Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with John Rahmlow

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with John Rahmlow

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John Rahmlow

John Rahmlow
John Rahmlow is an internationally known expert in presentation design and delivery, with a special focus on virtual communications. John is currently a Board member and the Secretary for the Presentation Guild and the Founder and President of Attuned Presenting LLC. John recently retired from one of the leading financial services firms in the world after more than 20 years of service, the last 15 of which were spent designing and delivering presentations.

In this conversation, John 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: You are delivering a session at this year’s Presentation Summit called Where did the Audience Go? Can you tell us more about this session, and what according to you, will be the takeaways for the audience?

John: Where did the Audience Go? is a call to action for presentation strategists, designers, and presenters/speakers to focus on the audience and their needs. Too often it appears as if the audience is a secondary consideration when presentations are designed and delivered. My experience shows that when the audience is the primary consideration, the chances of success are greatly increased. During the session, we will examine the benefits of being audience-centric; strategies for gaining and using relevant information about your audience; and how to increase the chances of them taking the desired action.

Geetesh: How will you approach this year’s hybrid environment at the Presentation Summit? What would be the challenges of being in sync with both the in-person and virtual attendees at the same time?

John: My session will be delivered virtually only, and not in front of a live audience; therefore, I will not have the challenge of juggling both types of audiences for my session. In the past, I have done so, and one of the biggest challenges is keeping both audiences engaged. When I design a presentation, I design engagement activities based on the type of audience. When delivering a hybrid meeting, you need to find activities that can be done by the in-person audience as well as the virtual audience. One good way to do this is to poll the audience and make it easy for both types of attendees to respond to the poll. When presenting to a hybrid audience, it is important for the presenter to remember to frequently look at the camera to provide eye contact with the remote attendees. It also helps to check in with the virtual audience on occasion to see if there are questions. If at all possible, I would have a host/moderator act as a liaison between the virtual audience and the presenter as this ensures that they are not forgotten during the session. Rick Altman will have hosts for all the sessions and that will help keep the virtual attendees engaged and involved in the sessions.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with John Rahmlow

Presentation Summit 2021: Conversation with John Rahmlow

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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