"Putting the Power Back Into PowerPoint" with Mike Consol

  • 21 Feb 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Crow Canyon Country Club


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MEETING BONUS! National ASTD representative Paul Signorelli gave a 20 minute State of the Training Industry Update.

Meeting Resources


Putting the Power Back Into Powerpoint   

Present Like a Star? You bet!

Do you believe that sitting through PowerPoint presentations is the bane of corporate life?

Presentation software isn't about to go away, because there's no substitute for its ability to focus attention, mix media, and deliver a multi-sensory experience that accords with people's various learning styles.  That's provided PowerPoint is used properly.

Executives such as Apple CEO Steve Jobs and environmental activist Al Gore have raised the PowerPoint presentation to an art form.  The good news is that far less exalted and highly-produced PowerPoint presentations can be extremely effective for everyday business professionalsundefinedif  they learn the presentation skills that are too often overlooked by even the most experienced learning and development professionals.

This presentation emphasizes nine skills you will learn:

  1. Visual thinking
  2. The power of asymmetry
  3. The rule of thirds
  4. How to effectively display data
  5. How to make the presentation about you rather than the slides
  6. Adding the "touch factor"
  7. How to properly interact with PowerPoint slides
  8. Using silence and strategic pauses
  9. Creating the unforgettable moment

You will leave this interactive session with the tools and examples so you can start “Putting the Power Back into PowerPoint,” including:

  • The proper use and power of visual communication
  • How to take command of your presentation (and the room)
  • How to make your presentation memorable

Directions & Agenda Below

Presenter Mike Consol, president of MikeConsol.com, is a corporate communications coach who provides training in three major categories:

  1. Public speaking skills
  2. PowerPoint presentation skills
  3. Business writing skills

Mike spent 17 years with American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business journals with 40 weekly newspapers across the United States.  While at ACBJ, he held a variety of key posts:

  • Associate publisher, San Francisco Business Times
  • Publisher, East Bay Business Times
  • Writing and reporting coach, American City Business Journals
  • Vice president, bizjournals.com (internet division of ACBJ)
  • Publisher, Portland Business Journal
  • Editor, San Francisco Business Times

Before joining ACBJ, Mike was managing editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal.  Prior to that he was news editor of the Pasadena Star-News.

Mike’s specialties include general communication skills, media consulting, writing, editing, public speaking and PowerPoint presentations training, interviewing, coaching/training, blogging, social media, marketing, public relations, website design and business strategy.

A native of upstate New York, Mike attended Arizona State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science.  He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for nine years.

The New Registration Process

Use the "REGISTER' tool to the left as follows:

  • TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "credit card" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • TO RSVP & PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "MANUAL" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • If you have questions, email or call Angie Kutlik at 925-484-4087 .

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

The Price Includes Your Meal

  • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $35
    (also for Sacramento, Las Vegas & Golden Gate chapter members)
  • Guest / Non Member Rate: $40
  • Student Rate: $30
    (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

Regular Time, Date and Agenda

We meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month.

  • 5:30 pm Networking
  • 6:00 pm Dinner begins
  • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
  • 8:00 pm Meeting Adjourns /
    Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

Professional opportunities are usually mentioned during the meeting.


Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Directions from 680

  • Take Crow Canyon Blvd East
  • Go Left on El Capitan (Tahiti will be on your right)
  • Take the 1st right to enter the Crow Canyon Country Club
  • Tell the Guard you are attending the ASTD Event
    Drive straight the parking entrance is about 100 yards
    ahead on your left.

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2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd. #4401
San Ramon, California, 94583

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