Four days of magic • Oct 6-9, 2019 • San Antonio TX

We know from 25 years of experience in the conference business how important it is to present the most useful and engaging material, and have it presented in the most professional manner. It is what separates us from a trade show that cares more about its traffic flow and attendance figures than its seminar tracks. There are several prerequisites for speaking at the Presentation Summit—we call them our three Ps:


You have something significant to say: you have a unique perspective on a topic of interest to presentation pros; you have undertaken an extraordinary project that others would benefit from; or you have devised a clever way of producing something that otherwise would be difficult.


You have proven and demonstrable experience speaking before a group and can furnish a video clip as a sample.


If you intend to show software technique, you are comfortable being your own narrator as you take hand to mouse to drive the software while a crowd of many dozens watches you.

The Presentation Summit • October 6-9, 2019 • San Antonio TX

Delivering a Seminar or Workshop

Our presentations are 30 and 60 minutes long. They typically take one of four forms:

  1. A general session or keynote about a topic of universal interest
  2. A compelling story about how the presentation medium was used for extraordinary purpose
  3. A step-by-step journey through how a slide deck was created, using an imaginative technique, clever workaround, or compelling design
  4. Authoritative advice with respect to best practices in presentation.

In all of these cases, you would be expected to prepare handout material, following a specific editorial guideline which we would furnish. You would also allow us to place finished files and/or the building blocks for a project on our conference download site, so the patrons can get a refresher on your message and/or reverse-engineer your techniques upon their return home.

Two moments of reality, based on our experience:

1. Giving a presentation about presentations to an audience of presentation professionals represents a unique challenge. Speaking candidly, to be thought of as the PowerPoint guru within a specific industry is not sufficient credential to qualify you to speak at the Summit. This group will not impress as easily as your peers back home.

2. Speaking at the Summit is not necessarily your free pass to it. We regularly receive proposals from patrons and sponsors to speak at the conference and we are always looking to cultivate new talent. In most cases, you would be expected to register for the conference as a patron or as an exhibitor/sponsor. If you are invited to speak and you accept, a personal honorarium would be paid to you, separate from any fees paid to the conference.

The Presentation Summit • October 6-9, 2019 • San Antonio TX

On-Site Assistance

Think of the last big trade show that you attended. Did you not have to enter to a maze of pipe and drape, get a badge from a smileless worker, and then ask directions of someone who looked like a cop? Now you know precisely what we insist on avoiding at our events. We have several openings for general assistants who would report to our seminar and registration managers. You would help on the first day by greeting people and helping them with registration. Then as room monitors during the presentations, to make sure that the lights are on and off when they should be, the speaker’s needs are met, and general happiness prevails. Then on the final day, you would assist with tear-down and pack-up.

Qualifications for these jobs are not Einsteinian, but they are non-negotiable: Energy, enthusiasm, and an over-abundance of friendliness. PowerPoint expertise is not a job requirement here. As these are all public positions, you would be able to attend the seminars and other conference events.

We also have openings for volunteers who are comfortable with digital camcorders. We video record our sessions from fixed tripod positions and those cameras need simple baby-sitting before and after sessions, and then each evening, files need to be uploaded to a storage device. Qualifications for these positions are a basic comfort level with gadgets and gear.

Candidates accepted to these positions would see their registration fees reduced.

The Presentation Summit • October 6-9, 2019 • San Antonio TX