Mike Parkinson (Microsoft MVP, CPP APMP Fellow) is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert and a multi-published, award-winning author. He regularly contributes articles and conducts educational seminars to companies like Microsoft, Motorola, Dell, Xerox, and Lockheed Martin as well as at learning institutions, government agencies, and conferences around the world. Mike owns a design education company, Billion Dollar Graphics, a creative services firm, 24 Hour Company, and authored a successful visual communication book, Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics.
In this conversation, Mike discusses his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
Geetesh: You are doing at least three sessions at this year’s Presentation Summit: Do-it-Yourself Graphics, Special Delivery, and Better Presenting through Psychology. Tell us more about these three diverse topics, and how will attendees benefit from your sessions?
Mike: Making and delivering great presentations requires a spectrum of skills such as design theory, rendering skills, storytelling, and an understanding of how audiences learn and are influenced. These three workshops tap into the key skill sets professionals use to create powerful presentations for companies, learning institutions, and government agencies.
Do-It-Yourself Graphics shares step-by-step instructions to make professional PowerPoint graphics. Special Delivery shows attendees how to deliver engaging presentations. Better Presenting through Psychology uses the latest behavioral psychology to improve understanding, recollections, adoption, and persuasion. All sessions give attendees a hands-on experience.
The sessions are fast-paced and interactive. Each workshop is architected to help attendees add new presentation skills to be successful both professionally and personally.
Geetesh: You were recently awarded as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft for PowerPoint. Can you tell us more about your MVP Award?
Mike: It is such an honor. I’m so excited that I can share my experiences and influence future versions of the software. I use PowerPoint as both a presentation tool (for educations and sales) as well as a design tool (for infographics and marketing). My clients see PowerPoint as a graphics tool too. My hope is that I can help Microsoft, in some small way, improve the “PowerPoint as a design tool” experience without sacrificing what the software was made to do—presentations.
The company’s latest version of the tool is an evolutionary leap forward and I credit Microsoft PowerPoint’s amazing development team and the input they are receiving from users and MVPs around the world.
I will continue to be a champion for software best practices and defer to Microsoft for answers to my client’s toughest questions. (I apologize in advance to Microsoft’s PowerPoint developers. I get some tough questions.)
Used with permission from Sharyn Fitzpatrick/PresentationXpert