Interview with the newest PowerPoint MVP – Mike Parkinson [Video]

Microsoft actively seeks professionals who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of their products with others. A lucky few – under 50 worldwide – have been awarded the status of PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional).

The latest PowerPoint MVP is Mike Parkinson, a frequent contributor and webinar presenter for PresentationXpert. He joins a great group of talented experts including Nolan Haims, Echo Swinford, Julie Terberg, Glenna Shaw, Ric Bretschneider, Steve Rindsberg, John Wilson, Geetesh Bajaj, Ellen Finkelstein, and many others. We had a conversation with Mike about what this means to him and as always, we pick his brain on what the latest tips and tricks are for presentations. And discover if there is a “secret handshake” for MVPs.

Here are some of the questions we asked him during our interview:

  • What is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP?
  • How do you get selected to be an MVP? What are the criteria?
  • What does it mean to you to be an MVP?
  • What are the benefits of being an MVP?
  • What is your area of specialty in PowerPoint?
  • What are your favorite tools or features in PowerPoint? Why?
  • Which PowerPoint features could help someone’s presentation stand apart from their peers?
  • Top Ten Tips for PowerPoint users
  • Have you used “morph” and “design” yet? Can you share some tips.

Please send a note to Mike to say congratulations. He can be reached at

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