Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

Monday, October 5, 2015
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 AM IST



Mike ParkinsonMike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation guru, solution and strategy expert, award-winning author, and trainer. He is a key contributor on multi-billion dollar projects and helps Fortune 500 companies improve their success rates. Mike shares his expertise through books like Billion Dollar Graphics, articles, and online tools. He is also partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier creative services firm.

In this conversation, Mike discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

Geetesh: Tell us more about what you do — and also about how audience perceptions about visuals have changed/evolved over the years?

Mike: My job is to make my clients more successful through their sales, marketing, and education activities and materials. My creative services firm uses a hybrid of training, coaching and consulting to drive results. Proven innovations applied to our field (e.g., the latest behavioral psychology findings) continues to be key.

Visual communication plays an ever-growing role in education and persuasion. In the last five years, there has been a shift in design. The past favored designs that mimicked reality (skeuomorphism). Today, flat/simple designs that often include large photographs and thin fonts are en vogue. The popularity of smartphones and tablets have pushed us toward a “less is more” aesthetic. In the coming years, expect the popular design approach to evolve—usually taking the best of what has come before with a modern spin.

Outstanding Presentations 2015

Geetesh: What will you speak about in your session as part of the Outstanding Presentations series – and what would be the takeaway for attendees?

Mike: Attendees learn the five silver bullets that guarantee a successful presentation. It’s easy—when you know how. See almost 50 examples of amazing slides and presentations that demonstrate how to use each of the five silver bullets. Attendees also get my popular Graphic Cheat Sheet (pick the right graphic for your slides) and find websites that offer free and low-cost graphics.

What is Outstanding Presentations Workshop?

Since 6 years, Ellen Finkelstein has been hosting her immensely popular webinar series on presentation skills called Outstanding Presentations Workshop, or OPW for short.

Days: Tuesdays, starting September 8, 2015 ending October 20, 2015. Each webinar lasts approximately 1 hour.

Time: At 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT / 11:30pm IST / 4am AEST

Each webinar will be recorded so you can view it later (for 2 weeks after the session). Sign up for the webinars now!

You must sign up, even to view the recordings.

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