Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communication, graphic and presentation design. He runs his own boutique consultancy that trains organizations to communicate more clearly and with fewer words. He speaks at national conferences, writes about visual storytelling at PresentYourStory.com, is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and is one of the hosts of The Presentation Podcast.
In this conversation, Nolan talks about his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Geetesh: You are doing three sessions, including the Entrepreneur’s Round Table. Your other sessions are Printing with PowerPoint and Finding Your Way in PowerPoint. Please tell us more about these sessions, and what takeaways attendees can expect from them?
Nolan: Well, we’re going to kick things off the very first night with what has become perhaps my favorite session: The Entrepeneur’s Roundtable. This is a late night more casual session where we gather around couches and chairs with drinks and discuss what it’s really like to be in the presentation business—specifically what it’s like to run your own business or work as a freelancer. The evening is a very candid discussion of challenges, solutions, ideas and best practices shared by all. There are no panelists, but rather everyone is encouraged to ask questions and share their own learnings. In the past we have discussed fee structures, contracts, getting new business, handling difficult clients and how to make that leap from staffer to being your own boss.
Printing With PowerPoint is a session I have wanted give for years. More and more documents and presentation destined for print purposes only are being created using PowerPoint. While not originally designed for these purposes, PowerPoint is very capable of creating high-quality print documents that when done right, can be indistinguishable from something created with InDesign. In this hour-long session, we’ll discuss hacks, tricks, and techniques for using PowerPoint as a document creation tool both from design and technical perspectives.
Finally, Finding Your Way in PowerPoint will cover some strategies and ideas for inserting wayfinding into your next presentation. There is nothing worse as an audience member than getting lost in an endless series of slides and not knowing whether there are two slides left or two hundred. We’ll go beyond table of contents and divider slides to show how you can implement visual cues for your audience as well as actual clickable navigation throughout your next presentation.
Geetesh: You have spoken so often at the Presentation Summit, and patrons of the conference have learned so much from your sessions. But what about you; how do you benefit from being part of the Presentation Summit?
Nolan: Aside from the amazing opportunity to network and connect with the best and brightest in the world of presentation, I also eagerly look forward to speaking with the “soldiers on the front line.” I always try to make my sessions relevant and practical, and you can only do that by understanding the real-world challenges people are facing daily in their organizations and their roles.
But hey, I also learn a great deal from the sessions, keynotes and help center. Not a year has gone by where I haven’t left with a notebook filled with new tips, tricks, and techniques. And I always make a point to swing by the help center to get help with whatever bugs or frustrations I happen to be dealing with at the moment or have run across in the past year. There is always more to learn and know.
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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