MONTHLY PROGRAM: The 12-Step Method to Enlightened PowerPoint Presentations

  • 13 Mar 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • SF State University -  Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, San Francisco


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Do you want to learn the secrets of Steve Jobs and Al Gore’s PowerPoint Presentation? Join Mike Consol, a corporate communications coach and president of, in an interactive session to learn executive -level PowerPoint and general presentation skills. You’ll walk away with tips for taking command of a room, connecting with your audience, and using visual thinking to plan your PowerPoint deck.

When used properly, PowerPoint is a powerful presentation
tool. It can focus people’s attention, mix media and deliver a multi-sensory experience that accords with people's various learning styles.

Mike Consol, president of and a
communications coach, will unveil the secrets of how to:

  • Trim your slides from heavy text and bullet points
  • Display your ideas in a well-organized sequence by
    telling stories
  • Take command of a room
  • Connect with your audience
  • Convey ideas through visual thinking
  • Deliver a powerful presentation
This is a highly interactive session sprinkled with examples
and vigorous discussion from start to finish. You will learn:
  • Visual thinking
  • Power imagery
  • The billboard approach to slide design
  • The power of asymmetry
  • The "Rule of Thirds"
  • Effective narration
  • Making the presentation about you, not the slides
  • Interacting with your slides
  • Working with text
  • Persuasion and storytelling
  • Using silence and strategic pauses
Imagine yourself delivering a powerful presentation that is a power and light show that has your audience members talking about the experience on their way to the parking lot!  Register today!

Mike Consol, president of, is a corporate
communications coach who provides training in three major categories:
  • Public speaking skills
  • PowerPoint presentation skills
  • Business writing skills
Consol 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, Consol 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, (internet division of ACBJ)
  • Publisher, Portland Business Journal
  • Editor, San Francisco Business Times
Before joining ACBJ, Consol was managing editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Prior to that he was news editor of the Pasadena Star-News. His specialties include general communication skills, media consulting and newsroom management, writing, editing, public speaking and PowerPoint presentations training, interviewing, coaching/training, blogging, social media, marketing, public relations, website design and business strategy.

Consol is a native of upstate New York. He 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 12 years.

5:30 - 6:00 New Member Orientation / Light Appetizers / Networking
6:00 - 6:15 Announcements
6:15 - 8:00 Monthly Program

Simulcast Alternative:
If you are finding it difficult to participate in the programs because of travel time, family commitments, or other impediments, you can still benefit from the Golden Gate Chapter’s interesting and diverse slate of programs. You can attend this program virtually using our Adobe Connect platform.  If this is your preference, please reply to your registration confirmation requesting the link and instructions for the simulcast.

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