Presentation Summit 2020: Conversation with Julie Terberg

Presentation Summit 2020: Conversation with Julie Terberg

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Julie Terberg

Julie Terberg
Julie Terberg is the creative force behind Terberg Design LLC, a small and smart studio that specializes in presentations. She is an internationally recognized presentation expert, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, and a director of the Presentation Guild. At conferences and online, Julie enjoys teaching and sharing ideas with other presentation professionals. With Nolan Haims, she co-hosts a monthly webinar, “Inspired by Design,” exclusively for members of the Presentation Guild. With Echo Swinford, Julie co-authored Building PowerPoint Templates: Step by Step with the Experts, and the authors are currently working on an updated version.

In this conversation, Julie talks about her sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020. is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Geetesh: Julie, you are delivering three sessions this year at the virtual Presentation Summit: The Makeover Mentor, Creative Imagery, and Template Talk. Can you tell us more about what you cover in these sessions, and what are the takeaways can expect from them?

Julie: During the Makeover Mentor session, I’ll show you many real-world examples of before slides along with the redesigned after slides. Makeovers are always popular and for good reason! They allow us to see what can be. In this session, we’ll cover what changes we made to the example slides and why. We’ll discuss suggestions for further improvements and share ideas that you can apply to your own presentation designs.

Creative Imagery is a fun session! It’s perfect for anyone looking for new ways to design with images. I’ll demonstrate various techniques using PowerPoint features, and a few techniques that can be accomplished with free resources. We’ll talk about masking, overlays, blurs, duotones, and other visual effects that are sure to inspire you with your presentation designs.

Templates can be tricky. There are SO many little gotchas that can come back to bite you, or the template users, as presentations are being created and shared. During Template Talk, Echo Swinford and I will answer your most vexing template questions. Having trouble with colors or fonts? Perhaps you need help with placeholders or footers. Or maybe something else is causing problems for everyone and you just can’t figure out why. This is your chance to ask the template experts and address those issues once and for all!

Geetesh: Can you share some guidelines about creating stellar presentation design that would be more suitable for remote presenting?

Julie: I’m always a fan of “less is more” when it comes to presentation design. When it comes to online delivery, that advice holds true. No one wants to face a wall of text on their screen (monitor, laptop, tablet, or phone), nor should they have to sort through a complex chart or diagram to figure out what the presenter is trying to convey. Edit the slide content, focus on high-level information, and allow the presenter to speak to the rest.

Use supportive images, graphics, callouts, and other visual conventions to help the audience follow along and to help them understand key messages. Stellar design can only go so far to keep folks interested, though. Make sure you keep it brief and stop often for questions or feedback!

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit Julie Terberg 2020

Presentation Summit Julie Terberg 2020

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. is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Date: August 10 to 13, 2020

Location: Virtual Event

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