Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Julie Terberg

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Julie Terberg

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Julie Terberg 2021

Julie Terberg 2021
Julie Terberg is the creative force behind Design to Present and Terberg Design, focused on crafting presentations that better communicate with audiences. With decades of experience in the presentation industry, Julie has trusted partnerships with other presentation professionals and valued clients around the world.

Since 2005, she has been recognized as a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP for her contributions to the presentation community. Julie enjoys teaching and sharing ideas with other presentation professionals. She speaks at a number of conferences, including the Presentation Summit and the Present to Succeed conference. Julie is a director of the Presentation Guild and cohosts the webinar series “Inspired by Design,” exclusively for Guild members.

In this conversation, Julie talks about her participation at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2021, being held on location in Clearwater Beach, FL, and virtually this year from September 26 to 29, 2021. is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Geetesh: Julie, you are doing three sessions at this year’s Presentation Summit, including one is co-presented with Echo Swinford: The Makeover Mentor, Type Rules, and Tackling Templates: The Top Ten. Can you tell us what according to you will be takeaways for the audience from each of these sessions?

Julie: The Makeover session is centered around presentation design “before and afters” that begin with patron-submitted slides. As we review the redesigned slides, I’ll explain what changes were made and why. Patrons take away many new ideas for improving their own designs.

Good typography can make or break any design effort, including presentation design. Successful presentations rely on great type to help convey information to an audience. Type Rules is filled with professional tips and how-tos that folks can apply to level up their presentation typography.

In the session I’m presenting with Echo Swinford, Tackling Templates: The Top Ten, we’ll cover the most important things we look for when reviewing a template. We’ll share advice for making your templates function properly for everyone who will use them. The session is filled with valuable takeaways for those who want to build better PowerPoint templates.

Geetesh: How do you envision delivering your content to both in-person and virtual attendees at the same time? How will your presenting style be influenced by this hybrid environment this year at the Presentation Summit?

Julie: This will be a first for me, so I’ll be seeking advice from friends who have experience with hybrid delivery. I’m excited to present in-person again, as I miss the interaction and energy of a room full of people who are eager to learn. I hope that enthusiasm comes across to the folks participating virtually!

Geetesh: About PowerPoint templates, what is the biggest problem area you see regarding template design? Also, please tell us about the new, upcoming edition of your book on PowerPoint templates.

Julie: I see too many templates that are over-designed with busy backgrounds and complex graphics that take up much of the slide area. A template should support the content on the slides, not overpower it. A simple, understated design is best for the majority of content slide layouts. Save the embellishment for opening, closing, and transitional slides.

Echo and I are anxious to share Building PowerPoint Templates v2 with the presentation community. We hear far too many complaints from folks who are forced to use crummy templates! We believe a template should make it easier for people to create presentations, not create more work for them. The book is packed with advice and detailed steps on how to construct templates that help, not frustrate, the people who will use them. The book is currently in production and we’ll share purchasing details as soon as possible.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Julie Terberg

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Julie Terberg

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: September 26 to 29, 2021

Location: Clearwater Beach, FL + Virtual Event

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