In-Person or Virtual Conference Events: Conversation with Rick Altman

In-Person or Virtual Conference Events: Conversation with Rick Altman

Created: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 posted by at 9:45 am

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Rick Altman

Rick Altman
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 19th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.

In this conversation, Rick talks about both in-person and virtual conferences in changing times, and how it influences his own upcoming Presentation Summit 2021, being held both virtually and on location in Clearwater Beach, FL, United States this year from September 26 to 29, 2021. is the official media partner for the Presentation Summit.

Geetesh: Rick, in today’s changing times, what do you believe is the way forward for in-person conference events?

Rick: I can’t speak for the entire industry, but after 400 people registered for our virtual conference in 2020, we practically have a covenant with these people to not leave them behind as we return to in-person gatherings. So hybrid is practically my middle name now. I suspect that will be the case for many of my colleagues, as the technology catches up and the hotel industry adjusts. To be able to service two audiences at once – three, if you include those who will watch on-demand – is invigorating, challenging in a healthy way, and tremendously satisfying.

Rick, can you share some information about how you are preparing for the upcoming Presentation Summit in Clearwater later this month?

Rick: We have about 20 remaining spots available for those who want to join our conference in person, and for those considering it, you are probably a bundle of conflict. Perhaps you have heard about our exciting plans for a hybrid conference, you surely want to see all of your conference buddies after two years of going without. But you might be squeamish about travel or nervous about visiting Florida.

We completely respect all of these thoughts and feelings. We just want you to know how much care is going into our preparations:

  • All conference attendees will be vaccinated
  • All hotel staff will be masked
  • Full-time EMT on staff
  • All events that can be held outdoors will be

Furthermore, our host city, Clearwater Beach, outperforms Florida in many key measures: vaccination rates are much higher than the rest of the state, case numbers are incredibly low, and access to health and emergency care is high, with no reports of hospital bed shortages.

Clearwater Vaccine Rates

Clearwater Vaccine Rates

Should you choose to connect with us virtually instead of in person, you will be treated to an experience, unlike any virtual conference you have attended. Instead of watching talking heads in Zoom-like windows, you will be watching our presenting team live-streaming directly from meeting rooms. Our producers will have four camera angles to choose from, as well as screen-sharing and split-screening.

What’s more, each room will have a person dedicated to getting your questions and comments put to the seminar leader. Our meeting hosts have a singular focus: to service the needs of our virtual audience members.

You will not find a more targeted and effective avenue for learning, networking, and just plain being with a group of passionate and like-minded souls. Whether in person or virtual, you will feel the magic of a group of professionals with the same hopes, visions, and aspirations as you.

The Presentation Summit created this wonderful community and we’re not about to let a lousy virus get in the way of our continuing to foster it.

What is the Presentation Summit?

Presentation Summit Rick Altman 2021

Presentation Summit Rick Altman 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!


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