Bio & Background

Short Bio

Dave Paradi has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored eight books and four Kindle e-books on effective PowerPoint presentations. He consults on high-stakes presentations including one used by the CEO of an investment management firm to retain over $800 million in assets. Dave is one of only fifteen people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world. Participants in his workshops leave with practical steps they can take immediately to improve their presentations. Attendees say that they will never be able to look at another PowerPoint presentation the same way again because Dave redefined what an effective presentation should look like.

Extended Bio

Dave Paradi is the author of "Select Effective Visuals", "Present It So They Get It", "102 Tips to Communicate More Effectively Using PowerPoint" and “The Visual Slide Revolution”, which was selected as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by The Globe and Mail. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Rush University in Chicago and is the co-author of three "Guide to PowerPoint" MBA-level textbooks. The National Post called Dave a “presentation training guru”, the Globe and Mail described him as a “presentations expert” and Tony Ramos referred to Dave as a “PowerPoint rock star”.

He helps professionals and executives create and deliver PowerPoint presentations their audience will understand.  His background in research, marketing, copywriting and sales helps him to develop ways that presenters can get their message across effectively.  His clients say that what he does is unique because he fills the void between presentation skills training and technical skills training.

Since 1999, Dave has been speaking professionally to audiences in Canada and the United States. In addition to the books he has authored, Dave has also written over 60 articles and over 350 issues of his Presentation Insights e-newsletter.  He produced over 80 slide makeover videos showing lessons presenters can learn from a “before” and “after” slide transformation, which have had over 100,000 views through the iTunes store, his SlideShare site, and his YouTube channel.

In Dave's presentations, he addresses the key complaint of audiences – information overload that confuses the audience. He shares his six-step RAPIDS approach for planning a presentation and his HVF approach for creating effective PowerPoint slides. This equips presenters to deliver a clear message using persuasive visuals. These presentations lead to better understanding and action by decision-makers.

Dave served five years as a National Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and was awarded the CAPS President's Award for Distinguished Service in 2003. He holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire (1991) and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto (1987). In 1998, he earned accreditation from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in Facilitation and graduated from the Dale Carnegie Course.

Some of Dave's clients include: General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, Ciena Canada, Duke Realty, Glam Media, Aspiriant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, University of Chicago MBA program, Rotman School of Management, Ontario Cancer Institute, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Town of Oakville. His learning tools have been purchased by individuals all over the world. He has also spoken to professional speakers chapters and conventions in the United States and Canada.

Dave's ideas have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Hoovers online, AirTran magazine, Canadian Professional Sales Association magazine, Microsoft, Presentations magazine, Selling Power magazine, Canadian Business magazine, BusinessWorld India, Presenters University and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University to name just a few.

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