It’s about the graphics. No, it’s about the message. No, it’s about the delivery! At The Presentation Summit, speakers from Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Holland and the U.S. will be teaching hundreds of attendees from 14 countries how to make their careers recession-proof by becoming stellar presenters in all aspects.
Speakers headed to the Catamaran Resort Hotel October 17-20 range from a neurosurgeon to the person who created the slides for an Academy Award-winning documentary, from a jazz musician to graphic designers, from inspirational speakers to the Microsoft PowerPoint design team. High on the agenda will be a chance for attendees to get their feet wet mastering the ins and outs of PowerPoint 2010.
The Presentation Summit’s experts providing hands-on guidance for conference attendees include:
• Rick Altman, conference host and author of 15 books on presentations and graphics, and author of “Why Most PowerPoint Presentations SUCK and how you can make them better;”
• Connie Malamed, author of “Visual Language for Designers: Creating Graphics That People Understand;”
• Neurosurgeon Justin Massengale, whose cartoon expertise made him a Top 10 finalist in YouTube’s 2008 Project: Direct Short Film contest;
• Dave Paradi, author of “102 Tips to Communicate More Effectively Using PowerPoint;”
• Dr. Carmen Taran, co-founder of Rexi Media who has entertained audiences in Japan, China, Taiwan, Canada and the U.S.;
• Scott Schwertly, an epic storyteller who owns Ethos3, a Nashville-based presentation boutique that trains and designs for an international clientele including Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs like Guy Kawasaki;
• John Wilson, director of the United Kingdom’s PPTAlchemy, whose slogan is “Impossible Projects May Take a Little Longer;”
• Scott “Q” Marcus, who’s playful, interactive style (developed as a professional speaker after losing a great deal of weight) has been described as “a cross between Business 101, group therapy and a southern revival;”
• Glen Millar, who leads a team of Australian government professionals responsible for environmental communication and community engagement projects;
• Mike Parkinson, author of “Billion Dollar Business Graphics,” who recently launched BizGraphicsOnDemand.com.
• Wayne Michael of Novogradac & Co. LLP, a top 50 public accounting firm, who trains employees in simplifying complex technical material for audiences of varying levels of experience;
• Echo Swinford, a medical meeting planner who uses PowerPoint for webcasts, CDs and online applications;
• Julie Terberg, a master designer known as the “Makeover Maven,” who trains other designers through custom workshops;
• Nancy Duarte, author of “slide: ology,” who created the slides for the Oscar®-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth;”
• Geetesh Bajaj from Hyderabad, India, who runs the PowerPoint-specific website indezine.com;
• Bob van Duuren, the conference’s “IT Geek in Residence,” who hails from Holland;
• Rikk Flohr, an award-winning photographer (Fleeting Glimpse Images) and refugee from corporate marketing, with a degree in computer science;
• Sandra Johnson, creative director of R. Altman & Associates and “hands-on PowerPoint guidance counselor extraordinaire;”
• Todd Dunn, jazz saxophonist from the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, who’s an expert in event production and chair of InfoComm’s Presentations Council;
• Richard Bretschneider, former senior program manager for the Microsoft PowerPoint team and host of Presentations Roundtable podcasts;
• Steve Rindsberg, author of popular PPTools add-ins and publications about the software;
• Julie Terberg, master designer known as “the Makeover Maven,” who teaches custom workshops for graphic designers;
• Nigel Holmes, former Executive Art Director of TIME Magazine, principal of Explanation Graphics, and author of “Wordless Diagrams” and other books, will give the keynote address.
Additional details about the conference are available at presentationsummit.com/.