5:30pm  ♦  After Hours

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Our unofficial launch party

This year’s welcome reception takes place right before our first-ever Sunday evening dinner keynote, featuring Temple Grandin. All patrons should plan their schedules to arrive in time to attend. We will be checking people in at this time, as well, and giving out badges and swag.

The reception, dinner, and the Temple Grandin keynote take place in the Seascape Room, just off the main dining room.

6:15pm  ♦  Group Meal

Dinner

We're not waiting for Monday morning -- with everyone expected to be in the house, and dinner provided for all guests, our programming begins with a meal and an evening keynote address.

7:00pm  ♦  Keynote Address

Brilliant Minds DO NOT Think Alike

The power of thinking in pictures
Led by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin did not speak until she was three-and-a-half years old. Displaying all the signs of autism, she went through countless hours of therapy to learn to speak. Mentored by her high school science teacher and her aunt, she pursued a career as a scientist, becoming a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

Today, half of the cattle in the U.S. are handled in humane facilities she designed. The author of books such as The Way I See It and The Autistic Brain, she demonstrates the power of “thinking in pictures” and the importance of embracing all kinds of minds.

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9:00pm  ♦  After Hours

Business Round Table

Ready to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs?
Led by Nolan Haims

Do you own a presentation business, speak professionally, or work freelance? Or do you hope to do one of these things one day? Being an entrepreneur is exciting, but also challenging when you don’t have a chance to gather with others and share best practices. On Sunday evening at the Presentation Summit, gather with others in similar situations to talk shop.

Come prepared to share what is working for you, whether it is a marketing idea, operations technique, or personnel approach. If you have a particular challenge in your business, bring that too and the group will help with ideas and experiences from our own businesses.

This discussion is for those who run their own presentation-related business or have aspirations of doing so one day.

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7:30am  ♦  Group Meal

Breakfast

In the Seascape Dining Room

8:45am  ♦  Keynote Address

Face to Face or Virtual?

Cognitive Conclusions Curated from Covid
Led by Carmen Simon

Living through an international pandemic provided unique opportunities for discovery and our favorite neuroscientist wasted no time pondering the question: Which mode of presentation delivery is the most effective: face to face, virtual, hybrid, or telephony? Is it better to stand or to sit? What if you have more than one presenter? And just how long can you expect to hold someone’s attention?

Answers to these and many other questions as we jumpstart the conference with some serious brain science.

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10:00am  ♦  The Studio

The Art of Motion

Animation without embarrassment
Led by Rick Altman

Take your pick, PowerPoint’s animation engine can be seen as one of the finest works of digital engineering ever...or as one of the most loathsome creations in history. Or both. That’s a pretty powerful software application that can evoke such a wide range of responses.

As always, the real control is in the hands of the violinist, not the violin, and the type of concerto that you choose to compose has everything to do with your ability to recognize the true purpose of animated objects in your presentation. This session will help you appreciate properly-conceived animation.

This session is for content creators and presenters who want to be smarter with their content delivery and create deeper bonds with their audiences.

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10:00am  ♦  The Lab

Charting Secrets

Next-level PowerPoint charting
Led by Nolan Haims

We all know it can be a struggle getting our charts formatted quickly and looking the way we want them to. This session covers tricks, techniques, and hacks to help you work more quickly with charts and to overcome seeming limitations to make professional and effective looking data visualizations.

This session is for anyone who wants to create and format charts more efficiently and more confidently.

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11:00am  ♦  The Studio

The Makeover Mentor

Before-and-after example slides
Led by Julie Terberg

Before-and-after pictures, stories, and programs are always popular because they allow us to see what can be. The same is true for the always-popular makeover sessions at the Presentation Summit. See what can be—and learn how to get there.

In this session, you’ll see real-world examples of before slides along with the redesigned after slides. We’ll cover what changes were made and why, discuss suggestions for further improvements, and share ideas that you can apply to your own presentation designs.

If you’re interested in improving your presentation designs, this session is for you.

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11:00am  ♦  The Lab

Artificial Presentations?

Is AI the new life-blood or death knell?
Led by Rick Altman

Artificial intelligence is permeating just about every aspect of business and society, and presentation is not late to the party. Far from it, as ChatGPT and its brethren carry profound implications for how we approach, prepare, and create presentation content. Join in on this first look at how AI will impact our workflow as presentationists: how it can assist in research, photo search, fleshing out of content, and actual building of slides. Soon, you might not be able to tell if a human authored those slides and nobody really knows if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

This introduction and overview addresses these implications. It answers the question of how and how not, why and why not to use these powerful new building blocks of content.

This session is for content creators who want to better understand how AI can help them do their jobs more efficiently and more effectively.

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12:00pm  ♦  Group Meal

Lunch

In the Seascape Dining Room

1:30pm  ♦  Group Think

Birds of a Feather

Discussions among the like-minded

Here's your chance to sink your teeth into the issues that are most salient to the world of presentation. Our roomies will spread out around the resort and our Zoomies will head into dedicated Zoom rooms. Topics:

Let’s Get Physical!
How can you calm yourself before a presentation when your heart is beating out of your chest? How can you increase your confidence, command the room, and control the occasion? We will explore the ways you can take advantage of your body and your physique to become more comfortable in front of audiences? There are tangible skills you can employ and physical behaviors you can practice. (Led by Rick Altman and Glenn Gibson)

You Want What??
Working on presentation projects with others can be a challenge. Whether it is your boss, your peer, or a direct report, the people skills you must employ are every bit as important as the design and slide-making skills you need to possess. This discussion explores how best to navigate these often treacherous waters. The seminar with the same name will then take a deeper dive into the slide-designing and slide-making skills that will help you collaborate better. (Led by Emily Lefebvre)

Listen up, Microsoft!
The Official Making of the Official Wish List. Join one of the members of the Microsoft MVP team to share, hope, wax on, or just flat-out bitch about the features that you want to see in a future version of PowerPoint. From your contributions will be created a single set of feature requests that will be sent directly to the development team. (Led by Echo Swinford)

Now Presenting...with AI
Designed to complement the “Artificial Presentations” seminar offered that morning, this discussion will explore the tools and the methods already in practice by presentation professionals. Bring your experiences and your can-it-do-this questions. (Led by Camille Holden)

Joining Forces
How can presentation coaches and presentation designers team up to create a whole new level of excellence for presenters? Where can each help their clients recognize the value of the other? How can they influence and enhance one another’s process as well as final outcomes? (Led by Ilene Bergelson)

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2:45pm  ♦  The Studio

Accessible Design Gotchas and Goodies

Not just for websites
Led by Stephy Hogan

Accessible digital design is becoming increasingly important, but the vast majority of resources are focused on web design. This session will give you the tools you need to make sure your presentations are accessible.

You also need to be able to defend the accessibility of your presentation when PowerPoint’s accessibility checker gets it wrong. And while we talk specifically about PowerPoint in this session, the goodies you’ll walk away with will apply across Office programs and other presentation software.

This is for anyone who already knows that they need to design with accessibility in mind, has a very basic knowledge of accessible design, and who needs to make their presentations as accessible as possible, as fast as possible.

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2:45pm  ♦  The Lab

Template Makeovers

Simple tricks for more effective templates
Led by Echo Swinford

Thorny template issues crop up for most of us weekly. This session explores case studies -- some with major overhaul situations and others that maybe just need small tweaks -- to talk about which battles you should pick and which you can let slide.

This session is for people who design and build PowerPoint templates.

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4:00pm  ♦  The Studio

Super-Simple Slide Designs

For the minimalist in all of us
Led by Mike Parkinson

Learn how to make simple yet engaging and professional slides and do it fast. Often we have to make presentations with very little time and money. Using the K.I.S.S. principle, discover tips, tricks, and techniques to developing amazing slides using the latest design trend: simplicity. Less is more in this session.

This session is for those who want to learn how to make simple and professional slide designs quickly. It is intended for designers and non-designers alike.

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4:00pm  ♦  The Lab

You Want What??

Managing (impossible) internal requests as an in-house designer
Led by Emily Lefebvre

The day-to-day slides in most companies are not the most dazzling presentations. Internal company communications are critical to decision making and timely information sharing, but slide content is typically crammed full of text, data, and visuals too difficult to see on most screens. The template wasn’t built properly...nothing about it says “accessibility”...time is crunched...and it’s all happening collaboratively in some cloud. Yeesh!

Led by a full-time presentation designer who has worked with small and large companies, this session shares best practices, strategies, methods, and tricks for optimizing decks.

This session is for anyone who works with slide materials that likely will be shared without a presenter.

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4:45pm  ♦  After Hours

Cocktails in the Courtyard

Happy hour at the conference

Once seminars break, we'll roll out a little welcome wagon in our private courtyard. So have a beverage on us.

6:00pm  ♦  Group Meal

Dinner

In the Seascape Dining Room

7:30pm  ♦  After Hours

The PowerPoint Trivia Contest

The intersection of creativity, ingenuity, and foolishness

You haven’t lived until you have watched, or played in, our PowerPoint Trivia Contest, taking place after dinner, back in Conference Central.

9:00pm  ♦  After Hours

The Guru Session

Drop in and chat with your extended family
Led by Ric Bretschneider

Some of you never want to stop talking about your favorite software, your presenting experiences, and the occasional emotional outburst about audiences. So this anything-goes session will go where the audience leads it, until we get tired and head off to bed.

Former 17-year senior program manager for PowerPoint and founding board member of the Presentation Guild, Ric Bretschneider leads the evening. Stories will be told. There is a good chance that you will need to raise your right hand and promise that what is said in the room that night stays in the room that night.

This session is for anyone who is interested in presenting, presentation history, and socializing in that environment.

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7:30am  ♦  Group Meal

Breakfast

In the Seascape Dining Room

8:45am  ♦  Keynote Address

Speaking from the Heart(s)

Storytelling at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Since 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has connected visitors with marine life to help build appreciation and empathy for the ocean. As the institution and its brand have evolved, it has made a conscious pivot to elevate more conservation messages in its multichannel storytelling with the goal of growing a base of supporters, engaging with an expanding online audience, inspiring our visitors to advocate for marine conservation, and yes, encouraging people to visit the Aquarium.

10:00am  ♦  The Studio

Fabulous Fonts and Terrific Type

Both geeky and inspirational
Led by Mike Parkinson

Learn how to make better presentations, improve accessibility, and get fresh design ideas. Avoid the weird technical issues that come from choosing the wrong fonts. Uncover good and bad font types. See which font families improve or hurt legibility. Get tips and techniques to make beautiful, professional slides quickly with free fonts. Use different fonts effectively to quickly enhance the visual appeal and impact of presentations.

This session is for anyone who wants more control and confidence over typeface choices.

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10:00am  ♦  The Lab

Think Faster, Talk Smarter

Effective in-the-moment speaking
Led by Matt Abrahams

In this talk, you will learn science-based strategies for managing anxiety, responding to the mood of the room, and making content concise, relevant, compelling, and memorable when speaking in the moment. 

You will leave with best practices for navigating Q&A sessions, shining in job interviews, providing effective feedback, making small talk, fixing faux pas, persuading others, and handling other impromptu speaking tasks.

This session is for those who want to become more comfortable and proficient communicating when they might not have sufficient time to prepare.

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11:00am  ♦  The Studio

Neurodiverse Makeovers

Because we don't all think alike
Led by Stephy Hogan

When people are designing for accessibility, they typically focus on physical disabilities, impairments, and identities. In this session, we’ll talk about what neurodiversity is, its various flavors, and how it affects our presentation design and delivery.

We’ll take some slides that were designed from a neurotypical mindset and make them over to be more ND friendly (and better designed overall).

This is for anyone who is curious about neurodiversity and how to connect with more people through neurodiverse-friendly slide design and delivery.

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11:00am  ♦  The Lab

No PowerPoint Allowed

Could you present without it?
Led by Glenn Gibson

When we create PowerPoints slides, we are focused on what the audience will see. But what if you challenged yourself to think differently about the presentations you create? What if you focused first on what your audience will hear? Once you learn how to motivate, inspire, and educate your audience with just your words, you can get even more creative with the visuals you use to drive home your key points.

This session explores the idea of creating your words first and your visuals last. This will unleash creative ideas for how to convey your message with great visuals, whether or not you choose to use PowerPoint.

This session is for anyone involved in creating presentations. Inexperienced presenters will develop confidence in their content, while experienced presenters will learn techniques to add substance to their style.

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12:00pm  ♦  Group Meal

Lunch

In the Seascape Dining Room

1:30pm  ♦  Group Think

Office Hours

Like meeting with your professor

Did one of our Monday seminars inspire you? Or confuse you? Want to know more about a particular topic? That is exactly what Office Hours are for, as several members of our team will be available for roomies and Zoomies, in small and more intimate settings than our standard seminars.

We will try to anticipate the topics we think you will want to learn more about, and we will also be ready to move quickly, should we learn of interests during the conference. Our team will all be on speed dial...

2:45pm  ♦  The Studio

Think Like a Designer

Because details matter!
Led by Julie Terberg

Details matter! Minor improvements have the potential to elevate a design from “acceptable” to “exceptional!” This session examines a variety of slide types, points out common design fails, and uncovers ways to fix them. Along the way, you’ll learn about basic design principles and how to apply them for professional results.

This seminar is for those who want to improve their slide designs with little steps, not necessarily big dramatic ones.

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2:45pm  ♦  The Lab

Train Forward, Teach Back

The power of retrieval practice in presentation
Led by Sheila Beth Robinson

Good presentations are about learning. Whether keynoting, teaching, or training, you need to know your content cold. Retrieval practice provides opportunities to strengthen your own learning, and to ensure your audiences walk away having retained your key messages and content. Retrieval practice is much deeper than just highlighting material and rereading notes and this session explores simple strategies to strengthen your own practice, help you engage your audiences, and ensure the learning sticks.

This session is for anyone who wants to learn better, and for presenters/trainers who want to ensure their content sticks.

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4:00pm  ♦  The Studio

Persuasive Visual Storytelling

Compelling ways to move your audience to action
Led by Richard Goring

We all know about the power of stories. And that slides should use visuals. But honestly, it can be hard to make sure each slide achieves its potential and you end up with a single nice image, or a series of nicely laid out icons. It’s all just… nice. And nice is not always the most effective. Instead, use meaningful visuals to tell your story.

Cut through the ordinary and consider the real impact on your audience. Read between the lines to show them what it really means. And get people excited and enthusiastic about what you’re sharing. In this session you’ll see how to captivate your audience with true visual storytelling, with a few practical examples thrown-in of how to create it all using PowerPoint.

This session is for anyone who wants better results when conveying information, whether to clients or internally, be it for sales or training.

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4:00pm  ♦  The Lab

PowerPoint Karaoke

Expect the unexpected
Led by Ric Bretschneider

PowerPoint Karaoke is a party game, presentation exercise, group challenge, and just plain hilarious all at the same time. Presenters will present slides they’ve never seen before. Thinking quickly on your feet while remembering all the important rules of good presenting is essential. You’ll take away an activity that is as at home in your office team building exercises as it is for home game night.

This session is for presenters who want to be prepared for anything, and who enjoy a good laugh.

4:45pm  ♦  After Hours

Beers on the Beach

Happy hour at the conference

We'll roll out our welcome wagon once again and invite you to join us on a stroll to the beach, about 1/4 mile from our ballrooms.

6:00pm  ♦  Group Meal

Dinner

In the Seascape Dining Room

7:00pm  ♦  After Hours

Evening Celebration

Our courtyard comes alive with music and vibes

We commemorate the friends we have made and colleagues we have connected with. Hosted bar, dessert station, a DJ, and silly games.

7:30am  ♦  Group Meal

Breakfast

In the Seascape Dining Room

8:45am  ♦  Keynote Address

Look Over There!

What magic taught me about presentation
Led by Nolan Haims

Nolan Haims spent his formative teen years as a professional magician, performing, winning competitions, and even touring with the Moscow Circus before turning to careers in theatre and presentation.

Magic was his first passion and where he first learned to craft compelling stories. Nolan will take you inside the world of magic and magicians and show you what we as presentation creators can learn from the fundamental principles of sleight of hand.

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10:00am  ♦  The Studio

More than Just a Cameo

Coolest thing since Morph?
Led by Rick Altman

Now available to all Office 365 users, Cameo just might be the answer to your dreams if you have wanted to better integrate your virtual self with your slides. Cheaper than using a mixer and easier than Open Broadcast Software, Cameo takes your camera output and drops it right onto your slide.

This introduction will get you started with this exciting feature.

This session is for virtual presenters who want to up their game.

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10:00am  ♦  The Lab

The ROI of DIY

Getting the best return when creating your own presentations
Led by Jody Wissing

Presentations are part of who you are, not a file on your computer. When you are tasked with creating a presentation to communicate your ideas and concepts, how do you effectively do it yourself, and how do you know when to bring in a presentation professional? This session explores the value of your ideas and vision and how slides can communicate them by exploring the real role they play and how to interact with them for maximum impact.

We'll dig into the power of presentation strategy and how to build systems for slide success that you can draw upon at a moment's notice. We’ll discuss the return on investment of utilizing presentations as your communication vehicle.

After all, without ideas, there would be no innovation, and without presentations, there would be no progress.

This session is for professionals who seek a deeper relationship with their ideas and want to inspire action through presentations.

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11:00am  ♦  The Studio

Killer Backgrounds

Creating great virtual art starts with the real world
Led by John Chen

Are you tired of the same old boring virtual backgrounds? Do you want someone to say WOW when they see your background? Learn the secrets to creating effective and inspiring virtual backgrounds for your use in Zoom calls, webinars, and other virtual communication, and all you need is your phone.

(This session follows a field trip for the roomies, in which they will head out across the resort in search of good backdrops. Participation in that outing is not required to attend this seminar.)

This session is for anyone who wants to up their virtual game.

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11:00am  ♦  The Lab

Plan, Create, Deliver

Down-to-Earth tips for busy people
Led by Chantal Bossé

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12:00pm  ♦  Group Meal

Lunch

In the Seascape Dining Room

1:15pm  ♦  General Session

The Miracle of Pecha Kucha

Embracing two easy rules creates amazing presentations
Led by Ric Bretschneider

Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation where presenters prepare 20 slides (no more, no less) with which to tell their stories. Each slide automatically advances in 20 seconds. What this means is that presenters prepare presentations that are focused, entertaining, and motivating, and they’re done in six minutes and forty seconds.

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2:15pm  ♦  General Session

Five Minutes or Fewer

Tips to match your attention span

The type and volume of tips, tricks, and advice that our team of experts could dole out is never ending. But by the end of the day on Wednesday, our respective attention spans promise to be trashed. We’re probably not capable of paying attention for more than about five minutes, so that is precisely how we’ll end the conference: with five-minute tips on a broad range of subjects.

These tiplets are brought to you by more than just our presenting team—we’ll solicit the participation of any patron who feels he or she has something to contribute to our conference story.

Please see the Five Minutes form in the conference app/platform, in the Everything Else tab.

5:00pm  ♦  After Hours

Closing Happy Hour

For those sticking around Wednesday night, join us for one final Happy Hour hosted reception.

Let us all cry in our beers (and other beverages) that the conference is over and celebrate together that we got to be part of it. We will announce the location earlier that day.