Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Join Get My Graphic and Me—Mike Parkinson—at Training Magazine's Conference

Build better training skills and learn industry secrets for developing your company's talent at the 38th Annual Training 2015 Conference & Expo at Atlanta, GA, February 9–11.

Discounts for Billion Dollar Graphics subscribers and readers! Receive a free Expo-only pass by entering code EPEX at Get $250 off a full-conference pass with code TSP2.

On Wednesday, February 11th from 12:15–3:15 p.m., I'll be giving my session:

Picture Perfect: Creating Powerful Graphics—Fast
Countless studies have proven the benefits of using visual communication in learning materials. But how do you design successful graphics that clearly speak to your audience? Learn:
  • Three steps to turn words into powerful graphics.
  • How to objectively validate the effectiveness of any visual.
  • What tools you can use to make your graphics quickly (no design skill required). 
  • How to develop content up to 50% faster.
  • Software tips, tricks and secrets.
  • To stop using too many words and bad clip art.
You’ll walk away with Mike's popular Graphic Cheat Sheet, Top 11 Free and Low-cost Websites for Graphics, and a Graphic Checklist.
LAPTOP RECOMMENDED (NOT REQUIRED): Pre-loaded with PowerPoint 2007 or newer.


February 9–10, stop by Get My Graphic's booth #414 at the Expo. We'll be giving out graphic cheat sheets along with product demonstrations and special offers for attendees. I'll be at the booth to answer any questions about our product, my workshop, or graphic design.


At the conference bookstore, you can buy my Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics book. I'll be signing copies on Monday, February 8th at 4 p.m. in the Main Expo bookstore.

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Get My Graphic Partners with, Online Marketplace Matching Government Contractors with Expert Consultants

Northern Virginia-based graphics company Billion Dollar Graphics and founder and owner, Mike Parkinson, have partnered with Government Proposal Solutions, Inc., to offer their Get My Graphic product to GPSI’s® corporate subscribers.

Get My Graphic is an online database of nearly 10,000 (and growing) professional graphics editable in PowerPoint. Get My Graphic saves subscribers time and money in creating visuals for presentations, proposals, and marketing materials.

Mr. Parkinson believes Get My Graphic will align well with GPSI’s mission to bring together consultant and freelance experts with government contractors and grantees. According to Mr. Parkinson, “Contractors struggle to maintain an overhead staff of proposal writers, business development professionals, graphic artists, and subject matter experts. GPSI couldn’t have arrived at a better time.” was founded by retired and industry executives. Thousands of experts and expert companies have signed onto

Eric Adolphe, the CEO and founder of GPSI, believes this strategic partnership with Get My Graphic aligns with their goal for member companies “to meet or exceed their growth and profitability goals at far less cost than the investment required to build, develop, and retain organic capabilities needed to develop winning concepts, create strategically aligned teams, and produce winning proposals.”

Mr. Parkinson built Get My Graphic using his 20+ years of design and proposal experience. Through 24 Hour Company, a graphic design company he co-owns, Mr. Parkinson continues to help government contractors and private sector companies create successful proposal and presentation graphics. Mr. Parkinson travels the country teaching visual communication and how to turn ideas and concepts into winning graphics. His book, Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics, is going into its third printing and demonstrates his conceptualization process for designers and business professionals.

About Get My Graphic 
Get My Graphic launched in 2006 as a resource to make it easy and affordable to get clear, compelling, professional graphics. The almost 10,000 graphics, infographics, photographs, icons, and templates are fully editable in a Microsoft PowerPoint® environment.

About® is a one-stop secure online marketplace connecting federal, state, local and international government contractors and grantees with verified experts and consultants. also provides real time market intelligence, a Knowledge Academy, secure collaboration, talent-matching services for verified experts, and a broad range of related business services. Their expert database includes former government officials and private sector employees who spent years supporting public sector programs. Contractors can search for proposal managers, graphic artists, price to win specialists, contracts specialists, bid protest attorneys, marketing and communications specialists, government affairs specialists, cyber security experts, IT and programming, construction experts, and other skills.

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Gauges, Infographics and Tree Diagrams

We are close to reaching our 10,000 graphic mark at Get My Graphic. Below is a sampling of graphics added this month and how you can use them in your presentations.

Gauge Graphic
Use the new gauge graphics instead of a typical risk matrix to show the risk level for a task, project, or process. Rotate the needle to the area corresponding to low, medium or high risk.

Infographics incorporate several graphics and icons to tell a story with information.

Use this infographic containing gauges to compare risk levels of different tasks.

This infographic has a timeline to display events over years, months, or days. Compare data, speed, web, and documents with the icons over the time period.

Use this infographic with the fully editable map to highlight countries and their data, computer, or web usages and laws governing information streaming.

Tree Diagram
Use Tree Diagrams as a visual metaphor or timeline for growth or emerging technologies. It is also a different way to show your organization with various "branches" sprouting from the main company.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Create Billion Dollar Proposal & Presentation Graphics

Sponsored by TargetGov, I'll be teaching a full-day workshop showing attendees how to create winning proposal and presentation graphics. Join me January 15th at the UMBC Research and Technology Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Go to TargetGov for full details.

Get visual! Qualified companies who do not communicate with compelling graphics frequently lose federal contracts to vendors who do win. Responding to federal RFPs can be a high-stakes gamble. Average proposal costs have risen nearly 50% in just three years.

Mike Parkinson, one of the industry’s best visual communications experts and published author, will teach you how to:
  • Increase your odds to win contracts
  • Differentiate your company
  • Make your proposals stand out as the best solution
  • Quickly and clearly communicate complex information and concepts
  • Enhance evaluators rapid understanding of your company’s value
Click here for more information and how to register for Mike's class and learn ways to transform your words into successful graphics.