Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Jamie Garroch

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Jamie Garroch

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Jamie Garroch

Jamie Garroch
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 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: Jamie, you are presenting at this year’s Presentation Summit. Tell us more about your Plug In and Rock Out session, and what, according to you will be the audience takeaways from the session?

Jamie: I’m guessing that most of the patrons attending the summit will have a pretty good knowledge of PowerPoint. But did you know that just like your smartphone, you can add new functionality to PowerPoint via the use of add-ins? They can be as simple as doing one time-intensive repetitive task for you or offering a plethora of new tools to boost your presentation creation productivity. I’m going to be showing some of the cool add-ins that you download and install for PowerPoint, most of them free. Armed with plenty of new ideas, you’ll be able to impress your colleagues, dazzle your boss and get to your next happy hour right on time!

Geetesh: You return to a hybrid event this year after last year’s Presentation Summit was an entirely virtual event. How excited are you to be returning to a hybrid event, and how will you balance between the in-person and virtual attendees?

Jamie: To be perfectly honest, I’m petrified! Who wouldn’t be when faced with a brand new environment to get to grips with? But as always, our conference host, Rick Altman, will be guiding the entire speaker team in the weeks leading up to the event so that we can all give a five-star performance. From what I know already, we’ll have session hosts in the front row and they’ll be monitoring live chat and questions so that as speakers, we’ll be able to make both the in-person and remote audiences feel just as important as each other.

Geetesh: Can you tell us more about your role at BrightCarbon, and tell us more about how BrightCarbon helps PowerPoint users?

Jamie: I joined BrightCarbon a couple of years ago having talked with one of the founders, Richard Goring, in the corridor at the Presentation Summit! We both felt that it was a match made in heaven and so I joined the incredibly talented team as a senior technical consultant. I support the design studio with whatever bizarre questions they can throw and me and boy, I’ve had some wacky ones. Some of them result in little VBA macros that we use internally to boost our own productivity and creativity. Others we like to share as new features in our free BrightSlide add-in for the entire global presentation community.

We also develop a few paid products such as our brand management solution called BrandIn. I work with some uber-smart people on the UX side of our PowerPoint add-in products to really push the limits of what can be achieved in the wonderful world of PowerPoint extensibility. This is just one aspect of what we do. We also create presentations, dynamic animations, interactive content, and eLearning that engage your audience through the magical powers of storytelling.  And we provide training, and free masterclasses and comprehensive free articles on our blog.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Jamie Garroch

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with Jamie Garroch

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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