I’m Rick Pollak the Presentation Medic. I help technical presenters capture and keep the attention of a non-technical audience.
When I started working as an engineer at Motorola, I was a nervous and boring presenter.
When it came to death by PowerPoint, I was an infamous serial killer.
It took me years to learn the techniques to effectively explain technical topics in a way that captures and keeps an audience’s attention.
Mastering these explanation skills made me a passionate and interesting speaker, and I enjoyed a successful career giving seminars and presentations on complex telecommunications networks.
Teaching these presentation techniques to my colleagues was more satisfying to me than speaking at conferences in the USA and Canada. When I was offered an early retirement at the end of 2013, I jumped at the chance to start my “second-act career”.
I founded Presentation Medic to share what I’ve learned from presenting complex concepts to non-technical audiences.
My “Unofficial” Bio
Rick Pollak is the founder of Presentation Medic, a company that specializes in curing boring technical presentations. Before starting his consulting business, he spent 35 years at Motorola, explaining complex wireless communications networks to non-technical audiences.
Rick has been a featured speaker at technology conferences in the U.S. and Canada. He’s coached speakers for TEDx events and been a guest lecturer at Boston-area universities. Rick is an accomplished jazz musician (keyboard and guitar) who believes that structure and story are the keys to helping people remember songs and speeches.
He is the president of the Society of Professional Consultants, an organization that offers networking, mentoring, and education for consultants and solo professionals.
Rick volunteers with Pitch in the Zone, a weekly online event where an international group of expert coaches help presenters fine-tune their 3-minute pitch.
You’ll find more information about Rick’s background on LinkedIn.