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VIDEO TUTORIAL: HOW TO MAKE AN INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION WITH ZOOM

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Matt<

I recently wrote about the power of interactive presentations and how presenters can use this style of presenting to keep their audiences engaged…

This is a really useful approach in boardroom environments on a medium to large size screen, or really powerful on something like an iPad for those small intimate meetings.

And there’s a brand new feature in PowerPoint 2016 called Zoom that can help you turn your presentations into interactive conversational pieces…

So here’s a little free advanced PowerPoint training tutorial on how it works and a bit of a review of Zoom to boot…

One final thing to remember is that Zoom is only available on devices running the very latest version of PowerPoint 2016, which is available through Office 365.

If you have an older version of PowerPoint, don’t be disheartened as it’s still possible to make your presentation’s fully interactive in all versions of PowerPoint, just get in touch to find out how we could help with this…

THE EASY WAY TO KEEP YOUR MEETING AUDIENCE INTERESTED

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Matt<

Since the dawn of presentations, speakers have been looking at ways to keep their audience awake and engaged…

Vibrating seats didn’t have the desired effect…

Inbuilt Microsoft sound effects didn’t impress…

And the contamination of break-time tea pots with questionable stimulants was severely frowned upon…

Presenters needed a new way to keep their audiences tuned in to their talk.

As it turned out, talking seemed to do the trick.

Not me talk, you listen though. The key to keeping audiences interested is through interactive conversation where the presenter and audience can talk openly and freely, letting conversations flow naturally.

The problem with normal presentations…

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. Which doesn’t exactly go hand in hand with a conversational style approach…

Take a sales meeting as a prime example, it’s beyond awful when the sales person in this type of engagement pulls out a laptop, connects it to a portable projector and starts ploughing through mind-numbing irrelevant content with no appreciation of their audience’s flagging interest.

As soon as a presenter loses an audience in this way, it’s game over.

The answer is an interactive presentation…

An interactive presentation is different because you can set up your PowerPoint presentation to work like a website with hyperlink navigation…

Make your presentation interactive and deliver it on a tablet device and now you’re talking… literally.

This approach allows you to have a completely natural conversation with the prospect and when a new customer problem arises, you can use the interactive navigation to quickly get to the relevant solution and use the specific content to help you sell your product or service.

An offline, fully interactive presentation isn’t just the ultimate sales tool, it’s the guaranteed way of keeping your meeting audience engaged and in tune with your presentation.

Imagine for a moment you are the audience in 2 meetings…

Presenter 1 stops chatting and kills the conversation by connecting a laptop to a projector and proceeds to talk at you about content that’s not even of interest until they get the part that is…

But presenter 2, pulls out a tablet and carries on the conversation showing you the only the services and products that are going to solve your problems.

An interactive presentation just like the one here which our own sales team use every day…

Go ahead and have a click around…

Which experience would keep you engaged and focussed?

Look out for my next article, next week as I’ll be explaining How To Make An Interactive Presentation With PowerPoint’s New Tool Zoom…

Or we can give you the full lowdown on how to make presentation tools like PowerPoint and Prezi sing, just check out our brand new Presentation Technology training day…

TIME TO GET YOUR GEEK ON… ANNOUNCING THE PRESENTATION TECHNOLOGY LAB

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by Matt<

If you’ve ever worked on a presentation into the late hours, with stress levels rising and motivation getting lower and lower, which eventually leads to a deep everlasting feeling of…

“I HATE [insert here the name of any presentation technology that drives you insane]”

Then you’d be joining a pretty big club! It’s also why we are very happy to announce our brand new training course, The Presentation Technology Lab…

This is the place to get a little technology rehab from our expert consultants and amazing presentation designers.

In the Lab you’ll be able to forget your frustrations and make presentation software such as PowerPoint and Prezi work for you, not against you, as we reveal and demystify the latest technology.

Like all of our presentation training, this course is about getting you to Think, Act and Deliver Presentations Differently…

THINK

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Open your mind with sage advice and industry insight from an Eyeful consultant who’ll start off the day by putting technology into perspective with The Presentation Landscape.

Understanding the differing requirements of formal, informal and interactive presentations will really help you to choose the most appropriate technology for each presenting environment.

This crucial building block will give you a completely fresh approach to creating your presentations in the future.

ACT

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We’ll give you the keys to the world’s two best presentation creation technologies, PowerPoint and Prezi, as an Eyeful Prezi expert provides the insider knowledge on how to develop the most engaging presentation (without overdoing the zoom).

You’ll also receive advanced PowerPoint training from a senior presentation designer, who’ll reveal their top ten PowerPoint Powertips… which are the tricks and techniques they’ve discovered over years of designing presentations for some of the world’s biggest brands.

DELIVER

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Once you’ve mastered how to build great presentations, we’ll show you how to share them securely across your organisation with our trusted cloud management platform…

Before finally putting the best presentation delivery technology into your hands… as you learn how to make presenting easier and more effective with tech like iPads, Clickers and Smartphone Apps – you’ll learn what’s best and what’s best avoided…

The Presentation Technology Lab isn’t just a presentation geek-fest…. it’s about learning the best technology available, the right time to use it and how to make it work to your advantage.

If you’d like to discover the secrets that make Eyeful Europe’s leading presentation agency, then book into The Presentation Technology Lab here…

THE 3 MUST HAVE PRESENTATION APPS FOR YOUR NEW IPHONE 7

Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Matt<

So, here we are again… today is the day (if you got up really early and queued) that you can get your hands on the new iPhone 7 (Android user’s stay with me)…

So what’s new?

In a nutshell the headphone socket has gone, but it now has Stereo Speakers that are better, louder… and much quicker at draining your battery. Which should be fine, as it has a longer battery life of 10 days… unless you actually use it. For anything.

It’s now water (but not toddler) resistant.

It has two new colours of jet black and erm, black. What happened to Space Grey?

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CREDIT: APPLE

Thankfully 16GB of storage is gone – so never again will you need to delete a photo in order to take another one, and if you are really snap happy there is a 256GB version.

And of course it has a faster processer….

(I love this video, it’s the kind of seriously cool thing we do regularly for our customers.)

Ok, so you potentially have your mitts on a sparkly, new iPhone 7…how can you use this to your advantage when it comes to presentations?

Well it turns out there are some seriously good (iOS and Android friendly) apps out there that can help…

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PowerPoint – The App for Delivering Intimate Presentations…

When it comes to presentations on Apple phones and tablets, the arrival of the PowerPoint app was the single biggest game changer for device presentations we’ve ever seen.

The PowerPoint app meant we could finally ditch complicated workarounds and heralded the true birth of informal presentations. Finally, presenters could leave their clunky laptops at the office, and enjoy truly interactive and informal conversational presentations.

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Splashtop – The App for complete presenter control over big screen presentations

I like this app a lot; firstly it turns your device into a second (albeit smaller) PC monitor, which is handy in itself.

But when it comes to presenting you can use Presenter View…

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Which means your iPhone or iPad turns into complete control centre for your presentation slides…

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This means you don’t need a clicker, you don’t need extra paper notes, you don’t need to keep
looking at the clock and you don’t need a PowerPoint operator to click on hyperlinks for you.

All of this means this is the only way a presenter can retain full control of their presentation and keep the freedom to move around the stage. Cool eh?

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Office Lens – The App for WhiteBoard Presentations

Whiteboard presentations are great way to deliver information in a more interactive way than traditional screen-based presentations.

But of course you face the age old problem of carting away large sheets of paper, having the audience draw along with you or someone lining up to take photos.

Microsoft’s Office Lens app though is a great way to capture whiteboards…

You take a photo using the app, no need to spend time lining up as the app scans what you’re taking and straightens it out.

You keep snapping away until the end of the presentation, then in one-touch you can save all of your images to OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, PDF or even Outlook – so you can share them with your audience right away.

You could also turn your pages into a video with a commentary using Apples iMovie all on your iPhone 7!

Powerful stuff.

So there you have it, 3 must-have presentation apps for your new iPhone 7 (or Android). We’d love to hear about your experiences if you use any of these apps, just drop us a line…

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRESENTATION SOFTWARE

Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Matt<

For so long presentation designers and presenters across our fine land have relied on one tool to create and deliver their presentations – PowerPoint.

And a great tool it is. But there are lots of presentation software available, PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi and lots of different type of presentations; formal, interactive, video, device presentations… the list is endless.

Thankfully Simon Morton (presentation expert and CEO of this presentation design company) discusses all the presentation tools available and when to use them in his latest interview with Sticky Marketing’s Grant Leboff…

If presentation tech is your thing, keep your eye out for an upcoming blog revealing the 3 must have presentation apps for your new iPhone 7…
Until then, if you need any help with your presentations just get in touch…

TECH SEASON – THE BEST TECH FOR YOUR SALES TEAM

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Matt<

We continue Eyeful’s Tech Season this week and look at a scenario where you could use the presentation landscape to your advantage when planning and preparing for your presentation.

Scenario #3: A Sales Presentation To Be Distributed To An Entire On The Road Sales Team

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This is a common type of presentation and one that requires thinking ahead more than any other.

As always start at stage 4 and work backwards, put your audience at the forefront of you mind. Let’s imagine your team are sales representatives in company cars who attend small sales meetings with prospects in varying locations.

Usually in the prospects office, with 1 maybe 2 people whilst having a coffee. This puts us in the Informal segment.

Also, time is critical, the more important the prospect the less time you have, so this must be considered at the presentation creation stage.

Into stage 3, what piece of hardware are they going to use?

With a small office, a small audience and probably very limited time, your prospect isn’t going to appreciate waiting while a laptop and a projector are set up, before being taken through the bog standard company sales presentation.

It’s time to create and deliver smarter presentations.

A web presentation can be useful for access on the road, but be very careful not to rely on someone else’s internet connection and always, always have an offline back-up.

A smartphone is ok, if the screen is big enough. But on the whole they aren’t, even an iPhone 6+ with its gigantor screen is a bit on the small side compared to a full size iPad.

The best piece of tech here is the tablet, an iPad or Samsung Galaxy being the most popular devices.

Overall in the situation described, your sales teams two main weapons are their conversation skills and a tablet presentation that has interactive navigation.

I mentioned earlier that time in these type of meetings can be on the low side. So does your prospect really want to know every little detail about your company?

Well, they might, maybe they want to get into the nitty gritty of your products before finding out more about you ethos and reputation.

This is where interactive navigation is your best friend, forget the old fashioned click through presentations where you have to ask them to hang on a sec while you skip through all the ‘about us’ slides.

A menu with interactive navigation will allow the sales person to start the conversation, assess then and there where it’s going and tap effortlessly to the areas the prospect wants to talk about.

This gives the prospect an element of control and the sales person the flexibility and the power to go with it.

I really hope you’ve found this Tech Season scenario useful and that you can put the Presentation Landscape into good use on your presentations in the future.

If you need any help with anything though, you know where we are.

Eyeful’s MD Simon Morton Reveals Some Of The Secrets Behind Great Presentations

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Matt<

Hold everything and enter the following in your Outlook reminder…

Wednesday 26th August 2015 – 3pm GMT

Eyeful’s MD Simon Morton is getting grilled live on the internet as the next guest in 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 will be discussing 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 will explain all.

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

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

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

It would be a real shame for any serious presenters to miss out, so sign up here and enjoy the interview on anything from your PC to your iPad.

Look forward to seeing you there…

Tech Season – The Presentation Landscape Scenario #1

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Matt<

In last week’s Tech Season we explored the fascinating concept that is the Presentation Landscape.

To recap, the Landscape can actually be used as a rather handy tool to help you give your audience and end presentation environment some well needed due care and attention.

And to put this into context we’ve created three differing presentation scenarios to show how you could use the landscape when preparing presentations.

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Scenario 1: A Large Corporate Event Presentation

The first thing to do is to look at the outer ring and consider the environment you are presenting in.

In this instance the presentation is taking place in a large auditorium, to an audience of hundreds of people with little audience interaction.

So in the outer segment you would be clearly sitting in the Formal segment.

Then working inwards, you can choose from the relevant presentation delivery tools and choose the best one for your specific audience.

For example, a Large Screen would be the right option to deliver to a large audience.

Now you know what the final output is you can easily choose the best tool to create your supporting visuals with.

Typical presentation tools in this formal area are PowerPoint, Prezi, or Keynote – with PowerPoint being the most likely choice.

One thing to always remember if you’re creating PowerPoint slides for a large event, the AV company running the stage will probably be running the presentations in 16×9 format – but you never know, so always check before creating any presentation collateral.

Then make sure that everyone in your company who is responsible for creating slides has been briefed to create them in the same ratio and using the same template.

The last thing you want to be doing right before a large event is trying to convert everybody’s slides into the same ratio and template.

If you need any help with planning your presentations for a large event, please do just give us a call.

We are well versed in pulling together multiple presentations into one large, visually stunning, perfectly consistent and formatted presentation.

In fact you could say, Eyeful are the aspirin to your event headache!

We’ll have another presentation scenario example soon and stand by for more Tech Season articles.

If in the meantime you have a presentation to give and feel some expert advice may be in order, then just give us a ring on 0845 056 8528.

Tech Season – The Presentation Landscape

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Matt<

In this week’s Tech Season we look at a concept called the Presentation Landscape.

The Presentation Landscape is a fascinating concept that Eyeful’s founder Simon Morton came up with after spending many years working with customers and helping them to create more effective presentations.

It is a concept I absolutely love because it un-muddies the waters around presentations and the technology used to either create or deliver them.

And that is an important distinction to make here. The technology you use to create your presentation will not necessarily be the technology used to deliver it.

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So, where do you start?

Newsflash – Presentations do not start by opening up PowerPoint. Those that do, are the presentations you hate giving and hate receiving even more.

The technology that would be used to create and deliver the end presentation is not where a presentation begins. It’s not an afterthought but a consideration for further down the line.

So you need to put the tech on hold and think long and hard about your audience, your message and your content.

The creation sequence is in 4 stages:

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Let’s assume you have read The Presentation Lab book, or at least our recent Story Season and thus you have considered your audience and worked out your message and story you intend to deliver.

If this isn’t clear to you, hold at this point and talk to Eyeful – our consultants are presentation messaging experts.

After stages 1 & 2 are ready, you actually just for a moment need to jump ahead to stage 4 and consider your live presentation environment and situation.

Your presentation delivery will sit in either the formal, interactive or informal area of the presentation landscape and it’s this which defines what the software and hardware options are.

Ignore this and you could end up presenting to ten people on a tablet device, sitting down over a coffee with a single prospect and pulling out a laptop and a projector. This isn’t just awkward – it’s plain daft.

So look at the landscape and choose the best and most relevant delivery software which then indicates what creation software you should use.

You can now get cracking on your support visuals.

So there you have it – the presentation landscape in all its glory. Use it wisely, keep it in a safe place and share it widely with colleagues who continually get their presentation technology confused.

If you haven’t already do follow this blog as we release more and more articles for tech season. This week we are releasing more blogs with examples of where differing presentation scenarios might sit on the landscape.

And next week we will start on the technology… there will be software reviews, technological tips and even a look at alternative technology such as using a phone to control PowerPoint.

And if you have any technical questions please feel free to ASK MATT! Just drop me a message at the bottom of this blog post and I’ll get back to you.

Or if you have a presentation to give and need some expert advice for any stage of the process just pick up the phone and give us a ring on 0845 056 8528.

Tech Season is Open

Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Matt<

After the excellent feedback we received for our recent blog series, Story Season, it got us thinking about the next logical thing to talk about that will help folk’s like you on the path to better more effective presentations…

And the next logical step? Technology!

PowerPoint has come in for some serious bashing over the years, phrases like ‘Death by PowerPoint’ and ‘PowerPoint is evil’ have been bandied about – some organisations have even banned PowerPoint.

I have my own thoughts on the small orange one and I’ll save these for later in Tech Season.

But if PowerPoint is so bad, let’s find out what else is out there and if there truly is a better option?

And that’s just talking about presentation production software, I’m not stopping there!

Over the next few months I’m going to be going into geek overdrive, I’ll be digging out new programs, apps, tools – any kind of technology that I can get my hands on that might help improve and make your presentation life a bit easier – from creating to standing up and presenting – I’ll thoroughly test them out and review their usefulness for you, I’m going to geek it up big time!

Tech Season kicks off properly next week with an introduction to the Presentation Landscape, which will give you a full understanding of where technology sits when it comes to presentations. It might sound like the be all and end all, but technology only plays one or two parts in the presentation process.

So keep an eye out for this one, or drop us a comment below and sign up to be alerted to new blogs, as this information you don’t want to miss. If you can’t wait for the next blog to decide which piece of tech you should be using for your presentation just give us a call, we’d love to talk to you.