National PowerPoint contest includes Mid-Michigan Battle Decks

Back in November, Mid-Michigan Battle Decks took place at Michigan State University in East Lansing and those in the audience got to enjoy the quick wit and cleverness of some great communications professionals. Now, the whole world can vote on who is the best of the best.

Battle Decks was a local version of a national competition called PowerPoint Karaoke that is sponsored by Imation. All of the local contestants from around the country were invited to submit videos of their performances. Imation staff narrowed all the entries down to the top 32. Those 32 are now on a bracket where people can view presentations and vote for their favorites.

As I mentioned in the blog post after the event I hosted in East Lansing, we have some serious talent in Michigan. Now it’s time for them to shine on the national stage. So go here and check out the videos if you haven’t already so you can vote for your favorites. If you’ve already seen the videos or attended the event, then you can just go straight to the site and vote.

Either way, vote soon so some of our mid-Michigan talent can keep moving forward!

Best of luck to Charlie WollborgJosh Hovey, Natalie Scott, Dan Hogan, Veronica LaDuke, Jessi Wortley Adler, Ivy Hughes and Lauren Leeds. May the best deadly bullet points win.

Mid-Michigan Battle Decks ’09

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There’s a national contest called PowerPoint Karaoke (sometimes referred to as Battle Decks) and it’s coming to East Lansing on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at 147 (Auditorium) Communication Arts & Sciences Building on the campus of Michigan State University.

The idea behind Battle Decks is that you get up in front of a group to do a PowerPoint presentation that lasts about 5 minutes — with the kicker being that you have no idea what is in the deck you are presenting. Some of the slides may be serious quotes, another could be an Excel spreadsheet graph, some could be silly pictures.

Contestants will be judged by a panel with the winner earning a very cool prize provided by Imation. We also will be filming the presentations and uploading them to YouTube for the national competition, which includes thousands of dollars in prizes and cash for winners.

Come cheer on public relations, broadcast and social media types from mid-Michigan as they battle it out for bragging rights. This event is co-hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at MSU.

For more info, you can contact me via email at ari.adler(at) or on Twitter.