Kevin Lerner at NASA Headquarters about to conduct PowerPoint training

Presentation Team hired for PowerPoint Training at NASA HQ


Enthusiastic trainer calls experience “out of this world.” 

A NASA contractor recently engaged The Presentation Team to conduct an Advanced PowerPoint Training program.  Presentation consultant Kevin Lerner spent two days working with an employee to sharpen PowerPoint skills and presentation development techniques.

The two-day training program was conducted at NASA’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC in late June 2014. Kevin Lerner at NASA Headquarters about to conduct PowerPoint training

Presentation Team president and trainer Kevin Lerner called the experience, “out of this world.”

“Simply being at the headquarters of the nation’s space program was exciting enough. But helping to improve the quality of their presentations was an honor,” explained Lerner who confessed that there’s little chance that any of his presentations or work will make it beyond the beltway.  

The client said that the training had an immediate impact on the speed and quality of their presentations, adding that the training was focused and customized.

Lerner says he’s hopeful that the PowerPoint training engagment will be the first of many with NASA and other agencies, while his firm continues on its global mission to provide superior presentation services.

Washington & Reston

On the Move: The Presentation Team Relocates to Washington, D.C.


Move from Florida is spurred by stronger economy

Business presentations and PowerPoint more prevelant in the nation’s capital

For over 15 years, The Presentation Team has created stunning presentation visuals under the arrid sun of Florida.  But as of March, 2012, their clients will now enjoy a fresh new look to their visual communications…produced from the communication firm’s new northern venue of Washington, D.C.

Washington & Reston
Washington, D.C. and Reston, VA (Fairfax County)

In October 2011, company founder Kevin Lerner declared that it was time to do things differently with the company, and that a relocation to another region would benefit the bottom line.  Ironically – just three days later- engineering firm Software AG called to hire the firm for a presentation training program.  In December, Lerner traveled to the DC suburb of Reston, Virginia to conduct the training.  He felt a strong synergy with the area.  

“The people, the culture, the technology, the opporutnities…were all tremendously attractive…personally and professionally,” explains Lerner, who added that the economy is robust and recession-proof, with an unemployment level of just under 5%.  Additionally, the region is booming with growth as the Metrorail expands northwest to through the “Dulles Corridor” through Fairfax and Louden Counties to Dulles Airport.

 

Lerner said goodbye to his native land of South Florida in March, 2012, and headed north to Reston. 

Kevin Lerner @ new Presentation Team office
Lerner outside The Presentation Team’s new office in Reston, Virginia

The company found a new office at WeSpace, located at 1801 Reston Parkway, a shared-use venue popular with various technology startups and communications companies.  The venue and its tenants provide strong synergies to The Presentation Team’s offerings, and ultimately may provide greater value to their clients.  

Additionally, the location- directly across from the popular mixed-use urban/commercial venue of Reston Town Center, provides greater access to business professinals and other corporate clients.  With a focus on community and networking, Lerner and his company joined the Reston Chamber of Commerce, CoFounders.com, as well as the Reston Toastmasters and will be an active player in civic events.

Lerner said that the move will have little adverse impact on the company’s client base, as the company conducts most of its business virutally. However, he added that the region is rich with companies who have a need for high-impact presentations and training, and will likely have an increased presence of on-site, or face-to-face commerce.

Ultimately, the move will be a win-win for The Presentation Team and its clients, as the company repositions itself to be a global leader in presentation design services and training.

Free PowerPoint Review offered by The Presentation Team

The Presentation Team offers free PowerPoint presentation review and analysis

Presentation consulting firm The Presentation Team is offering a free PowerPoint analysis and consultation. The Washington, D.C.-based company says they are on a mission to improve the quality of presentation visuals, and believes that business presenters will find the no-cost service helpful…while translating to increased market prominence.

Free PowerPoint Review offered by The Presentation TeamThe company’s expert PowerPoint designers and consultants spend up to 15 minutes of time with anyone who submits a presentation through the company’s website. The consultants share creative ideas and strategic input on how improving the presentation design and offer ideas on how sharpen the message.

The company stresses that the free PPT review is not a sales pitch, and does not discuss prices during the call.

“Once the caller hears our unique ideas and strategies about their presentation, it will help establish our The Presentation Team’s credibility as an industry expert,” explains company president Kevin Lerner.

“We hope that will ultimately lead to a paid engagement. Ultimately, it’s a great way to put some power into your presentation…no obligation.”

“Too Much Text! Ugly Colors! Looks Cheap” are among the marketing messages listed on the firm’s website, together with a simple form with file upload capability. After submission, Presentation Team’s designers then speak by phone or webcast with the presenter to discuss design ideas, maintaining a balance of professional critique without arrogant criticism.

The Free PowerPoint Analysis program originated in 2008, but has recently been more prominently featured on the firm’s website and marketing material. The Presentation Team specializes in PowerPoint presentation design and consulting, training and Audio Visual products. Based outside of Washington DC in Reston, VA, the firm has worked with clients around the world including Motorola, Office Depot, Oracle, Ryder, QuEST Engineering, and UBS Financial as well as numerous smaller firms and professional speakers.

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  • “We engaged The Presentation Team to do a Presentation training for our team and he did a great job. He spent time understanding our requirements and the skill level of our team members and created a course which met our expectations and goals. I highly recommend The Presentation Team as a Presentation (PowerPoint) trainer.”

    Navdeep Sidhu
    Senior Director, Software AG

  • “Kevin Lerner provided best-in-class services when hired to work on promotional materials for the launch of a key product at Motorola. The expertise and quality that he brought to the project were second to none and as a result, he delivered a top-notch presentation that was quickly adopted throughout the organization. Kevin is great to work with, delivers on time, is a great team player and is always willing to go the extra mile.”

    Maria Cardoso
    Motorola

  • “Kevin has been a working with Cox Communications to deliver world-class PowerPoint presentation visuals since 2009. His ability to meet our specific needs, timeframe, and budgets has been exceptional. His professional interaction with our team reflects his deep expertise in the industry, superior presentation design skills, and commitment to superior service.”

    Jonathan Freeland
    VP, Video Marketing at Cox Communications

  • “Kevin is an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate presentation guru. Our company was impressed and felt the value of his training in 2013 that he was invited again recently to again share his knowledge. Both times he has been energetic and addressed many areas for presentation development. From planning to follow-up Kevin is personable and easygoing, motivating our teams to take their presentations to the next level.”

    Yoshimi Kawashima
    Project Coordinator, Nissin International

  • “Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from tips & tricks to aesthetics, all with the intent of getting the message across crisply and creatively. I’ve already received praise for decks that incorporate the skills obtained from his training. I highly recommend Kevin’s services.”

    Era Prakash
    General Electric

  • “Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from “The PowerPresentations seminar opened my eyes to all the limitless possibilities in presenting.”

    Leah Gordillo
    Saint Francis Medical Center

  • “Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from “[Kevin and The Presentation Team have] always delivered 110% in terms of meeting our objectives for finished product and budget”

    Paul Price
    Watsco Corp.

  • “I had more people come up to me after I spoke, commenting on the visuals you created, than I did on the subject matter!”

    Andy Smith
    Smith & Robb Advertising

  • “As a Fortune 1000 company, we sought to produce a classy, yet conservative presentation for our shareholders. It was evident that you and your team listened to our thoughts as you developed the presentation…”

    Will Flower
    Republic Services

  • “Your expertise in the filed of PowerPoint and general presentation techniques helped elevate us to the level necessary to beat the competition.”

    Mike Geary
    James Pirtle Construction

  • “Kevin brought a high level of creativity, enthusiasm, and deep multmedia experience to our team. He worked dillegently with the team to produce an outstanding proposal which we subsequently won.

    Jeff Keller
    Accenture/L3

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