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.
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.
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, 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.
|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.
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.
The 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.