The Presentation Company was started by Janine Kurnoff and Lee Lazarus, two sisters with a passion for helping people learn to become world-class presenters.

Our Story

Janine Kurnoff has always had a passion for helping people tell their stories in a media they use every day—presentations. In fact, when Janine was getting her MBA, she noticed immediately that her classmates struggled to communicate ideas using PowerPoint. Her classmates and professors noticed her presentations as well; they were clear, visually engaging and always told a story. Everyone wanted in—and she was soon asked to develop a class to share her approach. It happened again when Janine joined Yahoo! Inc. in global sales training. Her impromptu “Lunch and Learn” sessions were an instant success among the sales and marketing teams and word was spreading fast. She founded The Presentation Company (TPC) in 2001.

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Janine’s sister, Lee Lazarus, joined her at The Presentation Company in 2002 after being convinced that together they could change the way business presentations are created. Lee had spent years developing the branding, marketing communication and PR strategy for two of the fastest-growing Internet and telecommunications market research firms in Silicon Valley. As head of media relations, she knew the importance of translating mounds of data and information into clear and concise messages.

The World Takes Notice

With Janine in charge of global training and Lee running custom solutions, The Presentation Company, along with its top-notch staff, train and consult with some of the world’s top corporations including Apple, Facebook, Cisco and Hewlett Packard. TPC’s workshops and custom services provide innovative visual message and virtual presentation training that addresses the top presentation challenges: to clearly communicate the value of your message, to elevate business conversations and to create action as a result. And as today’s presentation technologies continue to evolve, TPC continues to evolve alongside.  

 A Unique Culture

As self-avowed “mompreneurs” Lee Lazarus and Janine Kurnoff have committed over the past 13 years to invest in a company culture that cherishes personal life as seriously as it values business life. In this vein, they have recruited the best talent who, like them, choose to live, not just preach, their core values. Through these values they have become the trusted advisors their clients rely on today.  

 


 

Our Approach

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People want to know the relevance of what they are learning and, specifically, how it helps them achieve their goals. Not only do we understand this, it is the number one driver behind our training approach.

We also know that the most effective learning is self-directed and internally motivated. This is why TPC’s workshops are hands-on, with application labs and report-outs allowing participants to share their learning and experience with one another.

Our Promise

  • Simple Visual Storytelling: Going beyond words and connecting with the audience
  • Technology Expertise: Maximizing and challenging today’s presentation technologies
  • Flexible Delivery Models: Offering training that’s face-to-face, virtual or a blend of the two
  • Customized Workshops: Reflecting your brand and your story
  • Presentation Toolkits: Jumpstarting visual thinking today and moving forward

TPC Team

Our Culture & Values

Passion

We infuse excitement and commitment in what we do and how we do it.

Integrity

We act with honesty and trustworthiness in everything we do.

Excellence

We deliver what we promise and add value beyond what is expected.

Innovation

We believe meaningful, productive change results from looking at challenges and opportunities differently, and we exercise our curiosity to take risks.

Unity

We are one company, one team, and believe succeeding as one is as important as succeeding independently.

Empowerment

We believe in encouraging our customers and team to work and live their best lives.

Our Partners

  • Cisco WebEx

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    We work with Cisco WebEx to deliver social media content to their virtual community, WebEx Channels. This free service provides business professionals with a single destination to find tools and resources developed by community members.

    Since 2004, we have used WebEx to deliver virtual training to Fortune 500 companies. Now we can also provide and share exciting new information with customers and the industry at large. Visit WebEx Channels to find tips on how to present like a professional using the industry’s premier virtual meeting platform, Cisco WebEx.

  • Mandel Communications

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    We have worked extensively with Mandel Communications over the past 7 years, focusing on meeting the needs of clients when it comes to developing presentations and training. Mandel has extensive experience in helping clients understand how to build great content and messaging that is listener-centric, clear and compelling. They also coach communicators on how to be confident, credible and interactive.

    Recognizing the great influence visuals have in any successful presentation (after all, over half of what we remember is visual), we work together to help clients learn how to bring their Mandel Blueprint™ content to life visually in PowerPoint as well as in virtual meeting environments such as WebEx, Live Meeting, Adobe Connect, HP Virtual Rooms, etc.

    Our partnership ensures clients receive a well-rounded presentation or training experience that covers all aspects of a great presentation—from planning to design to delivery.

  • Software Productivity Strategists, Inc.

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    Software Productivity Strategists, Inc. (SPS), works with us to provide a complete design, delivery and production service for your virtual event.

    SPS brings over ten years of virtual production and facilitation to the partnership. Their team of experts supports virtual instructors using HP Virtual Rooms, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Adobe Connect Pro. SPS also provides recording and editing services and is a Microsoft Live Meeting and HP Virtual Rooms reseller.

    Our partnership with SPS provides everything needed for a seamless virtual event!

  • Mimeko Design Group

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    TPC partners with Mimeko Design Group to offer creative and design services for customers who require this expertise. Mimeko steps in when clients are looking to fully re-brand or are needing PowerPoint design support services.

    This Bay Area-based, women-owned firm is passionate about solving design problems. They specialize in custom, highly tailored approaches to each and every project. Together with TPC, Mimeko’s design strategy turns out relevant and meaningful client solutions that return measurable business value.

Client Testimonials

Thank you very much for the incredible class. What an effective instructor, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that your class is the best I’ve ever taken. In my day-to-day job, I ‘live’ in PowerPoint, so the skills you taught me will help me improve in my role and be a happier person overall. 

 

Datacenter Care Sales Readiness ManagerHewlett Packard

Three bite-sized sessions of content via WebEx was more powerful than one long day of in-person presentations. I would never have believed it if I hadn't experienced it. This was one of the best trainings I've taken.

Director of MarketingFortune 100

Thanks to your workshop, I was able to process and develop better looking slides for our strategic planning meeting, and my management team loved the concepts so much that they are now required from other business groups. I would call that success!    

Director, Product Management, Medical ProductsBaxter

There were times during class that I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry thinking about how much time I had wasted in the past working on a slide deck. The tools, tips are templates are such value-adds to start thinking about better storytelling in PPT.

L&D Business ParterHewlett Packard

This training was a great investment, as I was able to see results and realize the time to impact very quickly.

Senior Director, Competitive Intelligence and Market InsightsSymantec Corporation