This is an episode for: Event planners, PowerPoint nerds and fans of PreSum!
If you know Rick Altman, you’ve probably had a good time with him—and discussed PowerPoint and/or tennis.
Rick is the founder of the annual Presentation Summit, one of the first conferences to focus fully around PowerPoint, and it’s been going strong for over two decades now. Though the summit topics would later grow to include speaking, presenting and other kinds of storytelling, the community has remained relatively small—and that’s intentional.
Rick is a connector; skilled at bringing together all kinds of people. But he remains steadfast in his belief that greater authenticity with presenters and attendees alike can be achieved without big conference bells and whistles.
We sat down to chat about how he got here, what goes into the planning for such an event and what it was like to build the first-ever PowerPoint centered community.