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Interviews of people who enrich the world of presentations and communications.


Pete McChrystalPete McChrystal is the founder and CEO of Accent Technologies. During the early years, Accent's focus was on high-end presentation development and management services for corporate clients. Today, Librarian is used by many Global 2000 companies to manage and distribute documents and presentation materials to global offices and mobile sale forces. In this interview, Pete discusses PowerPoint, DAM and ADM.

Adrian DoyleAdrian Doyle heads Visual Exemplars Ltd, a UK based company that creates Perspector, the popular add-in for PowerPoint that allows you to use animated 3D objects and effects inside PowerPoint. Adrian has worked in the IT sector for many years implementing large scale business and enterprise applications for clients including British Airways and the UK's Inland Revenue. He also has managed new start-up companies in the Internet sector and helped to turn them into successful businesses. In this interview, Adrian discusses Perspector, 3D and PowerPoint.

Troy SteinTroy Stein is Camtasia Studio product manager at TechSmith Corporation in Okemos, Michigan. He has over a decade of experience in technology services and product management and has worked with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and small businesses. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and promotion of Camtasia Studio, he works with TechSmith's development team and customers to formulate new releases.

In this interview, Troy discusses Camtasia, his role at TechSmith, PowerPoint and more.

Jim EndicottJim Endicott is a nationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery.

Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine's Creative Techniques column. Jim has also contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting and Selling Power as well as a being a paid contributor for a number of industry-related websites.

In this interview, Jim discusses PowerPoint, presentation training and more. Read here.

Chris FerroneChris Ferrone, Managing Partner of Matton Images LLC, a complete royalty free resource, has worked in the stock photo industry since 1987. He has served at Vice President of Index Stock Imagery's International Sales Division sas well as managed their domestic sales office in Los Angeles. Chris is also President of which licenses rights-managed and royalty free vintage stock imagery world-wide through a variety of agents and other distribution channels. He is also currently the President of the North American stock photo industry trade association, the Picture Archive Council of America.

In this interview, Chris discusses "royalty free" and usage of images in PowerPoint. Read the interview here.

David MarcovitzDavid Marcovitz is Associate Professor in the Education Department and Director of Graduate Programs in Educational Technology at Loyola College. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he studied support for technology in elementary schools. He has taught computer applications and computer programming at the high school level, and he has worked as a technology specialist in a high school. Prior to coming to Loyola College, he taught in the educational technology program at Florida Atlantic University.

In this interview, David discusses VBA, education and PowerPoint. Read the interview here.

Mai-lan Tomsen BukovecMai-lan Tomsen Bukovec is a Lead Program Manager with Visio at Microsoft. Mai-lan has been with Microsoft for five years, working on Microsoft Commerce Server, Microsoft Transaction Server, and Visio. She is the author of two technology books for business managers and multiple articles in MSDN Magazine. Mai-lan is currently working on the next version of Visio.

In this interview, Mai-lan discusses Visio, graphics and PowerPoint. Read the interview here.

Jeffrey FisherJeffrey P. Fisher provides audio, video, music, writing, training, and media production services. He also writes about music, sound, and video for print and the Web. He's published six books including: Instant Sound Forge (CMP, 2004), The Voice Actor's Guide to Home Recording (with Harlan Hogan,, 2004), and Profiting From Your Music and Sound Project Studio (Allworth Press, 2001).

In this interview, Jeffrey discusses sound, recording, voice-overs and their relation to PowerPoint. Don't miss Jeffrey's hardware recommendations for recording voice-overs for PowerPoint presentations. Read the interview here.

Rodney SaulsberryRodney Saulsberry is one of the top voice-over talents in the United States, and author of the new book, You Can Bank on Your Voice. For more than a decade the Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate has given voice to many successful commercial campaigns, including Toyota Camry, Alpo, Verizon, and numerous movie trailers such as, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Finding Forrester, Tupac Resurrection, Friday and Dumb & Dumberer. Saulsberry, the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the cartoon series Spider-Man, resides in Agoura, California.

Read the interview here.

Vitaliy KuznetsovVitaliy Kuznetsov is a Program Manager for PowerPoint in Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU). Currently, he drives the development of PowerPoint, and in the past has shipped PowerPoint 2001 and PowerPoint X, as well as worked on a few Mac Internet products.

Kuznetsov's work interests are in the areas of productivity and multimedia software development, user interface design, and, of course, beautiful PowerPoint presentations.

Read the interview here.

Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is the author of How To Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (and 2002) and a regular contributor to Presentations magazine, where she writes for the Creative Techniques column.

Her company, Ellen Finkelstein, Inc. helps clients create presentations that communicate clearly and achieve their goals. She maintains a web site that offers PowerPoint tips and a selection of free backgrounds.

Read the interview here.

Paul StannardPaul Stannard is the CEO of, a provider of business graphics software. Stannard started the company in 1994 with no debt, no capital, and no outside funding. Recognized for its explosive growth by Deloitte & Touche and Inc Magazine, generates more than 2 million visitors each month.

In this interview, Paul discusses SmartDraw, visuals and PowerPoint. He also speaks about SmartDraw's success story, their support infrastructure and shares some trivia.

Read the interview here.

Michael DoyleMichael Doyle is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Of Impatica. He has founded several successful high technology companies including Computer Innovations which became Canada's largest personal computer sales and service organization with revenues of over one billion dollars annually. Mr. Doyle served as a member of Canada's National Advisory Council on the Information Highway and on the Ministers Council on Educational Technology. He started his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM Corporation and co-founded Impatica in 1998.

In this interview, Michael talks about Impatica, online rich media and PowerPoint.

Kathy JacobsKathy Jacobs is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Right now, Kathy's professional time is spent writing, supporting her site, and answering PowerPoint and other questions.

The rest of the time goes into email, Girl Scouts, and outdoor cooking (especially using Dutch Ovens). She has a husband who is also a computer nerd and outdoor cook. They live in Phoenix AZ and love the weather.

In this interview, Kathy talks about PowerPoint, support systems like MVPs and newsgroups and presentation skills. Read here.

Claudyne WilderClaudyne Wilder is guest lecturer at conferences, business shows and corporate events. She recently did a web talk for The National Investor Relations Group. She is the creator of three presentation seminars: "The Winning Presentations Seminar," "The Winning Presentations Sales Seminar;" and "Creating PowerPoint Presentations That Get Your Point Across." She offers "The Winning Presentations Seminar publicly about six times a year. She also licenses this seminar to companies and consultants to teach.

She is the author of two presentation books: The Presentations Kit: 10 Steps For Selling Your Ideas! and Point, Click & Wow! A Quick Guide to Brilliant Laptop Presentations.

In this interview, Claudyne discusses presentations, presentations and presentations - and a thousand ideas to improve them.

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