HOW TO USE MORPH

February 11th, 2016 by Matt

A quick tech update from Eyeful Tower’s here for all users of PowerPoint…

Morph is now available to Office Insider users of Mac.

If you’re not sure what Morph is, or how to use it, please allow me to elaborate…

You may have heard in our PowerPoint 2016 review last year, that 2016 wasn’t really anything to write home about…

Well since it’s release, Microsoft have released a couple of nifty updates, our favourite being the new Morph transition.

Now you might be thinking, “really? A good PowerPoint transition?” and I wouldn’t blame you!

There are now 49 transitions in PowerPoint 2016, with perhaps 5-6 suitable for business presentations. Random bars wasn’t a good look in 2003, let alone in 2016.

Morph though is different.

Morph isn’t really a transition at all, it’s more of an automatic animation button. For example, say you have a square on a slide, if you want to make that square larger and move position on the slide, then before Morph you would need to apply a grow animation and a motion path.

If the shape is growing a lot bigger, it would pixilate horribly and to fix it you would need some pretty advanced PowerPoint training to make the whole process smooth.

Morph simplifies this somewhat. Instead of applying lots of animation, you simply start with the small square on a slide, then copy and paste the slide, before re-sizing and positioning the shape on the following slide – apply the Morph transition and hey presto, Morph does all the hard work and smoothly transitions the shape growing and moving position…

There are pros and cons to using Morph though. You can end up with a lot more slides and the transition only works if playing the presentation in PowerPoint 2016.

So if you spend time creating a rather awesome morph sequence, make sure when it comes to presenting the computer has PowerPoint 2016 – otherwise, nothing happens!

Here’s an example of a recent Morph video I created in PowerPoint 2016. This is an infographic created to highlight the results of our recent State Of The Nation, business presentation survey…

This video was created from 1 image, copied over multiple slides, with the image in a different size and position on each slide.

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There is absolutely no PowerPoint animation applied to this, just the Morph transition – and this is the result!

Not bad eh?!

If you’re now excited to start playing but you find Morph is missing from the Transitions tab, I’m afraid it’s not available quite yet to everyone globally.

If you have a PC, the release is underway so keep an eye out for an Office Update notification and if you have a Mac, you’ll need to be an Office Insider

To make sure you are an Office Insider, go to the Help menu and choose Check for Updates, here you can switch AutoUpdate on and choose to opt in for preview builds of Office.

If creating presentations is something you get excited about, check out our suite of presentation training modules, where we can prescribe you a fully tailored course to meet your exact needs…

We can help with story structure and flow, storyboarding and visualisation, right the way through to some highly advanced presentation design and delivery skills.

Our flexible tailored approach means you only upskill in the areas you need, to find out more check out the modules here or just give us a ring on 01455 826390…

I’m off to play with Morph!

 

THE SLIDES ARE THE PRESENTATION

February 9th, 2016 by Matt

Eyeful’s MD Simon Morton has once again headed off to Grant Leboff’s Sticky Marketing studio for another helpful interview…

This time, Simon tackles the age old problem of when presenters start creating their presentations by opening up PowerPoint – which is pretty much the biggest ‘no, no’ when it comes to creating presentations.

Grant isn’t afraid to push Simon on the subject, so be prepared to take notes as your guaranteed to learn a whole heap about presentation planning and best practice.

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The video is less than four and half minutes, so perfect viewing over your next cuppa – or if you have a little longer, check out Grant’s other interviews with Simon…

If the topics mentioned whet your appetite for more expert presentation knowledge, check out Simon’s acclaimed book, The Presentation Lab which is making waves and has been released in 6 languages…

In the meantime, here is the latest video…

The Importance of Storytelling in PowerPoint Presentation Design

January 19th, 2016 by Matt

 

Eyeful’s very own MD Simon Morton has been speaking to our good friend Grant Leboff at Sticky Marketing

Simon does like to pop into Grant’s to offer some regular sage advice to presenters, in the past they’ve discussed interesting topics such as; the importance of audience, the impact of poor presentations and finding inspiration…

In this week’s catch-up, Simon debunks some of the myths around using stories in presentations and actually offers a couple of really easy suggestions on how to build story into your PowerPoint Presentation design to all importantly help the memory of your audience.

 
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The video is only 5 minutes, so perfect to view over a cuppa or a bite as you contemplate your next presentation.

If the topics mentioned above whet your appetite for more expert presentation knowledge, check out Simon’s acclaimed book, The Presentation Lab, which is making waves and has been released in 6 languages.

In the meantime, enjoy…

Which Presentations Are Created The Most?

January 11th, 2016 by Matt

The results are finally here! Yes, we’ve counted, assessed and reviewed all of your feedback from our first business presentation survey aimed at people who actually create presentations.

The first bit of insight that has come out of this survey is the type of presentations that people are mostly making…

Why not spend a minute or so and surprise yourself with the results in our infographic video… I know I was surprised…

It’s not surprising to see Conference Presentations so high, but I would have expected them to be top, not to mention the fact that Internal Presentations are being made in equal measures as Conference Presentations with a joint score of 56%.

There will be more interesting insight to come in the following coming weeks. If you happen to have a spare 60 seconds and you would like to contribute to our next survey ‘the Art of Delivery’ you can do so right here.

 

 

Merry Christmas You Tubers

December 24th, 2015 by Matt

If your anything like me, you probably dip into You Tube from time to time for… well, everything and anything!

Every morning, I give my 21-month old son Jack my iPhone playing the same 10 minute You Tube clip of those lovable Minions from Despicable Me – this gives me just enough time to change his nappy, and get him dressed and ready for nursery – thank you, You Tube!

Without the distraction of the Minions, Jack would be wriggling and objecting to the very idea that pyjamas are not suitable attire for leaving the house…

Then there’s the serious side of You Tube, like catching the latest movie trailers (yes this is serious) to finding how to do something in anything from Photoshop to cooking or DIY…

If you need some advice on how to do something, the chances are Google is going to point you to at least one helpful You Tube video…

And now you can get help with your presentations…

We’ve just uploaded over 30 of our favourite presentation related videos that we created in 2015.

Think of them as a slightly early Christmas present from Eyeful Presentations to all the You Tubers out there who need a little help with their presentations – you will be amazed at where the presentation bar has been set this year, it’s pretty darn high…

The Snowman is just one example of what Eyeful’s fantastic presentation designers can do with little more than PowerPoint and it’s the kind of presentation inspiration you’ll find on the Eyeful You Tube Channel.

So, pour a glass of mulled wine, grab a minced pie and soak up some of the very best inspiration, insight and thinking ready for your presentations in 2016 and if you find yourself needing a little help from the presentation experts, you know where we are

COULD SANTA EVER PUT A BIG, BLACK BOOT WRONG?

December 23rd, 2015 by Liz

Yesterday was one of those really exciting days… as a relatively new parent, each milestone achievement or experience my 20 month old son Niall goes through fills me with pride.

And yesterday was no exception, as I took him to see Santa in his grotto!

We arrived for our pre-booked slot at our local garden centre and were quickly whisked away with some other young families into a magical world of Christmas…

Hundreds of Christmas trees, decorated with thousands of fairy lights, lined the pathway to the entrance, fake snow and icicles adorned every visible surface and there were even two real reindeers wandering around!

Santa’s Elves guided us to the entrance to the grotto where Mrs Claus greeted and accompanied us into the most decorated living room you have ever seen.

As logs burned on the fireplace, Santa snored away happily in his rocking chair.

The children got comfy in their beanbag seats as us parents readied our cameras and waited for the magic to happen…

As any parent will tell you, children are a tough crowd, mercilessly honest and easily bored…

Things began to unravel as Mrs Clause encouraged the children to wake Santa up by shouting to him, his pretend spluttering waking jibber of “oh, for goodness sake!” left the children more confused than entertained…

Then, for no apparent reason, Santa decided to start playing to the (fee paying) parent audience rather than focusing on the children.

What unfurled was a series of slightly dodgy jokes about Grandmas using Botox and a very long and meandering story that left the older children bored and the younger ones fidgeting with confusion.

A few of the younger children, my son included, began to cause mischief by removing baubles and tinsel from the numerous Christmas trees as the older children gave their parents that look.

Santa did however manage to pull things around with a lovely 5 minutes sing song and a present for every child in the room – disaster adverted!

It’s fair to say though, that Niall’s visit to Santa had not quite gone as expected.

So, as someone who heads up the training division of Europe’s most successful presentation design company, I have come up with a few words of wisdom for Santa…

• Audience first, every time.
• If the audience is mixed, focus on the main group and don’t try and please everybody (it won’t happen). Chances are that if your main audience are happy, the remainder will be OK with it too – i.e. happy children = happy parents.
• Content shouldn’t get in the way of a strong engagement – trim down the content so that your audience don’t have to fight the temptation to run away, fall asleep or tug at room décor.

These words of advice will come in handy for all seasonal Santa’s and a fair few business presenters too…

 

AN EASY WAY TO PUT A SMILE ON YOUR LITTLE ONE’S FACE THIS CHRISTMAS

December 18th, 2015 by Matt

Just a quick note to say a very Merry Christmas to all our readers and as a thank you, we’ve created two fantastic Christmas videos; I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas and The Snowman

Plus, we’ve created you a personalised version of I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas, so that you can recreate this video especially for the little ones in your life…

The videos and everything you need to create a personalised video is available in the Turtl below…

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Have a great Christmas, from all the team at Eyeful…

 

 

 

HOW TO PREPARE A PRESENTATION OVERNIGHT

December 10th, 2015 by Matt

Here at Eyeful, we are a caring, sharing sort of presentation design company.

Only yesterday I was creating a whole bunch of tutorial videos for our cloud based presentation storage and distribution platform SlideBank. These being carefully created with the sole intention of making things easier for the administrators and end users of this powerful PowerPoint distribution system.

We also have a fantastic modular presentation training programme that regularly helps people learn all the aspects of presentation creation, from the beginning of the presentation messaging process, right through to our technical training packages such as advanced PowerPoint training.

If you need help, then we are the type of business to offer it.

And we’re now helping people with their presentations while they fly!

Eyeful’s very own expert presentation consultant Richard Tierney has had an article on “How To Prepare A Presentation Overnight” featured in British Airways’ in-flight magazine Business Life.

Now, whilst we are certainly not advocates of leaving your presentation preparation to the very last minute, we know it happens. Goodness knows how many times we’ve picked up the phone to a rather panicked presenter needing a minor miracle delivering to save their presentation life!

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But if you’re on a long flight and calling the presentation experts simply isn’t an option, then thanks to Richard, here are 10 sage tips to get you ready in the hotel, the night before the big event…

#1 BE IN THE RIGHT STATE
You’ve arrived at the hotel, the conference is tomorrow and you haven’t prepared your presentation. Call room service. No one does well in a stressful situation on an empty stomach.

#2 DEFINE THE KEY MESSAGE
Your success on stage tomorrow depends on this one thought. Write it down. Pin it up somewhere where you can see it; this is going to get messy.

#3 GATHER SUPPORTING FACTS
Write down all the things you can think of, each one on a separate piece of paper. Post-It notes work well; I find those little pads of hotel notepaper useful. Now, pick your top three.

#4 MAKE A STORY
How do these three facts tell the main message you have? Imagine this: You meet an old friend for a drink. This friend knows nothing, and casually asks: “What do you really mean by that?” Pay close attention to your answer.

#5 GET SPECIFIC
I highly recommend writing out your speech in full. If it works better for you just list topic headings on 3×5 cards, or scamp it out as a mind map. Whatever floats your boat. Read it through out loud a couple of times and see how long it takes. Adjust accordingly.

#6 MAKE A FEW SLIDES
You need five slides:

● Your name and the title of your talk
● Point One
● Point Two
● Point Three
● Your key message

Only add more if you have a really good reason.

#7 EDIT
Fact: We remember pictures, we do not remember text. Therefore: Show – don’t tell. If you already have a prepared slide deck you may like to use a little-known function: the delete button. Now you have a story to tell, and you have a memorable, terse, set of slides to help you tell that story.

#8 REHEARSE
Time to rehearse again, with slides this time. There’s a theory that one can over rehearse; it’s true but you are nowhere near that point. Run through until it goes well, then go to bed. You need your sleep and the presentation will – magically – embed itself whilst you sleep.

#9 HYDRATE
Nerves are just nature’s way of saying we’re excited. By keeping your message simple, your objective clear and removing distracting slides you have minimised this. A dry mouth helps no one. Keep a bottle (not a glass) of still water with you at the podium.

# 10 OBJECTIVE
Above all, remember where you are going. Then you won’t get lost. Stage fright can make you think the worst of people. Your audience has come to hear you because they believe you have something worthwhile to say. They want you to succeed. Enjoy.

Or, if you have a slightly longer lead time than 12 hours, just give us a ring on 0845 056 8528…

 

We’re well versed in performing minor miracles…

Reason #24 to work with Eyeful Presentations:

December 4th, 2015 by Matt

Eyeful’s People Rock!

And I’m genuinely proud to say it…

There are lots of reasons to work with Eyeful and one of the biggest and best is the people who work tirelessly everyday making sure people’s presentation opportunities are successful.

We’re lucky enough to have a team of expert presentation consultants who know how to create you a presentation story that really connects with your audience…

Our project managers will bend over backwards to get the job done in your time frames…

And we’ve got a whole bunch of truly talented presentation designers who can turn a bullet point laden mess into something rather spectacular, yet professional.

Just ask our clients…

To get the full story of what our customers think about us, just check out our Turtl…

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It won’t just confirm what a lovely bunch we are to work with, but you’ll also find two great (and completely free) ways to ensure your presentations are on target

Satya Nadella & The iPhone – Seeing Is Believing

November 25th, 2015 by Simon

A week or so ago, I had the honour of being asked to speak at Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference in London.  Future Decoded is a huge deal – a total of 10,000 attendees over two days soaking up the latest thinking about the future of business, society, leadership, technology and more.

As you’d expect from such an event, Microsoft had rolled out a series of high profile and rather marvellous keynote speakers from the world of business, sport and technology.  The big name on the list was Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft – like I said, they pulled out all the stops on the event.

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I was intrigued to see Satya in action.  I’d seen him interviewed, read a fair bit about and by him but never seen him present.

As on TV, he comes across as a gentle, quietly spoken, considered presenter on stage …and if I was being hyper-critical, a tiny bit dull.  Now this might be a little unfair – after all, the vast majority of the audience were fellow techies and seemed pretty happy with proceedings – but there was a distinct lack of impact for the first 10 minutes.

I was beginning to wonder if after all the build up, this keynote might become a little, um, tedious.

And then something changed…

Satya started to demonstrate the (extremely cool) developments Microsoft have been beavering away at.  Not on some fancy set up with clever camera angles and carefully stage managed equipment.  Nope – on a phone (an iPhone of all things) to kick things off.

Not only did the mood in the audience change from slightly twitchy to truly engaged but Satya suddenly came to life too.  He was impressively comfortable in the various demos (there was no doubt that he’d put the rehearsal hours) but he also let his excitement and glee shine through.

He stopped being the cautious and considered tech CEO and morphed into someone who was bursting with pride and who couldn’t wait to share this cool new stuff with the audience.  It was brilliant…

At the end of Satya’s keynote, I was left pondering the metamorphosis I’d just witnessed.  To me, it was yet another example of the power of the demo.

I’ve long ranted about how this form of presentation seemed to be dying a slow death and that sales teams were missing a trick…and one of the most powerful and well respected business people of our time proved it again.

Demos aren’t hokey or something to be avoided – when delivered with confidence, passion and knowledge, they are the perfect platform for presenters to shine and for audiences to engage.

So ask yourself – are you relying on slideware too much?  Would a demo of your software/hardware/widget benefit the audience?  If so, you know what to do (and it has nothing to do with PowerPoint, Prezi or Keynote).