About Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is a geek. He is 1 of 36 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world, is an internationally recognized communication and presentation expert, best-selling author, and professional trainer. Mike’s keynotes, training, books (“Billion Dollar Graphics” and “A Trainer's Guide to PowerPoint”), and tools ( help companies succeed while saving money and time. He owns Billion Dollar Graphics ( and is a partner at 24 Hour Company (, a premier business development creative services firm.

Winning Pitch Decks and Oral Proposals with Mike Parkinson

New Year, new business! Check out Mike Parkinson's presentation below on winning pitch decks, oral proposals, and persuasive presentations...  

By |2021-12-31T11:39:39-05:00December 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Featured Article|0 Comments

At A Glance Proposal Graphics

Today's blog is featuring our Diamond Partner, 24 Hour Company, which was founded as a traditional graphic design firm in 1992 by Dennis Fitzgerald. Realizing the opportunity to focus on an under-served niche market in the Washington, DC area, Dennis transitioned the company into one whose primary clients are business development professionals who bid on

By |2021-04-16T14:36:17-04:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Featured Article|0 Comments

3 Ways to Stay Upbeat when a Proposal Goes Bad

When overwhelmed by a deadline, I can fall into unhealthy mental habits. I get stressed, frustrated, and exhausted. However, years ago, I started using three techniques to ensure a happier, healthier, and more successful me. I learned these strategies from successful business professionals and life coaches. The following strategies work well together to help me

By |2021-04-02T07:11:09-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Featured Article|0 Comments

FREE Coronavirus Response Icons

I’m doing something different this time (as is everyone in the world). Rather than write my standard article, I’m sharing some of my PowerPoint coronavirus response and healthcare icons and symbols. My hope is twofold: Empower people like you to educate others about pandemic response best practices. These royalty free images can be used in

By |2020-06-19T01:44:55-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|0 Comments

It’s 2020. Stop Using PowerPoint THE WRONG WAY!

“Everybody hates PowerPoint,” writes Geoffrey James in his January 21, 2020, Inc. magazine article: “It's 2020. Why Are You Still Using PowerPoint?” Although his article is well written and researched, James is engaging in a “clickbait” technique exploiting a provocative opinion and using a provocative title to garner readers. He doesn’t consider the alternative (albeit

By |2020-04-10T10:02:31-04:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|0 Comments

What are the three newest trends in proposal development?

In the last decade, I’ve seen three changes that have gained momentum: shorter proposals, more orals, and an increase in visuals. 1.Shorter Proposals Prospects, customers, reviewers, evaluators, and decision makers are fractured. They are resource starved. They do not have time to read through five two hundred-page proposals. Although resources have shrunk in the last

By |2020-05-05T07:45:33-04:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|0 Comments

How Do I Lead Designers?

I saw Simon Sinek present at a conference. I was one of about 10,000 people who funneled into a large auditorium to see this popular TED Talk presenter. I heard he was an insightful speaker, and I had no idea how much his words on leadership would inspire me.[intense_blockquote width="33%" rightalign="1"]Being a great leader is

By |2020-04-04T14:16:05-04:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|0 Comments

3 Common Graphic Myths

In the world of proposal design, many gurus tell you to follow the “rules.” But, like Captain Barbossa of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, I believe rules are more like guidelines. They are there for a reason but, if followed blindly, can lead to dire consequences. Here are three common myths surrounding these “rules”

By |2020-04-04T14:18:04-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is the Best Design Style for Proposals?

Reacting to what we see is instinctual. In some instances, our reactions can mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately for us, reviewing proposals is not life threatening, although it taps into similar feelings and reactions that then become judgments about what is being reviewed. The style of your graphics says a lot about

By |2020-04-04T14:20:22-04:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: Ask the Graphics Guru, eZine|0 Comments
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