Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books — she just announced the 2013 incarnation of Outstanding Presentations Workshop, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts.
In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this new webinar series.
Geetesh: Your Outstanding Presentations series of webinars has been very successful – can you tell us more about the upcoming series this year and your line of speakers?
Ellen: This year we have a group of very experienced communication experts:
- Troy Chollar is a top multimedia expert and a PowerPoint MVP. He’ll be speaking on Multimedia in PowerPoint — September 10
- Tom Mucciolo is a well-known visual communication and business presentation consultant. His topic is Develop high-quality communication skills — September 17
- Dave Paradi is a business communication consultant and author as well as a PowerPoint MVP. His topic is Make your presentation compelling, not annoying — October 1
- Lisa B. Marshall is a communication consultant and author. She’ll talk on Engagement: 13.5 ideas to gain attention — October 8
- Tom Kuhlman, VP of Community at Articulate, is well-known for his amazing PowerPoint tutorials. He’ll be speaking on PowerPoint’s no longer a slide show freak — October 15
- Chantal Bossé is a consultant with Aspire Communications, author, and PowerPoint MVP. Her topic is Build a flexible presentation so you can adapt to your audience’s needs — October 22
- Ellen Finkelstein — Finally, I’ll speak on High-persuasion PowerPoint presentation secrets — October 29
Geetesh: You always get another set of great speakers each year — tell us about what happens behind the scenes — do you have any experiences to share?
Ellen: At the end of each year’s sessions, I ask participants which speakers they would like to hear the following year. I also maintain many connections with people in the presentation industry. And I ask for introductions. For example, after you interviewed Tom Mucciolo, I asked you to introduce him to me. Then I just ask people to speak. The speakers have been amazingly generous with their time and expertise.
All of the speakers are well-known in their field (some are downright famous!) and they’ve chosen very interesting topics as well. I think the workshop will be very exciting!