Presentation Summit 2020: Conversation with Mike Hanlon

Presentation Summit 2020: Conversation with Mike Hanlon

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Mike Hanlon
Mike Hanlon was born while his father was in the US Air Force stationed in Germany and grew up bi-lingual. He has been in the aviation industry, on the ground only, since July of 1979, working for numerous airlines and founded his own company in 2014. He became an instructor while employed by a Brazilian airline where he met his wife and was able to learn a third language, Portuguese. This has been valuable as a member since 2006 of the SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he is one of two Co-chairs in the training committee and responsible for the writing and publication of deicing training standards worldwide. Currently, he trains at numerous airports between Paris and Tokyo and is looking forward to expanding to airports in the US.

In this conversation, Mike talks about attending 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: Mike, this is the first year you are attending the Presentation Summit conference. What does this mean to you, and what are your expectations?

Mike: I am honored and humbled to be able to attend numerous sessions on presenting. I am looking forward to a wealth of shared knowledge that will assist me in my world of teaching and instructing. I expect to be overwhelmed by the amount of information all condensed into 4 half days. I have learned so much over the past 4 years and I cannot wait what else I can pick up at the virtual summit.

Having this opportunity means that I can attend the Presentation Summit within a budget that otherwise would not be an option. In my initial interview with the Presentation Guild, I had mentioned that throughout my career, I was able to learn from the pilots the tricks of aviation and how things work. I continue to look at the Presentation Summit conference as a gathering of ‘pilots’ that I am allowed to learn from, and for this I am grateful.

Geetesh: Can you tell us more about Learn.Train.Present., and how you use PowerPoint and other presentation programs in your work?

Mike: My company, LTP – Learn. Train. Present. offers training to airport staff worldwide that are involved in winter operations, especially the subject of deicing of aircraft on the ground. I give a class on how to implement rules and regulations of the aviation industry on how to ensure a safe takeoff in winter.

I use PowerPoint to show visually what is in the rules and regulations by way of photos, videos, and icons so my trainees understand the text and are able to apply the skills required for the job at hand. Animation plays a major role as I am able to show processes on how to accomplish their duties.

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At the same time, I give class to instructors on the same subject and pass on what I have learned to them to ensure that the subjects are relayed in a professional manner. Of course, this also included the teaching of PowerPoint, so they know how to set up classes of their own. The only other program I use for my training sessions is Microsoft Word, as with each of my presentations comes a handout, and I find it to best accomplish this outside of PowerPoint, still.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit Mike Hanlon 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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