Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Nolan Haims

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Nolan Haims

Created: Monday, July 19, 2021 posted by at 9:45 am

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Nolan Haims 2020

Nolan Haims 2020
Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communications and presentation, having created every type of presentation from Fortune 500 CEO keynotes, to TED talks to multi-million dollar agency pitches. He trains organizations to think visually, speaks at national conferences, writes on visual storytelling at PresentYourStory, and is a co-host of the long-running Presentation Podcast. And as one of only 34 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world, he works with and advises the software development team. He runs his own visual communications consultancy in Montclair, NJ.

In this conversation, Nolan talks about his 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: Nolan, you are delivering three sessions and also heading the Business Roundtable. Tell us about the audience takeaways in each of the four engagements: Beyond Pies, Text Heavy!, PowerPoint for Print, and the Business Roundtable.

Nolan: Here are some thoughts about these sessions.

Pie, bar and line charts are the workhorses of data visualization. They’re easy to create and understand, but they’re not always the most effective or most memorable choice when it comes to presentation. In my Beyond Pies session, we’ll explore a series of lesser-used charts along with their advantages and how they can be used on slides. We’ll show how to create these charts using PowerPoint’s built-in tools and hacks for when PowerPoint falls short.

“Too much text” is the number one audience complaint when it comes to on-screen slides, so in the Text Heavy! session, we’re going to dive into a whole collection of tricks, techniques, and strategies for reducing the number of words on slides without losing meaning. We’ll cover everything from literal techniques to edit down words to psychological tricks that make it seem like you have fewer words to tried and true methods of getting rid of bullet points.

Yes, you can and sometimes should use PowerPoint to create documents! In PowerPoint for Print, we’ll show attendees in this session exactly how to do that and to think like a print designer.

I have been hosting the late-night Business Roundtable gathering for a number of years, and it is my favorite event of the conference. After all the day’s sessions are done and we’ve had all had dinner, we gather in Conference Central and pull up chairs and couches to have a free-ranging and frank group conversation about the business of presentation design. Whether you’re looking to go freelance yourself or have been running your own large agency for two decades, we welcome all to come and share their questions and advice on everything from finding clients to writing contracts to managing employees. Every year I personally walk away with a notebook filled with tips and ideas for running my own business better and more successfully.

Geetesh: You are also doing the pre-conference workshop on Data Visualization. What will you cover in this pre-conference workshop? And how does the pre-conference workshop differ from a regular session?

Nolan: The pre-conference workshops allow for more in-depth coverage of topics in a more intimate setting. Data Visualization is a wide-ranging universe larger than presentation in some ways, so what we’ll cover in the two hours are some basic design principles that are specific to data storytelling in slide presentations.

We’ll spend the bulk of the time exploring how to create what I call The 1-Second Chart™, a chart that can be understood and read by audiences in a near-instant, something that is crucial in on-screen presentations. After we learn the best practices for designing charts, we’ll then spend time on how best to use PowerPoint tools and features to create charts as efficiently and consistently as possible. Finally, we’ll cover some typical pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Geetesh: What does it mean to you to get back to the in-person Presentation Summit this year? Also, this year is a hybrid conference, so how will you balance between your in-person and virtual attendees?

Nolan: I’m beyond excited to get back to The Presentation Summit in person and to see and be with so many old and new friends. I admit that I have never presented in a hybrid situation quite like what we’ll have this year, but the Summit will have a dedicated host in each session for those joining remotely, so my hope is that we can give as much attention to all attendees during all sessions.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit Nolan Haims 2021

Presentation Summit Nolan Haims 2021

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

Register now!


The views and opinions expressed in this blog post or content are those of the authors or the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer, or company.

Related Posts

Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

© 2000-2022, Geetesh Bajaj - All rights reserved.

since November 02, 2000