Steve Rindsberg is the CEO, COO, CFO of PPTools, where he develops popular add-ins for PowerPoint. There, he presides (he’s the President, too) over a vast staff (himself) and reports to the cats and any of the many foreign students that he and his wife have serially adopted. He began his professional life with a degree in Political Science. Armed with that, and little else, he’s spent his career as a photographer and multi-image slide show producer; doing computer graphics and service bureau work; and for the last ten years writing add-ins for PowerPoint. From developing film to developing software. Some day, perhaps, he’ll find a use for the degree.
In this conversation, Steve talks about the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Geetesh: You’ve been part of the Help Center at the Presentation Summit since its inception. Can you tell us more about how you set up the Help Center, and how can attendees benefit from this Center?
Steve: Actually, I’ve been part of the Help Center at Rick Altman’s conferences longer than that! I used to be one of the Help Center elves when Rick was putting on CorelWorld and VenturaWorld conferences. That worked so well that we set up the Help Center pretty much the same way for Presentation Summit.
It’s basically a small computer lab with half a dozen networked computers with Office installed. The Help Center is staffed by experienced PowerPoint users, most of them Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs, whenever the conference is open for business.
Our message to conference patrons is simple: “Bring your problem files or files you have questions about to the Help Center, or pay us a visit to get help with any issues or techniques you want assistance with. If whoever’s “on duty” can’t help, they’ll know which of the other Help Center staff can and will help put you in touch with them.”
Geetesh: Steve, can you share a story or some thoughts that will provide a glimpse into what happens in one day at the Help Center?
Steve: During any one day at the Help Center, we might help a complete PowerPoint newbie (Yes! They still exist!) with the basics. Or help a PowerPoint expert with a tricky animation problem. Or write a macro that quickly fixes a problem with all of the slides in a presentation or all of the presentations in a folder full of them.
It’s not at all unusual to hear from a patron that their hour in the Help Center paid for their entire trip to Presentation Summit.
And a promise: However basic or silly your question might seem to you, ask it. The Help Center staff (and this is true for pretty much anyone at Presentation Summit) will never make fun of you for asking. The only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask.
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