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April 2017 Monthly Meeting

When: 8:30am - 12pm
Where: The Gathering Spot
384 Northyards Blvd NW
Atlanta 30313
United States
Contact: Lisa Kraus Gardner

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No Power & No Point: Why Your Slides Suck & How To Make ‘em Soar!


Featuring Mike Robertson


Blaming PowerPoint for boring slides is like blaming the paintbrush for a lousy painting. Mike Robertson is a nationally-known expert in creating amazing, magical slides for his own presentations and for many of the top speakers in the USA and he’s coming to share his secrets with NSA Georgia. This idea-packed workshop will give you dozens of ways to transform your own slides into works of art that will delight your audiences and help them retain your information much longer.

“The reason so many slide presentations are dull is that most people think of slides in a fundamentally old-fashioned way,” Robertson said. “Slides are used as the digital equivalent of the old flip charts—like we often use in brainstorming sessions. But slides can rise to the level of art once you learn the possibilities of a program like PowerPoint or Keynote.”

Creating amazing slides doesn’t require new tools or software; it only requires imagination and creativity along with the program you already have. In No Power & No Point, Mike shares usable techniques, tips and tricks to improve every aspect of a basic slide — color, texture, typography, frames, animations, use of multimedia, and even some interactive techniques that often elicit applause from audiences.


Don’t miss No Power & No Point. If you use slides, you’ll be blown away by how many great ideas you’ll get. And if you’ve never thought slides were necessary for your presentation, you’ll be amazed at the powerful possibilities you’re missing. You’ve never seen slides like this before.


Top three takeaways:

  1. A change in the way we regard and approach slides will result in markedly better presentations. Better presentations result in improved audience attention and reaction, increased motivation for the speaker, and added value for all.
  2. PowerPoint and Keynote have amazing, mostly-untapped potential. There are dozens of tips, tricks, and techniques which can be tweaked and transformed, most of which are unknown or ignored by users.
  3. Using innovative, interactive techniques with slides can make an audience weep, laugh, or gasp with amazement. The screen can be a powerful partner, not just a glowing rectangle with bullet points on it.




About the Presenter:


Mike Robertson is a speaker, writer, and all-around creative so-and-so. He brings humor, story, and WOW factor to everything he touches. Based in Austin, Mike travels the United States, attempting to stomp out ugly PowerPoints one boring slide at a time. A professional speaker who focuses on creativity and readiness, Mike incorporates his eclectic background in graphic design, magic, and music to make slides like you’ve never seen before. When he shared a short version of this workshop at the National Speakers Association convention in San Diego in 2014, he instantly went from being an unknown to a sought-after thought leader in the field. Mike lives in Austin with his wife, Lisa, a videographer. They have one daughter, Lindsey, a writer and performer in Los Angeles.

Mike’s signature keynote speech, The Art of Readiness, illustrates his creativity and the benefits of approaching life as a work of art. He has written four books, is an accomplished musician, and once was the world’s foremost authority on PEZ dispensers. Yep, that’s true.






This event is at The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. Free to first-time guests of NSA Georgia meetings, $50 for returning guests, and free to NSA Georgia members. Refreshments will be served.


See directions below to The Gathering Spot, or click here to download/print.



Meeting Schedule

NSA Georgia Orientation: How to Get the Most Out of NSA Georgia - 8 - 8:45 am
Are you a new member or associate, or are you just ready to get more involved and reap all the benefits? Arrive early and join us for the NSA Georgia Orientation. All are welcom


Registration, Networking & Breakfast - 8:30 - 9 am
Session - 9 am - 12 pm



NSA GA Members & Associates: Free

Guests: First Time - $25 - FREE THIS MONTH!
Returning Guest  - $50





How to get to The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd.:

If you are coming from the south going North on 75/85 –
Take exit 249D toward US-19/US 29 NW Peachtree St

Continue onto Linden Ave NW and turn left onto West Peachtree St NW
Then left onto North Avenue.

If you are coming from the North going South on 75/85 --
take exit 249D / North Avenue Exit and turn right onto North Ave.

Then, take North Avenue NW to Northyards Blvd. NW.

Northyards Blvd. is the first left-hand turn after you emerge from the North Avenue tunnel that goes under Marietta Street just past the Coca-Cola Bldg.

On the corner of North and Northyard Blvd. is an office complex called Technology Enterprise Park. Turn left and follow the road until you see a large 384 sign on your right. This is the entrance. Proceed to the parking area to your right and look for the NSA Georgia Signs.

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