As the owner of Terberg Design, Julie Terberg designs presentations with the audience in mind. She is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and the art director of Presentation Guild. Julie has co-authored a couple of books on presentations and PowerPoint, and she enjoys speaking, and learning, at the Presentation Summit each year.
In this conversation, Julie discusses her sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
Geetesh: You are doing the Template Creation Workshop, which is an optional Sunday crash course. Additionally, you are doing the awaited The Makeover Maven Returns session, plus another session called Inspired by Design. And then you are also doing the Avoiding Color Anarchy quick session. In your thoughts, what do you think attendees will take away from your sessions?
Julie: In the Template Creation Workshop, Echo Swinford and I will cover best practices when building templates for others. This is a unique opportunity for participants to ask questions about their own template issues. We encourage folks to submit their template files and questions prior to the conference.
Makeovers are extremely popular at the Presentation Summit. Who doesn’t love a dramatic “before and after” transformation? For this session, patron-submitted slides go through the design wringer and come out with fresh new appearance. This isn’t a session all about looks, though. We’ll discuss what was changed and why so participants can apply similar ideas to their own presentations.
Inspired by Design is for those attendees looking for new approaches to designing presentation graphics. In this session, we’ll talk about finding inspirational sources and where to keep them handy. We’ll also discuss how to be influenced by your sources without being a copycat. Participants will see many examples of ideas that were transformed from multiple sources of inspiration.
Color choices can make or break the look of a presentation. Avoiding Color Anarchy is for those who want to learn how to assign appropriate theme colors, how to tweak specific color values, and how to choose a few additional colors to expand a palette.
Geetesh: Your sessions have always explored design, and design has been an underlying aspect even when you have done sessions on templates, color theory or pictures in the past. Tell us more about why design is such an important part of your creative expression?
Julie: Yes, Understanding and applying the principles of design can help all of us develop better presentation visuals, visuals that help our audiences understand and remember key points without distraction. Good design is not embellishment. It’s the elements that people don’t notice, such as composition, rhythm, hierarchy and so on, that when done well make the presentation content shine.
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: October 23 to 26, 2016
Location: Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, United States
Twitter Hashtag: Presum16
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