IN-PERSON: Oct 20-23
VIRTUAL: Nov 3-6

Because we don’t just stop at seminars

Here is our lineup of special programs and after-hours events, listed here in chronological order. Most are available to both of our audiences. Some require reservations ahead of time. Sign up for as many as you’d like.

Presentation Makeovers

Multiple times and sessions

We are enthusiastically accepting candidates for showcase and makeover sessions. To many, this is the most rewarding aspect of our curriculum, and at the same time the most important contribution you can make to the fabric of the conference. Julie Terberg is our Makeover Mentor, conference host Rick Altman conducts Real-World Makeovers for the Design-Challenged on Tuesday, Mike Parkinson zealously uses patron material in his Super-Simple Slide Design seminar, and several other sessions rely on contributions from our patrons.

Hover over each of these before images to see their makeovers. Then imagine what kind of magic our designers might be able to spin for you. These makeovers would cost over $1,000 out in the world, but you could get yours at the Summit at no extra charge.

Touch each image to see its makeover.

Sunday round tables

After dinner, Oct 20

Join us after dinner on Sunday with informal birds-of-a-feather gatherings. For those interested in the business of presentation consulting, Nolan Haims leads the Entrepreneur’s Round Table. This low-key discussion is for anyone who has started a business in the presentation space, or is considering doing so. It will begin at 8:00p at a location TBD on the resort.

It is likely that other discussion groups will be formed, as well. These gatherings are for our in-person audience.

The PowerPoint Trivia Contest

Monday, Oct 21 | Nov 4

Our after-hours program comes alive with our now-famous PowerPoint Trivia Contest, featuring up to a dozen contestants competing on three teams for good-natured bragging rights and prizes. This takes place right after seminars break on Monday, the first day of the conference, and promises to be a great ice-breaker for participants and spectators.

Please note that you do not need to be an expert user to participate; puzzle-solving, clue-giving skills, and being a good teammate are more valuable to a team than PowerPoint knowledge. And humor and enthusiasm are perhaps the most important qualities of all!

The Trivia Contest will be held for both audiences, our roomies and Zoomies, and is open to all attendees—patrons and partners.

PowerPoint Karaoke

Tuesday, Oct 22 | Nov 5

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 great practice for any communicator. You’ll take away an activity that is as at home in your office team building exercises as it is for home game night. 

All attendees are invited to apply—patrons, exhibitors, team members—from both of our audiences.

The Pecha Kucha Revolution

Wednesday, Oct 23 | Nov 6

We pay homage to an innovative style of presentation known as Pecha Kucha: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. What first might seem confining becomes liberating, as patrons learn to trust their own storytelling skills. It is a wonderful antidote to Death by PowerPoint because it forces you to develop your talk track first. This session will be led by Ric Bretschneider, one of the pioneers of the discipline, who will provide coaching and assistance before the conference.

Each year we accept about a half-dozen volunteers to participate. You will be glad to be one of them!

Members of both audiences can apply to participate.

For our roomies

Evening receptions

From Saturday’s happy hour for early arrivers to Wednesday’s post-conference wind-down, you will get to socialize with your new conference buddies every evening. Most of these gatherings are hosted.

Dinners out

Our staff will happily help you plan dinner and evening excursions around the resort or to restaurants nearby. Just wait until you meet Jennifer—her badge reads “Cruise Director.”

For our Zoomies

Digital hangouts

Sunday open house…morning coffee klatches…mid-day discussions…end-of-day happy hours. Indeed, there will be no shortage of opportunities to meet peers and make friends in our virtual space.

A dedicated MC

The uber-extroverted John Chen joins our team with a sole purpose: to keep you engaged and see to your every virtual need. He is hard to say no to, so when he suggests that he’s going to get a keynote speaker, a popular presenter, or the conference host to join him in his virtual studio, you can bank on that happening.