Jamie Garroch is a Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon, the specialist presentation and eLearning agency. He develops PowerPoint automation solutions and add-ins that enable presentation authors to work smarter. He also trains people to present more effectively using visuals and animated scenes that explain and reinforce key messages, which is supported by free resources and tips at their site.
In this conversation, Jamie talks about the Presentation Summit, being held in San Antonio, TX this year from October 6 to 9, 2019.
Geetesh: Jamie, you are delivering the Plug In and Rock Out session at this year’s Presentation Summit. Can you tell us more about what attendees can expect as a takeaway?
Jamie: PowerPoint is, well, powerful and my session will focus on extending its capabilities ever further through the use of add-ins. Think of them like apps for your phone but instead of running on your phone, they run directly inside PowerPoint, adding new tabs and buttons to your ribbon.
You can choose to add access to millions of online icons and pictures, or integrate powerful new design tools in the ribbon that help you be more productive, creative and hence competitive. We’ll be demoing several add-ins plus a brand new one that super-charges alignment, painters, guides, animations, typography and much more.
And the best part, everything I’ll be talking about is free to download and use! If you already know PowerPoint and want it to do even more, then this session is for you.
Geetesh: You’ve been to the Presentation Summit as a sponsor, then as a patron, and now a speaker. Tell us how has the conference has influenced you?
Jamie: Meeting like-minded, inquisitive people in this industry has been a key motivator in repeatedly returning to the Presentation Summit. It’s all about the sharing of knowledge in a way that really excites and motivates patrons to return home at the end of the week and put into practice what they’ve learned. Oh, and the chats in the help desk, during the breaks and even during sessions are a great catalyst for new add-in ideas. Patrons arrive with real world problems that we can help fix. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing someone smile when you’ve helped them out.
Geetesh: PowerPoint programming is something that many PowerPoint designers stay away from, and of course, you are an exception. What is it that prevents many designers from benefitting from PowerPoint programming?
Jamie: I think that as presentation designers, we are essentially working in a very creative space. Presentation creation encompasses so many different disciplines from storytelling, messaging, structure and design that there is little time left to cram in programming. And in a way, the logical nature of programming doesn’t fit as well in the creative space as it does in say, the Excel space where the app is all about manipulating data numerically, often with a lot of math. The other challenge is that as designers we don’t necessarily need to know how to program but where to look to find code that has already been created and can simply be copied and pasted directly into our presentation. I’ll be covering that too in my session.
What is the Presentation Summit?
For nearly two decades, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Indezine.com is the official Media Partner for the Presentation Summit.
Date: October 6 to 9, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, TX, United States