EYEFUL SMASH ANOTHER FUNDRAISING TARGET ON THE LONGEST DAY

June 22nd, 2017 by Matt

Wow! What a day yesterday was – it was the longest day of the year and we rammed it full of fundraising for our partner charity – Alzheimer’s Society.

The day started with everyone forming teams for another Eyeful Taskmaster event organised by Jack and Lorna…

We were put through our paces in a series of challenges such as See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Chain Reaction and Strong Arm Tactics!

Other fundraising included a ‘cob shop’ as Liz, Lloyd and Ross cooked and sold bacon rolls to Eyeful staff and all the other businesses in Desford Hall, selling a whopping 52 cobs! As well as a ‘bake sale’ by Vicki and Sam and a ‘sweet shop’ by Liz.

We absolutely smashed our target of £100, by raising almost £250! So well done Team Eyeful!

If you would like to make a small donation to our very worthy charity the Alzheimer’s Society, you can do so right here

WORLD MUSIC DAY 2017

June 21st, 2017 by Matt

Today is World Music Day 2017 and to celebrate our love of music, design and all-round creativity – we’ve created our own mini masterpiece. With graphics from our designer Phil, After Effects from our specialist Alex and music from project manager Ross’ band – this collaborative effort really shows what the Eyeful team is all about…

Phil also turned roving reporter as he decided to discreetly enquire about every Eyefulite’s first ever album purchase before designing our very own Hall of Shame!!!

Thank goodness, I lied when I told him that my first ever album was a cassette version (yes I am that old) of Queen – Live at Wembley 86. I’m not saying what it really was, but I dare say I would have made the leaderboard…

Finally, if you’re thinking adding music to your presentations – then we wholeheartedly agree that on the right type of presentation, (probably a rolling web video) it can certainly add to the emotion and help the flow of the presentation…

Here’s an example of a presentation about Eyeful, where music was essential to carry the tone and flow of this web video presentation…

If you need any advice on sourcing a royalty free piece of music for your presentation just get in touch…

 

Watch Out For A Rogue PowerPoint In Your Email

June 14th, 2017 by Olivia Walsh

In case you are not aware, there are reports of a rogue PowerPoint presentation that is being sent which you might receive via unsolicited email.

Opening the PowerPoint file itself is not dangerous, however the file has a slide with the text ‘Loading…Please wait’ which is secretly hyperlinked. Please do be careful because if you hover over the URL, a malicious code is automatically executed!

To make sure you don’t become the next victim of this attack, we have pulled together some best practice advice for keeping your computer safe…

First of all, make sure Protected View is enabled (it should by default). This allows you to open the file with a significantly reduced chance of infection. To check this is enabled on your computer, go to File, Options, Trust Center then click on the Trust Center Settings button. Once there, you need to select Protected View and ensure all the options are ticked.

It might sound obvious, but only open files from senders that you know or that seem genuine. If you think it is suspicious, do not open it and just delete it to be on the safe side.

And finally, the particular malware in question is being sent by someone with the alias Nasim Khan with the subject line “RE:Purchase orders #69812” or “Fwd:Confirmation“. The name of the file itself is ‘order&prsn.ppsx’, ‘order.ppsx’ or ‘invoice.ppsx’, which basically means the file will open in show mode whereas a normal PowerPoint file will have .ppt or .pptx as the extension.

Hopefully, you won’t need this advice, but if you do think your computer might have been infected or you are worried your security features might not be up to date, simply contact your IT support team in the first instance.

In the meantime, we will keep you updated if there are any developments on this rogue PowerPoint file…

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AND THE PRESENTATION LANDSCAPE

June 5th, 2017 by Matt

After the wonderful hot and sunny weather we’ve enjoyed in the UK over the past couple of weeks, it feels highly appropriate that today (World Environment Day) the weather should decide to turn grey, windy, cold and it be absolutely bucketing it down outside!

The only truly predictable thing about British weather is its unpredictability!

World Environment Day is about stopping for a moment, stepping outside and appreciating the beauty of our planet.

For us here at Eyeful, presentations are our world and in the same vein, if you have a presentation on the horizon, stop for a moment and think about your presentation environment. As it will probably fall under one of the categories below in The Presentation Landscape…


The Presentation Landscape is a fascinating concept from Eyeful founder Simon Morton’s critically acclaimed book, The Presentation Lab.

Your presentation delivery will sit in either the formal, interactive or informal area which helps you define what type of presentation your audience is going to respond to best.

Formal – Conferences, Board meetings, bids or pitches
Interactive – Demonstrations, Sales Scenarios and Exhibitions
Informal – Conversations with a business agenda

For example, if you’re meeting a prospect over a coffee the last thing they want you to do is halt the conversation, whip out a laptop and start delivering a formal presentation. It would ruin the flow and quite frankly, turn your them against you.

If you stop to think about your presentation environment in advance, you can prepare accordingly. The idea isn’t to limit yourself, it’s to get you to prepare your presentation for any environment you find yourself in.

It’s the presentation equivalent of checking the weather forecast and taking your raincoat and umbrella with you if heavy rain is expected.

If you’re presenting on a podium to 100 people, you would deliver your formal presentation. If you’re in a small meeting, you can let conversation drive where the presentation goes with an interactive toolkit presentation.

If you just take a moment to consider where you’re presenting and what kind of presentation is going to engage your audience best, you’re going to give your audience a much better experience than just rolling out the same one-size-fits-all presentation that most bad presenters do.

Just like the weather, presentation environments can be unpredictable too…

Yesterday morning I put the laundry out on the washing line with great confidence, before having to run outside and bring it all back in, less than an hour later!

In the same vein, I’ve attended meetings in the past that have turned into presentations. Sometimes you can expect a presentation to be one thing and it turns out to be another.

If you have your presentation prepped, practiced and ready for any presentation environment, then you’ll be as prepared as any day tripper who sets off in shorts and T-shirt, but has their coat, wellies and brolley in the boot – just in case!

And, let’s be honest – everyone knows it pays to prepare.

To find out more information about getting you ready to deliver anywhere on The Presentation Landscape, just give us a call on +44 (0)1455 826390 and speak to a presentation expert…

NATIONAL WALKING MONTH PODCAST: PRESENTATION OPTIMISATION, THE BEAUTY OF A PROCESS THAT WORKS

May 31st, 2017 by Matt

We conclude our National Walking Month podcast mini-series this week, with a close look at Eyeful’s tried and trusted Presentation Optimisation™ process, with Eyeful MD Rob Bailey.

Discover what happens in an Eyeful workshop, why presentations are storyboarded and get advice on how to tailor your presentations for your audience.

Grab your sunglasses (or your brolly), stick your headphones on and take a stroll as you listen in to this in-depth interview and get insight into how you could apply our process to your own presentations.

We hope that you have enjoyed this series of podcasts and we look forward to sharing more with you soon.

NATIONAL WALKING MONTH PODCAST: THE IMPORTANCE OF FOCUSING ON YOUR AUDIENCE

May 26th, 2017 by Matt

We continue our National Walking Month podcast mini series this week, with a dose of presentation best practice from Eyeful MD Rob Bailey.

In this week’s podcast Rob shares some seriously good advice on The Importance Of Focusing On Your Audience.

Find out what ‘blindingly obvious fact the majority of presenters completely miss’…

Why saying you don’t know your audience very well is a “a bit of a kop out”…

…and discover the audience ‘types’ that you can identify to help you profile your audience and create a presentation on their wavelength…

So, stick the kettle on, or if the sun is still shining, forward this blog’s URL to your smartphone and take a walk and absorb 10 minutes of great advice that will make a difference to your next presentation…

In the podcast Rob reference’s our Audience Heatmap Generator page which you can find a link to here.

PowerPoint is turning 30!

May 24th, 2017 by Matt

Please join us in wishing the world’s number one presentation tool a very happy birthday…

PowerPoint is turning 30!

Love it or loathe it, PowerPoint has created millions (probably billions) of presentations
since it was created in 1987, and it’s been one heck of a journey.

Find out where it all began and how PowerPoint became
the amazing tool it is today in our interactive timeline…

 

Bite-size Advice on Each Stage of the Presentation Process

May 22nd, 2017 by Matt

Last week it was Learning at Work Week. To mark this national event each day we shared lovely bite-sized pieces of presentation insight relating to every stage of the presentation creation process…

Audience

We started off with the most important part of any presentation – your audience. To help you focus your presentation on your audience, we shared our fantastic Audience Heatmap Generator. This is where you can generate some great insight into your own audience, as you receive an informative Audience Heatmap.  This offers some brilliant advice on what content is going to best encourage your audience to follow your call to action.

Structure

We shared our Key Message Headline presentation structure, which is a hugely popular communication structure widely used in journalism, education and business…

Story Visualisation

Eyeful’s presentation consultant Luke Riordan provided his views on why it’s important to start presentations on paper, whilst our key message visualiser Samantha Potter gave a lesson in storyboarding, in her guide to presentation visualisation.

PowerPoint PowerHacks

Our PowerPoint PowerHacks offered six of the best time saving tips our expert presentation designers live by every single day…

Presentation Delivery

We sat down with Eyeful MD Rob Bailey and recorded a podcast on his 5 Golden Rules for delivering more engaging presentations.

Presentation Leave-Behinds

We ended the week with a reminder that even when your presentation is over, it lives on in your audience’s mind. If you don’t support them with an effective presentation leave-behind, their memory could distort your key messages in all kind of ways… To help with this we shared 4 perfect presentation leave-behinds that will keep your message clear for any type of audience.

Visit our dedicated page and gain access to all of this great insight and give your next presentation a much higher chance of success…

REQUEST YOUR FREE* INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION

May 19th, 2017 by Matt

Interactive presentations are without a doubt one of the most powerful and versatile types of presentation available…

Most PowerPoint presentation designs are linear, they start on slide 1 and the presenter clicks through slide by slide until the end of the presentation. This is absolutely fine for a traditional lecture style presentation, however doesn’t allow for audience interaction.

An interactive presentation has a form of navigation not dissimilar to a website. Usually with either a menu slide or a pop-out menu that allows you to jump straight to the slides you wish to deliver.

Useful for repeat delivery of formal presentations…

If you deliver the same presentation over and over again, and find yourself removing slides or moving their order each time you present… well, bravo for tailoring your presentation to your audience, but you might not need to.

You could simply create one main presentation that you tailor as you present. This is where you would use interactive navigation to dip into hidden content if that’s where the topic of conversation goes…

If you don’t want to talk about something, you would simply avoid clicking on the link and carry on through the presentation.

As if you have 3 topics on a menu slide and you only want to present the detail of one of those. Then you can click on the one you want to talk about and jump straight to the slides relating to it, before returning to the menu. Then just move on through the presentation ignoring the subjects you don’t want to go into.

Useful in informal meetings…

Useful is an understatement. If you are heading into a one to one sales meeting with a prospect the last thing you want to be doing is firing up a laptop, loading up a linear PowerPoint and forcing your conversation down a pre-determined route.

Natural conversations ebb and flow in different directions. What you need for this type of engagement is an interactive presentation on a tablet device. This allows you and your prospect to discuss anything that they wish to. You can support your responses by easily jumping to the supporting set of slides.

Useful as a presentation leave-behind…

Some presenters print their slides out and leave them with their audience. However, slides that lack the context of the presenter run the risk of confusing the audience, which is not a good prospect if a key decision maker is reviewing your presentation after the event.

Interactive presentations allow you to build the presenters context into the presentation, meaning the same file that the presenter delivered can be shared with the audience after the event, without any loss of context.

The presentation itself works exactly as the original with the presenter’s words becoming available at the click of a button as per this example…

Create your next presentation interactive free of charge…

The next time we create a presentation for you, we’ll make it rich with interactivity at no extra cost. Check out our dedicated presentation leave-behind page or simply give us a call on +44 (0)1455 826390 for more details…
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NATIONAL WALKING MONTH PODCAST: THE IMPORTANCE OF STEPPING AWAY

May 12th, 2017 by Olivia Walsh

May is National Walking Month, with 15th-19th being Walk to School Week for the parents among you.

As Europe’s leading presentation design agency we think walking and presentations go hand in hand.

Our CEO Simon Morton books a weekend off every year to go on a walking weekend, we’ve held management meetings in the great outdoors and who can forget the Eyeful charity trek over Dartmoor a few years ago!?

We love walking for a very simple reason, getting away from your everyday work environment and giving yourself chance to think about things and get a little clarity and perception is priceless – it’s probably our single biggest tip when it comes to preparing a presentation too…

We always advise anyone preparing a presentation to…

“Step away – grab a coffee, go for a walk, or find an empty room – anything that’s going to get you thinking about your presentation in a slightly different way.” – Rob Bailey, Managing Director, Eyeful Presentations.

If you have a presentation on the horizon, stick your work shoes into a bag, grab your most comfortable trainers and walk to work…

If that’s not practical, step away from your desk and simply head outside and take a walk this lunchtime…

To keep you company while you walk, Rob Bailey is releasing weekly podcasts with some expert presentation advice that’s perfect to take on board as you are walking…

To listen to today’s tip, just click play below and the podcast will automatically stream…