Become a Presentation Superstar! With Stephen Gates

  • 24 Jan 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • RAPP 437 Madison Ave 3rd floor, btw 49th & 50th, New York, NY 10022

Instead of the usual suspects of case studies and user experience strategies, this session is going to talk about something very different. 

Currently, there is no creative profession that needs to understand how to present and sell their ideas in a compelling way more than user experience architects. This is because clients don’t get excited about hanging wire frames or sites maps on the walls of their office the way they do with visual designs, and as a result, you have to work twice as hard to sell your ideas and get your clients engaged. 

This session is the culmination of everything Stephen has learned about presenting and selling ideas over the past 20 years. He will show explain:

  • How to understand what you are really presenting, and how it effects your relationship with your clients
  • The best ways to construct a story and presentation that will engage your clients
  • How to use psychology to control the focus and behavior of your audience
  • Numerous tips and techniques that will take your presentations to a whole new level


Stephen GatesStephen Gates is the Senior Creative Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he leads global digital design and branding for nine properties, including the W, Westin, Sheraton, and St. Regis. Prior to Starwood, Stephen worked in the agency world where he integrated advertising and design for global brands ranging from American Airlines to Disney to ExxonMobil. Awards include Canne Cyber Lions, ADDY, Webby, Adobe Site of the Day, and Communication Arts Site of the Week. In 2009, Stephen was chosen by Media Post magazine as one of three Online Marketing All-Stars. Stephen lives in New York City where he uses his free time to publish his blog that is a collection of rants, opinions and advice about the digital, creative, and advertising industries.


6:00 Light Refreshments & Networking
6:45 Announcements
7:00 Presentation and Q & A
8:00 Post-Event Networking


RAPP logoRapp 437 Madison Ave, 3rd floor, between 49th & 50th Streets.

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$10 for members, $5 for students, $20 for non-members

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