Sandra Johnson has owned her presentation design business since 2001. As a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandra first earned the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Award in 2008 and is currently among around 40 people around the globe with that distinction. Sandra is a founding member and Vice President of The Presentation Guild.
In this conversation, Sandra talks about the ongoing Presentation Guild Survey.
Geetesh: Tell us more about the Presentation Guild, and what do you expect to achieve from this survey?
Sandra: This is just the first in many surveys we hope to conduct with potential Guild members. We are in the early stages of forming a trade association whose mission is to promote the presentation design and production industry as a profession, recognize the skills and expertise of presentation creation specialists, and provide opportunities for members to expand their knowledge and abilities. To that end, it is important to us that we learn more about what presentation professionals face when it comes to presentations so we can create an organization that meets their needs.
So, whether respondents work in an administrative role, create presentations for presenting at work, design presentations for others for a living, work backstage in an AV environment, or rely on others to create presentations for them to deliver, we’re asking presentationists to take 5 minutes to tell us a little about that role.
Geetesh: How will you use the responses in the survey to make the Presentation Guild more representative and relevant to its members?
Sandra: We will listen to every suggestion to make the Presentation Guild relevant to today’s presentationists. From presentation designers to the profession’s leading practitioners, we hope to draw members from all backgrounds, all fields, and all levels of experience—from all around the world. That’s why the results of this survey are so important – it will allow presentationists everywhere to influence an organization built just for them.
Disclosure: Geetesh Bajaj of Indezine is a founding member of The Presentation Guild.