October 6th, 2015 by Matt

I’m sure like me you’ve seen the new iPhone 6s advert a whole bunch of times and Apple’s rather innovative (if slightly unbelievable) strapline of…


It’s a lovely line, if true.

And if I could think up a strapline to describe PowerPoint 16 it would be similar, but would read, “The only thing that’s changed is nothing”!

I tell a lie, the colour of PowerPoint is now a slightly deeper shade of orange.

If these sound like the bitter and twisted words of some pro Prezi, PowerPoint hater then you couldn’t be more wrong.  I absolutely love PowerPoint and particular PowerPoint 16. So if nothing’s changed, why do I love PowerPoint 16 so much?

Because it’s exactly the same as PowerPoint 13, which is an absolutely brilliant version of the worlds most used presentation tool.

So please don’t think for one moment that PowerPoint 16 isn’t good, because it’s great. It’s just not the progressive leap that PowerPoint 13 was from 2010.

Ok, so I’ve taken a good look around and there a few and I mean few new things!

Charts have had an upgrade with the introduction of 5 new creatively named graphs, including “Box and Whisker” (which I promise is not a form of cat food)…

Remember data tells a story and there is no point showing your audience an interesting nice new looking sunburst graph if all it does is confuse them. Whatever the story is in your data, make sure that it’s crystal clear to your audience!

The ability to add in clip-art has gone! Gone and hopefully never, ever to be seen again…


Tell me There’s a new box at the top of PowerPoint) that allows you to type into it, for example you could select an image and start typing “hyperlink” which would bring up the option to “Add a hyperlink” which is kind of handy.

This is more useful when the function you need is hidden away in the menus, so you could type “Align” instead of going to “Format” and then “Align”.

It’s not much of an improvement for accessing regular tools, as its best to keep links to these in a well organised “Quick Access Toolbar”.

But if it’s a function you know exists but don’t know where find it, then it will come in very handy.

I also think this is more for people with devices using Cortana, as using voice recognition will speed things up no end, compared to typing.

In terms of additional tools and functionality, that’s about all that’s new to PowerPoint 16.

So I guess the strapline should be, “The only things that’s changed is a couple of things!”.

The official strapline of Office 16 is actually…


The real changes to Office 16 are to its real time collaborated working environment…

The online videos that demonstrate this in Word look absolutely amazing, with 2 or more people logged into the same file, at the same time, typing as the page live updates in front of their very eyes.

Sadly, the PowerPoint experience really depends on how your organisation’s data is arranged.

At Eyeful we work like many others, we have an HQ with multiple users in different offices and users, along with individual team members who are field based, with us all accessing files from a central server, so true collaborative working would have been a game changer – sense the tone.

Myself and my designer colleague Lorna have recently upgraded to 2016 and thought we would put the real time collaboration through its paces…

Alas, when Lorna went onto the server and opened the same file as me, she got the age old error message:

“Matt Roper is working on [doc name]. Do you want to open a read-only copy in the meantime?” Great, not much collaborating going on here then!

After some researching and testing, we found by saving the file onto our corporate OneDrive account, we could both open and edit the file in PowerPoint at the same time.

The collaborative experience was quite clunky though. If I made a change, Lorna could only see it if I saved the file. She would then receive a notification in a tiny grey box that an updated version was available.

Updates Avail

We took our stroll through the virtual collaborative working arena into the cloud and things got a little better.

By collaborating in the cloud based PowerPoint App, we started to see changes happening in real time, great, but…

Unfortunately the solution was also the problem…

You see the online version of PowerPoint is and, how can I put this gently, RUBBISH!

It lacks so many features, it doesn’t even have the most basic of tools such as “Align”. How can anybody create a new presentation without the ability to align objects and keep things looking consistent and neat?

The PowerPoint App is better for making small text and image changes, it’s simply not cut out for designing and creating proper presentations and thus has little to offer when it comes to live collaboration.

For us, the hassle of moving files back and forth between our server and Onedrive means this form of collaborative working is simply not an option.

Moving away from collaborative working, PowerPoint 16 is a really excellent piece of presentation creation software and if you would like to master it we have an excellent course to support you, it’s just not the leap and bounds jump we got from Office 10 to Office 13, nor the truly collaborative working environment that Microsoft are promising.

Our verdict is if you have PowerPoint 2013, it’s probably not worth upgrading.

If you have PowerPoint 2010 or older, 2016 is a must have presentation creation tool, but when it comes to true collaborative working, it really isn’t as good as what Microsoft are suggesting…

So when it comes to PowerPoint and collaborative working, please do insert your own word to compete the strapline…


And let us know your thoughts once you’ve tried out the latest version of PowerPoint…

Tech Season – Is Microsoft’s Sway A Valid Presentation Option?

September 29th, 2015 by Matt

Welcome to Eyeful’s latest toe dipping into the world of technology as we report on the hard working folks over at Microsoft – boy, have they been BUSY!

Windows 10 has recently launched, Office 2016 has just hit the shelves (more on this later this week) and Microsoft Sway has been officially released.

There’s been a LOT in the press about Sway and many have focused on comparing it to PowerPoint and claiming that Sway is PowerPoint’s natural successor…

Sway is like PowerPoint, but it takes away the hassle of having to decide where things are placed.

Elyse Betters

Many have pigeonholed Sway as a lightweight, consumer version of PowerPoint, and there’s some validity to that… Sway may not offer as many design templates, clip art items, animations, and editing tools as PowerPoint, but it makes up for this with…

Michael Muchmore of PC Mag

I had to stop Michael there, as for a moment I thought he might have been suggesting that not having clip art is a bad thing? Yes, yes he was. Oh dear.

Ok so after that quick google of Microsoft Sway in the news, it would appear that the majority of technology journalists out there are simply trying to compare Sway to PowerPoint. Understandable perhaps… but that is kind of missing the point.

The reality is Sway and PowerPoint are not really comparable. PowerPoint is a presentation tool and, in the right hands and when used at the right time, a damn fine one at that.

Sway isn’t a presentation tool. So what IS it? An easy way to create web documents? An electronic scrap book? An attempt to formalize the creation of a ‘Slideument’? The reality is that very few people, including Microsoft, are 100% sure what Sway is, or where it sits.

As bemused as the rest of you, we decided to let the Eyeful Design team loose on Sway, put it through its paces and figure out the Good, Bad and Ugly around this new Microsoft tool.

Want to know more? Read on!


The First Step To A World Beating Presentation

September 25th, 2015 by Matt

It’s such a terrible feeling when you’re stood in front of your audience and things just aren’t going well, you get that knot in your stomach, your palms go sweaty and from nowhere a stutter appears.

It’s so frustrating when you genuinely know your stuff, but for some unknown reason, you just can’t get your audience to understand that you are genuinely trying to help them. That’s one kind of awful presentation experience.

But there’s an even worse one…

Where the presentation goes great, but for some illogical reason the audience isn’t interested in following your call to action.

Where did you go so wrong?

Well, this is where Eyeful can help, we offer a completely free Presentation Healthcheck Service.

All you need to do is email us your presentation and one of our expert presentation consultants will give you a call back to get the full picture of what you’re trying to achieve.

They will then fully review your slides and figure out where your presentation isn’t working as well as it could and provide you with invaluable feedback to take your presentation to the next level.

The next level being where your presentation’s key messages flow effortlessly, visuals look impressive and you stand head and shoulders above your competition.

Getting your Presentation Healthchecked won’t cost you a dime, so what are you waiting for? Just send your presentation over and we’ll get to work on suggesting how to make it the very best it can be…

Well done us…Eyeful Wins Client Award

September 24th, 2015 by Simon

“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.” – Richard Branson

Wise words, Richard…

We’ve been doing our thing for almost 12 years. That equates to a huge amount of slides produced, workshops facilitated and training sessions run…and, frankly, we’ve got very very good at doing them.

As MD of the business, this scares the bejeezus out of me.

Familiarity can so easily breed complacency which spells disaster for a client focused business like ours. This healthy paranoia has kept us moving forward, growing relationships with our oldest clients and building new ones along the way.

So it’s with great pride that I can announce that we have made the RAR (that’s Recommended Agency Register to you and me) list yet again. We even have a badge to prove it:




The reason for the pride is that this accolade is only be bestowed on those businesses that get sufficient praise and recommendation from their own client base. We didn’t fill out a form or post off a cheque to get this gong – our RAR award relies on happy Eyeful clients extolling the virtues of working with us on their most important presentations.

(Oh, and the fact that we’re the only business dedicated to presentation development and training to make the list is also rather good news).

So while I continue to deal with my paranoia over complacency and familiarity, I’ll let the rest of the team continue to wow clients large and small with presentations and service of the highest quality. It’s what we do…

Yours proudly,


Do you create Presentations?

September 23rd, 2015 by Matt

If so, we would really appreciate a little of your time to help us paint a picture about the state of business presentations in 2015.

It’s been 3 years since we last ran a survey of this magnitude and to make sure we keep the time we take of yours to a minimum, we’ve broken up our 2015 survey into mini 60 second surveys.

We are looking to find out the bigger picture of business presentations from all angles, so from people who create presentations (the PowerPoint wizz’s out there), from those on the front line that present and from the folks in the audience, the people who have to endure, or enjoy the presentations they receive. We’d also like to hear from anyone who has ever received any presentation training in the past…

In this first survey, we would love to hear from people who CREATE business presentations. So if you create slides in PowerPoint, prepare zooms in Prezi or if you have anything to do with the building of a presentation at all, then we want to hear from you…

We want to build a picture of what the real world looks like for those who create presentations.

Technology is moving forward at an amazing rate, with
new presentation software becoming available on an
almost weekly basis, we want to know if PowerPoint still wears the crown? Or has a shift occurred?

How long do you spend working on presentations? Just how much do you consider your audience when creating?

Answers to these questions will highlight for us all, what’s going on in the world of business presentations in 2015, whilst possibly showing trends in different industries.

Worry not, we don’t want your name or email address, because this survey is about making your presentation life easier, not adding to your inbox!

There are only 9 short and very straightforward questions, all with multiple choice answers, meaning we can hand on heart say you’ll be done inside the next 60 seconds!

So please, take the survey here

We raised how much for charity?! Now with video!

September 18th, 2015 by Matt

rsz_1eyefulupalooza_polaroidsThis year’s annual Eyefulpalooza took place on Friday just gone and was a huge success.

Not only did the clouds part and provide a beautifully sunny day, but we also smashed our charity target by almost double…

Our sponsored events of rounder’s matches, sumo wrestling and bouncing babies were complimented by chef Simon on the BBQ and also the debut gig of the Eyefulites…

I am also very pleased to say that we raised over £500 for our chosen charity Alzheimer’s Society!!!

A HUGE thank you to all who donated.

And we are not stopping there, if you would like to donate to this very worthy charity please just click here


September 17th, 2015 by Matt

During our numerous activities, such as presentation training, live webinars or even articles on this very blog, there is one particular question we get asked all the time…

Where can I get good stock images and graphics from?

rsz_1graphics_picThis is because we are always advising our customers on how to strengthen their presentation messages, how to make that slide or that message more easily digested and remembered by the audience.

Strong imagery is a great way to connect with your audience, using the right picture can set the tone and emotion of the presentation and likewise using the wrong imagery can harm this communication…

“Well-chosen images not only help demonstrate a point, they lock it into your audience’s psyche. The visual is often the key to them remembering and being able to share/act on your message; it acts as the synapse to recall.” Eyeful’s founder Simon Morton, The Presentation Lab

Images and graphics are a key building block in all presentations, but where do you get good ones?

When it comes to sourcing images, google images is NOT the best place to go due to the possibility of copyright infringement.

You don’t need to rely on search engine websites either, there are numerous free and paid websites out there with great quality imagery.

To save you from trawling around the web, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourites in a rather useful stock image guide, which we’ve broken into those that are free and those you have to pay for…


Don’t forget to bookmark the page for future reference and to vote for the site you think is most useful…

We raised how much for charity?!

September 16th, 2015 by Matt

rsz_1eyefulupalooza_polaroidsThis year’s annual Eyefulpalooza took place on Friday just gone and was a huge success.

Not only did the clouds part and provide a beautifully sunny day, but we also smashed our charity target by almost double…

Our sponsored events of rounder’s matches, sumo wrestling and bouncing babies were complimented by chef Simon on the BBQ and also the debut gig of the Eyefulites…

I am also very pleased to say that we doubled our original target by raising over £500 for our chosen charity The Alzheimer’s Society!!!

And we are not stopping there, if you would like to donate to this very worth charity please just click here



September 7th, 2015 by Matt

When you’ve worked so damn hard getting an audience to your online presentation, seeing people disconnect 1 by 1 is soul destroying…

You need to face it, you’re up against the big guns…

Outlook is on their other screen and the lure of Facebook on their phone is dragging your audience’s attention away…

The only person that can change this is you – you need to give a presentation that keeps your audience intrigued, interested and engaged right the way through.

Eyeful can help you do this.

Join Eyeful’s MD and acclaimed author of The Presentation Lab, Simon Morton, as he shares the trade secrets, the science and the new approaches through the 5 SIMPLE STEPS TO COMPLETELY HOOK YOUR ONLINE AUDIENCE on Thursday 10th September 2015 at 11am BST…


Learn how to apply new techniques for understanding & engaging your audience

Discover how to think beyond PowerPoint when preparing your online tools

Find out how to gauge the success of your online session against predetermined measures

All of this will inspire you to create online presentations that connect you with your audience and lead you to the results your hard work deserves.

To sign up for the webinar just click here


September 3rd, 2015 by Matt

Eyeful’s MD Simon Morton has been grilled live on the internet as a guest on iSpring’s Leadership Series. iSpring are a very well respected software company who create E-Learning and PowerPoint conversion software (we should know – we use it all the time).

It’s an inspiring series and if you want to create or deliver the best possible presentations, then this interview is for you.

Heat Map - CompressedSimon discusses some of the topics from his acclaimed book, The Presentation Lab which contains lots of concepts and ideas to help presenters get the best results from their presentations.

One such concept is the Audience Heatmap, which is used at the planning stage to make sure the presentation will connect and resonate with its audience. But what is an Audience Heatmap and how can you use it? Simon explains all.

The most important element of a successful presentation is the design, right? Wrong. Simon explains what is, so that you know, where exactly to focus your efforts.

There is lots of other practical examples of presentation do’s and don’ts as well as some of Simon’s favourite presentation innovations too.

All here to give you inspiration, ideas and help you create better presentations.