Mike Parkinson (Microsoft MVP and APMP Fellow) is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, professional speaker, and award-winning author. Mike is one of 36 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world. He regularly conducts workshops and creates graphics, presentations, and creative materials for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, FedEx, Xerox, Dell, and Boeing as well as at international learning institutions and organizations. Mike owns both Billion Dollar Graphics and 24 Hour Company. He authored a popular Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics book and is completing his latest book on PowerPoint for educators.
In this conversation, Mike talks about his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Geetesh: You are doing three sessions this year at the Presentation Summit: PowerPoint Infographics, Super-Simple Slide Designs, and Top Three Ways to Engage Your Audience. Can you share your perspective about these sessions, and how attendees will benefit by attending them?
Mike: In PowerPoint Infographics, we learn how to make aesthetically professional infographics using two (kinda’) common tools: Merge Shapes and Color Fill. We make infographics that are as good as anything that comes from Adobe Illustrator. We learn about great online tools and get a software trick to make vector graphics PowerPoint native. No design skill needed. The following are examples of infographic templates I made using what we learn in the class:
Super-Simple Slide Designs is a must-see session if you need to make professional slides with very little money and time. Using the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple Silly), discover tips, tricks, and techniques to develop amazing slides using the latest design trend—simplicity. Less is more in this session. This presentation is for non-designers and designers alike. Expect to be inspired.
In the Top Three Ways to Engage Your Audience, we learn the three best ways to do just that. If you use these techniques you will always grab and hold your audience for the entire length of your presentation. Because I practice what I’m sharing I regularly receive feedback like the following:
The [techniques] were masterfully implemented to keep my attention and keep me fully engaged. One of the only 8-hour training courses I’ve attended in my 20 years that did not have any sections that felt like the clock stopped moving.
I won’t share what the three techniques are right now but I will give three ways to avoid turning off your audience…
- Not being prepared.
Solution: Write down what ya want to say before you say it and practice OUT LOUD!
- No passion.
Solution: Find something that excites you about your presentation. It could be that you are helping people, the subject matter, the technology and focus on that. Get your energy from the thing(s) that charge your batteries. People sense it. Passion is contagious.
- Bad / unprofessional slides. (Y’know those slides that tell the whole room—I threw this together because this doesn’t really matter to me.).
Solution: Ditch the slides. You should be the focus and your slides support your message. If the slides are holding you back, lose them. You know this stuff! (And if you don’t, why are you presenting it?) Speak from your heart, share stories, be you.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Geetesh: Many attendees return to the Presentation Summit each year, and they say that this conference is different because it makes learning so much fun. How is that possible? Can learning be fun?
Mike: Learning should be fun, because without engagement, learning is impossible. At the Presentation Summit, the facilitators and presenters are passionate and that passion is contagious. They love sharing what they have learned with others in exciting ways. This means that presentations become interactive dialogues with exercises to help you remember the material. Plus, we are with our people. Everyone geeks out. They share stories and learn from others’ expertise at every turn. That’s fun!
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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 24 to 27, 2017
Location: The Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, United States
Twitter Hashtag: Presum17