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by Geetesh Bajaj, August 30th 2011

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Dear Member!

You are receiving this mail because I wanted to make you aware of the 2011 Presentation Summit I am attending -- if you decide to come, do meet me in the Help Center! Hope you find this information useful -- thank you for being a subscriber.

Have a great day.

- Geetesh

With apologies to David Letterman, here is the Top Ten List of reasons to attend the 2011 Presentation Summit, the preeminent conference for presentation professionals, to be held Sep 18-21 in vibrant and dynamic Austin TX.

Incredible Learning: Unless you have already attended, you can’t possibly imagine how much you’ll learn at this conference, with dedicated tracks of seminars for presentation design, PowerPoint technique, and delivery. Check out the schedule of seminars to see the scope of coverage and how the conference positions its topics.

Unparalleled Expertise: It’s one thing to know PowerPoint; lots of people know that. It’s another thing to know how to conceive, design, prepare, and deliver a compelling presentation; far fewer people know that. And it’s yet an altogether different thing to be able to teach these concepts. Only a select few know how to do that and this conference corners the market on them. To survey the kind of talent amassed at the Summit, visit the presenters and experts page.

Awesome Help: The conference’s Help Center is quite simply the finest opportunity for support with presentation software and technology anywhere on the planet. It’s free, it’s drop-in, it’s all hands-on, and it’s open from morning ‘til night. Some come to the conference just for the Help Center.

Become Part of a Community: At the Presentation Summit, you do more than learn; you develop contacts within the presentation community that you’ll keep for the rest of your career. When you put 200 passionate people together under one roof, the bonds created go way beyond that of a webinar, a discussion forum, or a faceless trade show. People who have met at the Summit have become ongoing support resources, have gone into business together, have hired one another, routinely visit each other during trips, and have even married.

Meet the Developers: Microsoft’s PowerPoint development team never misses this event. They take copious notes, they schedule late-night schmooze sessions, and they attend all of the seminars. They know the value of having so many earnest users of their product together at once and they place extraordinary value on your input.

The Expo: You’ll be the kid in the candy store when you visit the Summit Expo on Tuesday of conference week. All of the vendors offer goods and services dedicated to the presentation marketplace. Lots of show specials, lots of giveaways, lots of opportunity to meet the people who make the products that make your life easier as a presentation professional.

Small is Beautiful: This is not a huge, faceless trade show — nobody enjoys attending those. The Summit limits enrollment to 200 so everyone is assured of receiving personal attention. Conference organizers are experts at hosting events of this size — they know exactly the type of programming and scheduling that fits.

You Run the Place: You pick and choose which seminars to attend; you do not have to commit to any one track ahead of time and you can cross tracks at will. Furthermore, several of the sessions could feature you! Submit work that you are particularly proud of or believe needs work and you could find yourself being showcased or made over. Sign up for the Trivia Contest and you could be part of a team participating in a unique blend of Jeopardy and Family Feud. Sign up early and you could venture out for an exclusive digital photography field trip inand around downtown Austin.

You Will Be Well Fed: You’ll get robust continental breakfasts each morning and a fully-catered sit-down lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

You’ll Have an Amazing Time: The Presentation Summit is like summer camp for adults; you would not have thought it possible to have such a good time at an event where you also learn so much. With relaxing meals where you don’t have to scurry out to the restaurant, evening socials, and a wonderful hotel right on the water that fronts downtown Austin, you will remember the four days that you spend with your colleagues probably for the rest of your life.

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Official FAQ page

How to convince the boss to let you attend

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