Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation guru, solution and strategy expert, award-winning author, and trainer. He is a key contributor to 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 sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.
Geetesh: Mike, you are doing two sessions this year at the Presentation Summit — one is called Presentation Tips from the Masters: Learn from the Best of the Best. The other is Pitch Perfect: Secrets to Successful Sales Presentations. Can you tell us more about both these sessions, and what takeaways can the audience expect from them?
Mike: In Presentation Tips from the Masters, as a group we analyze exceptional moments from a diverse group of presentation masters like Steve Jobs, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Tony Robbins. Based on this real-time analysis, we uncover what all have in common and use those techniques in an exercise to see what works for us and what does not. When the class is complete attendees will know how master presenters work their magic and how to do it themselves.
Pitch Perfect shares the secrets to making successful sales presentations. We learn the three reasons why people buy and how best to craft a slide deck that improves sales using the latest behavioral psychology and neuromarketing techniques. We get the recipe for persuasive presentations.
Geetesh: You’ve been part of the Presentation Summit for several years — can you share your thoughts about how this event benefits new attendees, and also how it helps repeat visitors?
Mike: Both new and returning attendees get the latest tips, tricks, and tools to do their jobs faster, better, and cheaper. We have a unique opportunity to “geek out” with our fellow presentation specialists. All facets of the industry are represented—from design to delivery. Every time I attend Presentation Summit I learn new and incredibly valuable solutions to my biggest challenges, make many professional connections, make new friends, and have a LOT of fun doing it. It is a playground that produces (and supports) presentation experts. Beginners to veterans walk away better than they entered.
What is the Presentation Summit?
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: September 27 to 30, 2015
Location: Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, USA