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Many thanks to all who attended our spring workshop series in the SF Bay. Our next workshop will be across the Atlantic, in Paris France! Join us on July 12 for that...

Give him one day…

...and you’ll come away with an entirely different perspective on how to craft and deliver an excellent presentation

Organizations are starting to get it: effective presentation content cannot be taken for granted. They can't send someone out to represent them with an hour of PowerPoint training. The bar is much higher now, so it's your turn—it is more vital and urgent than ever that you hone your skills.

Sign up for Rick Altman’s one-day workshop and never look at a presentation project the same way again. Whether you are the presentation designer, the content manager, the PowerPoint user, the presenter, or (most likely) some combination of all four, these seminars will open your eyes to entirely new strategies and techniques to help you do your job better, faster, and with more satisfaction. Join us and you will find:

  • Practical and relevant advice for day-to-day slide creators
  • Cutting-edge PowerPoint techniques to maximize productivity
  • Clear, lucid advice on slide design for those who are not professional designers
  • Strategies and tactics for crafting better messages and for speaking before audiences.

Complete information about this workshop is all below. Give him a day. He’ll give you back a whole lot more.

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Any industry, any position

Training, sales, administrative, human resources, education, leadership, middle management, executive — if you are creating presentation content, you can probably be doing it better, and we will provide insight into the three main tenets of presentation crafting:


Message & Design

Most people handle messaging backward: they focus on their own virtues without showing regard for the audience’s interests and concerns. And few who come to presentation do so from a background in the arts. Yet we are asked to design presentations, often on a daily basis.


PowerPoint Technique

Truly advanced PowerPoint users are few and far between, but not because the program is exceptionally difficult; just the opposite. The software is so easy to start using, not many go below the surface to learn the program’s finer points. You will get to do that this spring.



You do not have to have been born to speak in public in order to become better at it. There are tangible skills and physical behaviors you can employ to help you become more comfortable before an audience.

Should you attend?

This one-day workshop is for those who owe their professional livelihoods to the designing, building, and/or delivery of presentation material. These seminars are for you if...

  • You struggle with devising the best way to define your message
  • You suspect there is a more efficient way to design your slide decks
  • You are uncertain how to balance your message with the data you need to provide
  • The mechanics of driving PowerPoint frustrate you and its finer points elude you
  • The specter of delivering a presentation sets you on edge

If you are in any of these categories, you will find enormous value in joining us around the Bay this spring. This all-day workshop is your unique opportunity to become extraordinary in your presentation work.

These seminars are conducted presentation-style — meticulously prepared and professionally paced so users of all levels can follow.

Patrons are welcome to bring their notebook computers to follow along, as well as recording devices for personal and non-commercial use. Furthermore, we encourage you to send your files to us ahead of time so that we might include them in our curriculum as a makeover or a point of discussion. That type of work is normally billed in the low four figures, but it would be done as part of this workshop at no extra charge.

Many thanks to all who attended our spring workshop series in the SF Bay. Our next workshop will be across the Atlantic, in Paris France! Join us on July 12 for that...

Workshop Agenda and Topics



Blended into each of these sessions is generous Q&A time. And whenever possible, we will create examples from work submitted by workshop attendees. You will be out by 4:00p.


Here is what you will take away and be able to implement right away:

  • The simple principles of slide design that all content creators can adopt, even if they have no background in the arts.
  • The incredible power of motion and animation and the important responsibility it holds for the presenter.
  • How to use PowerPoint’s tools to best define, distinguish, and highlight the important points that presenters need to make.
  • The power of templates and layouts and the clean and simple ways that you can leverage them.
  • Why so many well-intentioned presenters do not connect with their audience and what they can do to solve this.
  • How the conventional way that many companies tell their story in a presentation might be the exact wrong way to do it.
  • The commands and the program shortcuts that truly do save time and effort, and the ones that are just a waste.
  • The specific tactics and behaviors that all presenters can employ, even if they have no natural affinity for speaking in public.
  • How to resist the eye candy and silly toys that are responsible for Death by PowerPoint millions of times each day.

Many thanks to all who attended our spring workshop series in the SF Bay. Our next workshop will be across the Atlantic, in Paris France! Join us on July 12 for that...


Admission for the full day of seminars costs $349. The registration fee is payable by check, credit card, or PayPal. Included with admission:

  • Six meaty and robust topics, professionally-paced and delivered by one of the foremost experts in presentation design, content creation, and delivery
  • Complete set of professionally formatted handouts to complement the seminars
  • Access to a private website full of finished work, examples, and practice files
  • Opportunity to submit slides for review, critique, and possible makeover. Everyone who submits slides will receive, at a minimum, an appraisal via email or telephone.
  • Email follow-up with the seminar leader on any of the topics covered
  • A nicely catered lunch

Seating is limited to 35 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. Group discounts from the same organization begin at four people.

CANCELLATIONS: 80% refund given if cancellation is received in writing more than 14 days before event; 40% refund if between 7 and 14 days before event; no refund within 7 days of event. Substitutes always welcome.

Rick Altman

Rick has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. As the host of the internationally-acclaimed annual conference, the Presentation Summit, he is largely responsible for the global community of presentation professionals that thrives today.

An avid sportsman, he was not a good enough tennis player to make it onto the professional tour. All the rest of this has been his Plan B…


Many thanks to all who attended our spring workshop series in the SF Bay. Our next workshop will be across the Atlantic, in Paris France! Join us on July 12 for that...

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Many of our patrons arrive at the conference on Saturday for better airfare and/or more relaxed travel. As a result, one of the most popular parts of the event has been our optional crash course program. These two-hour workshops are designed to jump-start your conference experience, offering primers on the fundamentals and on topics with which you might not be familiar or feel you might need a bit more grounding. These courses carry a modest extra fee; they are the only part of the curriculum that is not covered by your registration fee.

We will announce our three crash courses for 2020 soon after the new year; for reference here are the 2019 offerings, and they follow our established pattern: a workshop on presentation skills, another on presentation design, and one on an essential PowerPoint skill or technique.

Present with Presence
How do elite speakers succeed? Learn the secrets
Presenting is a blend of the artistic and the technical. This two-hour interactive workshop explores how elite speakers deliver messages with power and impact.

Farewell to Death by PowerPoint!

A guide to the presentation universe
Can a two-hour course arm you with all of the fundamentals for effective presentation work? This one will try with a tour of all four of the key tenets to good presentation: message, design, PowerPoint, and delivery. It is the perfect jump-start to your conference experience. This is normally an $895 workshop and is only offered here to conference patrons; no day passes available.

From Story to Slides
A killer start-to-finish approach to making amazing presentations
Create clear, compelling, and powerful presentations in less time and with higher success.

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Read fully-formed outlines of these courses