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Farshad is a technology enthusiast and an IT professional from Pakistan. Over the years he has been associated with various technology blogs and is currently the Content Editor of

Jim is a serial entrepreneur and the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps international and FTSE 100 companies sell themselves, and their products more effectively. Jim has many years of experience speechwriting, presentation coaching and motivational speaking, all over the world.

Rosie is the Commissioning Editor at Presentation Guru. She is a writer and content creator and has worked for many years as a print and digital designer.

A presentation expert and Telstra Business Women Award 2015 finalist, Emma is passionate about changing presentation culture and has seen the shift in the culture of presentations over the years. With over two decades of Visual Design experience, and ten years as founder and CEO at Presentation Studio, Bannister's view is radically different. Passionate that powerful presentations consist of more than just visual design - she teaches a new way of thinking - Visual Thinking. Presentation Studio's innovative approach to Visual Thinking, transforms lacklustre presentations into engaging, powerful and successful communication tools.

John Zimmer is an international speaker, trainer and lawyer. He has worked at a major Canadian law firm, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and is now a full-time speaker. A seven-time European Champion of speech contests, John writes an internationally recognized blog about public speaking, Manner of Speaking. He is also the co-creator of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™.

Jared is the former Commissioning Editor for Presentation Guru. He's a proud alumnus of The University of Mississippi, an avid college football fan, a wizard of wordsmithery, and a lover of ales. He's just finished his MA in Publishing from Kingston University in London, and has gone on a much needed vacation.

Jack is the author of A Sale Is A Love Affair - Seduce, Engage & Win Customers’ Hearts, which was the Number 1 New Release in Sales on Amazon in February 2015. He’s a sales advisor and trainer to Fortune 500 Companies and startups alike, a marketing consultant in the area of business storytelling and a professional speaker. Jack is a native of Woodstock, NY and now divides his time between Luzern, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain.

Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communication, graphic and presentation design. He runs his own boutique consultancy that trains organizations to communicate more clearly and with fewer words. He speaks at national conferences, writes about visual storytelling at, is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and is one of the hosts of The Presentation Podcast.

Robert Lane is founder of Aspire Communications, a firm specializing in visually interactive presentation development and training. His Visual Language methodologies transform standard PowerPoint slide shows into dynamic presentation tools that better engage audiences, enhance training outcomes and improve sales effectiveness. Robert speaks, consults, and trains internationally, and has authored several books, including the new Visual Language Book Series. He completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics and a Masters of Science degree in Educational Technology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA, where he makes his home.

Simon founded presentation design company Eyeful Presentations in 2004. His goal was big but simple - support businesses to create more powerful, engaging and effective presentations that make the most of opportunities and deliver results. 12 years, thousands of presentations and millions of engaged audience members later, Eyeful's mission continues. He is the author of The Presentation Lab and is globally recognised as a thought leader in the field of presentations.

Dr Nick Morgan is one of America's top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas - and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk.

Michael Sinnhuber is founder & owner of the presentation design & training agency mcprezi and the presentation platform His main purpose is to save this world from boring presentations – one at a time. Besides that, he was handpicked by Prezi to be one of only around 40 “Prezi Independent Experts” worldwide.

Sims Wyeth is the president of Sims Wyeth & Co., an executive development firm devoted to the art and science of speaking persuasively. Sims specializes in 1:1 coaching and small group workshops. He believes that while the delivery of a presentation is key, the structure of it is often more important. Sims is also the author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking.

Simon started life as a research scientist looking at the causes of cancer. He then had a 24 year career as a university researcher before moving into a training role, starting by helping scientists explain their research in the 'real world'. His third book Presentation Genius is an easy-to-read exploration of the science of how to make presentations - what works and what doesn't. You can get hold of some of Simon's tips and see the rest of what he does at Presentation Genius.

Gavin is a senior partner and co-founder of fassforward Consulting Group. Their game Dirty Rhetoric aims to provide a comprehensive list of rhetorical techniques explained in easy-to-understand terms.

Jon Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His new book about presentation design and techniques, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks is available now.

Kartik Sundar is a co-founder at Aploris GmbH, a software firm that builds PowerPoint-focused productivity tools including a slide library solution called TeamSlide. Kartik leads the business development effort helping customers improve their presentation creation process. Previously, Kartik worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company and he later worked with Cisco’s corporate strategy group.

As an expert with broad experience in data collection & analysis Jude understands that presentation of data is like the art of mosaic, kind of story that the viewer must decipher and understand quickly. Summarizing and Big Data seem to be opposites. How is it possible to present so much in such a short slide? Finding the best answer to this question is what I like to do, and presenting the outcome is my passion.

Jane Atkinson is the author of The Wealthy Speaker 2.0 and The Epic Keynote: Presentation Skills and Styles of Wealthy Speakers. Her company Speaker Launcher, provides coaching, consulting and online courses to people who want to speak (more often) for money.

Oscar has spent more than three years as a Product Manager in the software industry. Either onstage or on blogs, he advocates making technical presentations and product demos that engage and inspire. He is currently writing the book Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo. You can download a taster here.

Philip Collins is a columnist on The Times and the chair of the Trustees at the think tank Demos. Until 2007 he was the chief speech writer to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. Before that he has worked as a director of a think tank, in investment banking and in academia. He is the author of The Art of Presentations: The Secrets of Making People Remember What You Say.

Nigel is a keynote speaker to many of the world's most successful brands, focusing on applied innovation. He also coaches speakers and creates conferences and events that really 'rock'. His new book is Rock Your Presentation - A New Guide to Speaking With Passion.

Gabrielle Reed is a Content Strategist at Ethos 3, a company specialising in presentation design and training. She posts thoroughly researched, highly useful content frequently to the Ethos3 blog, which offers presentation tips geared toward a variety of professions. Gabrielle works with some of today’s most-admired brands, helping them create creative narratives that make a lasting impact.

Chad spreads the GoReact word to every instructor, coach or mentor who needs better feedback tools. He's led marketing teams to beaucoup revenue growth for nearly two decades, including Provo Craft (retail division), AtTask (now Workfront) and WakeUpNow. Chad has a BFA in Ceramics (really) as well as an MBA from the University of Utah.

Dad. CEO of Slidebean. @500Startups alum. Frequent Flyer Miles hoarder.

Konrad began in computing and communications in the 60s. His career in software development and startups eventually evolved to consulting and marketing. Now semi-retired, he writes on presenting and PowerPoint techniques and helps clients build better presentations.

Maurice de Castro is a former corporate executive of some of the UK's best loved brands. Maurice believes that the route to success in any organisation lies squarely in its ability to really connect with people. That's why he left the boardroom to create a business helping leaders to do exactly that.

Amy Singh is a self-proclaimed PowerPoint wizard and Visualization Consultant at BrightCarbon, an international presentation design agency whose focus is on creating effective sales and training presentations, but also custom eLearning, motion graphics, and infographics. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania in 2014, she now spends most of her days planning her next Disney World vacation and also sharing the joys of PowerPoint with others.

Doug is a Corporate Storytelling in Business expert, the author of Doug Stevenson's Story Theater Method, and a keynote speaker, trainer and speech consultant. Contact me about my keynotes, trainings and Story Theater Retreats designed to help you become a more successful and inspiring presenter and leader.

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now connective behaviour speaker and columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post. Her TED Talk has attracted over 1.9 million views. She is a founding board member of Annie's Homegrown, co-founder of nine political PACs and author of Mutuality Matters, Mutuality Matters More and several other books. Discover more at her blog, Moving From Me to We.

Timo is the go-to-guy for well-designed presentations, digitalised sales content and account based sales and marketing campaigns. His founding idea for Havain Oy was, and still is, to provide a simple, fast and practical solution for companies and individuals that want to get good results from their presentations.

Charmaine Mumbulla is a lawyer, educator and presentation designer based in Sydney, Australia. She is a descendant of the Kaurna/Narungga people and runs a small creative agency called Mumbulla Creative. Charmaine is the author of a presentation design blog called Make Great.

Vince Stevenson is The Fear Doctor. He is a well known speaker/trainer and has won a number of awards for leadership, education and development. As the Education Director at the College of Public Speaking, he is one of the UK's leading trainers in the fear of public speaking.

Jeff is a stand-up comedian and has opened for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, Martin Short, Kevin James and Wanda Sykes among others. He also has 25+ years working as a keynote speaker and trainer for companies such as Pepsi, Bose, Pier 1 Imports, Bayer, Honda, Footlocker, Virgin Trains, Hugo Boss, Golden Nugget Casinos, Choice Hotels International and GE Healthcare.

Damon Nofar is a marketing guy and presentation designer based in Barcelona who has collaborated with marketers and speakers from all over the world to help them communicate their ideas in a clear and effective way. His passion for presentations has gained him over 2.5 million views on SlideShare in less than two years.

Robert N Sayler studied rhetoric and trial practice at Stanford University and at Harvard Law School. He has written extensively, and in 1995 was appointed the John Ewald chair at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he now teaches trial, rhetoric and oral communications.

Stuart is responsible for making sure projects go incredibly smoothly as well as taking the most complex of client messages and turning them into simple, memorable stories that resonate with their audience.

Sandra Zimmer is the author of It’s Your Time to Shine: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking, Develop Authentic Presence and Speak from Your Heart and the creator of The Zimmer Method for Authentic Communication. Sandra coaches business professionals to communicate authentically so they feel confident to shine when they share ideas, insights and expertise. Her programs include public speaking, voice, diction & accent reduction as well as leadership presence, gravitas, communication & storytelling. Her clients include leaders from dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

Ellen Finkelstein is a PowerPoint MVP (a Microsfot award), one of 14 in the United States. At her website she offers PowerPoint and presenting tips and techniques as well as expert, customized training for you or your team. She has delivered hundreds of webinars. Her goal is to help you present clearly, powerfully, professionally and persuasively.

Karl Siegert is the Founder and Managing Director of an online presentation technology that combines video and slides in a web format. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer of MVP Collaborative, an Experiential Marketing agency in Michigan and named by Event Marketer to its “It List” of top 100 agencies specialising in Consumer Experiences, Employee Engagement, Visual/Video Storytelling, and digital/interactive.

Robert Kawalsky is the CEO and Cofounder of Zeetings, a software company changing the way people present their ideas to the world. Kawalsky is also an active investor and advisor to technology and internet related businesses.

Platform Giant Communication is a communication consultancy that helps business leaders and entrepreneurs deliver their message more effectively. Shane also hosts the popular podcast The Platform Giant Show where he covers topics such as thought leadership, personal branding and content marketing. He speaks regularly on leadership, communication and business. You can find out more about him at

Olivia Schofield is the Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and trainer. She is the Founder of Spectacular Speaking and co-founder of Vocal Women and Cradle of Growth. Growing up with a speech impediment imposed enormous challenges to her self-confidence. It would have been inconceivable to imagine that one day she would make it to the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking. Olivia counts Fortune 500 companies American Express, Heineken and Shell amongst her clients. Her Keynotes include Risk & Innovation, Gender Equality & Inclusion and Change & Reinvention.

George runs Speech Coach for Executives. He coaches executives to deliver million dollar presentations and trains professionals, experts and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He is also the author of the blog Questions About Public Speaking.

Luke is a body language specialist at Rolfing London. He designs and runs workshops that use a body centred approach to communication. In case it means anything to you, Luke is trained in Neural Manipulation, Visceral Manipulation, Movement Assessment, Applied Anatomy and Remedial Massage.

Founder of Ace the Pitch and creator of several of the most popular SlideShare presentations of all time (including WTF is Social Media and What Would Steve Do?), Marta Kagan is the former head of Brand & Buzz at HubSpot and a recognized expert at helping innovative companies get noticed, get funded, and grown their brands online. Check out her free video crash on Mastering the Art of Persuasive Communication.

Jonathan is Marketing Executive at Buffalo 7, the UK's leading PowerPoint presentation design agency creating premium presentations for some of the world's leading brands. Its recent clients include UEFA Champions League, Sony Playstation, the Guardian and Unilever.

Amy is a highly-rated senior trainer, executive coach, and event speaker. In addition to coaching corporate lawyers to non-profit advocates, corporate managers to sales teams, shoes designers to engineers, Amy is also a TEDx speaker coach for TEDxPortland, one of the top five TEDx organizations in the world. Her passion for coaching took her all the way to Kigali, Rwanda twice where she trained more than 80 community leaders how to communicate more effectively.

Lisa Braithwaite, public speaking coach and trainer, helps entrepreneurs and professionals create memorable and engaging presentations in order to build their businesses through speaking. She has a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Education and has been interviewed for the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. Her philosophy of public speaking is that it’s fun, it’s an awesome way to express yourself creatively, and that connecting with your audience is worth more than a thousand techniques.

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