Great Visual Storytelling and PowerPoint Slide Design for Over 15 Years
In 1999, I was working in a corporation as a project manager for a large retailer of microprocessor products. Word got around the company that I was good at PowerPoint. Executives began to hire me “on the side” to help them. Since I have always been profoundly interested in the intersection of images and words I loved this new challenge. Furthermore, I understood that business professionals needed help with their PowerPoints. As a result, Presentation Tree was born.
Since then, I’ve created hundreds of strategic communications and marketing pieces. My clients are located all over the United States and in a few other countries, as well. Because I have created for a wide range of industries there are few presentations I can’t significantly improve.
I mainly provide B2B services to businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. I sometimes work with non-profits. It’s also been my privilege to help some visionary thought leaders create great presentations.
I have over 25 years of experience as a communications manager and visual storyteller. I am a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint 2013. As a trainer, I have taught hundreds of business professionals how to meet today’s standards for visual communications and wow their audiences.
I am also a public speaker. I have recently given slide presentations at Parsons The New School in New York City and Washington State University. This experience informs my slide design.
Philosophy and Skills
I live to reduce the noise and enhance the signal. Mies van der Rohe famously said “less is more” about architecture. I believe that to also be true about PowerPoint presentations.
More skills and experience is what sets Presentation Tree apart. These skills include:
- Marketing strategy and campaigns
- Narrative and messaging content
- Project management
- Comfortable working with all levels of management
- Experience supporting C-suite executives
- Creative direction and leadership
- Positioning and branding
- B2B, B2C and internal communications
- Online, web and print content development
- Social media communications
- Executive level writing and editing
- Presentation design
- Graphic and print design
- Public and media relations
- Development and delivery of training programs
- Lean processing
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Confident public speaker
- Published book author and editor
- Blogging (1M+ views)
- Research and analysis
- Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Camtasia Studio and other video tools
- Presentations and video for the web
I’ve spent years developing all the skills needed to help you accomplish your goals with your presentation.
“Paul, my talk went over beautifully. My slides were the best of all the speakers. I’m so glad I had your help. I could never create what you created and I wanted you to know I appreciate your efforts on such short notice.” – Claire Cordon (Cordon Law)
In addition to crafting visual narratives, I enjoy researching and writing about cultural history, especially comics (yes, I am a comic book geek). I co-edited and wrote for The Art of Rube Goldberg (Abrams, 2014) and am a columnist at The Comics Journal. Furthermore, I enjoy the outdoors and once pedaled a bike from Florida to Maryland on a three-month, 3,000 mile adventure. I live in Seattle, WA with my artist wife Claire Mack, two teens, and a house filled with animals and art.
I am here to help you and invite you to reach out to me.