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QUICKSTARTER FOR POWERPOINT IS ALMOST UPON US

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by Matt<

Microsoft recently released their latest Office updates and sadly there was not much activity for PowerPoint presentation designers…

You might remember back in September we had news about a host of forthcoming PowerPoint features in PowerPoint’s Getting A Brand New Button…

Well, the only feature from that article that is arriving in the latest round of updates is The QUICKSTARTER feature for PowerPoint, but sadly this is only for Office Insider users.

This means for most PowerPoint users this feature is coming – but how soon is anybody’s guess.

If you are an Office Insider you should be able to use this great new feature now…

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We’ve often mused over how PowerPoint could be smarter in helping presenters with their structure and messaging, and it looks like Microsoft are finally getting the message, with the new QUICKSTARTER button in PowerPoint.

QUICKSTARTER for PowerPoint and Sway actually will, sort of, help you with the structuring of your presentation…
The theory is… you simply open up PowerPoint, click on the QUICKSTARTER button and then you can search for a topic. It suggests to “Search for a famous person or historical event”…

PowerPoint then searches the internet for related topics, you pick one and PowerPoint automatically suggests some starter slides with relevant content. You are then asked to select the ones you want to create your presentations structure…

…PowerPoint then automatically designs you some basic slides…


It all sounds very exciting…

Keep your eye on this blog, because when QUICKSTARTER does land, I’ll give it a full review and provide instructions on how to use it…

For now though, for most PowerPoint users, the anticipation goes on…

ARE 3D PRESENTATIONS THE (NEAR) FUTURE?

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Matt<

News has broken that a forthcoming update to Microsoft’s famous paint program, means that 3D presentations are on the horizon…

Now before everyone gets dizzy with excitement let’s hold our horses. Right now this is just news, the updates are ‘coming in early 2017’ and if other Microsoft PowerPoint updates are to go by such as Zoom and Presentation Designer, they won’t blow your socks off just yet.

But hey, let’s not get too downbeat. The business world is more than ready for this type of PowerPoint presentation design and if you really want to know how this will improve your presentations, then follow this blog.

We’ll test it out, figure out how it works and create an example of 3D used in business presentations.

As teaching kids how to do this on the latest Surface is all well and good, but if your PC is 5 years old and you’re as time poor as the rest of us, you’ll need to know how you can realistically use 3D…

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Is a warning to all! An average movie, shot in 3D ready for the initial wave of 3D movies back in 2009…

Stick a load of 3D content in your presentation might make you look cool for 5 minutes, but like with any other graphic, animation or video element in your presentation it needs to help tell your story and inspire the audience to follow your call to action – otherwise, what’s the point?!

I asked Eyeful’s CEO Simon Morton his thoughts on the matter and his thoughts were on the same lines as my own…

“Cool technology like this and HoloLens are exciting…but will only really have an impact when people see beyond the novelty and add value to their presentations because of it. How does 3D aid storytelling? Can this provide a deeper engagement with audiences because of enhanced understanding and not just their interest in the cool tech? Once we have the answers to this (and Eyeful is perfectly placed to explore the options and potential benefits), we can get truly excited. For the minute, it’s cool…but that’s as far as it goes…”

So for now enjoy the prospect of one day using elements of 3D to help share your presentation messages and when the time comes we’ll show you how it could make your presentations even better.

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…

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 MICROSOFT AND EYEFUL STORY

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 by Matt<

You might have heard over the last few weeks that Eyeful have joined forces with Microsoft to support their ‘Presentation Best Practice’ initiative

We’ve been suitably excited about this project.  Working so closely with the people behind the World’s most popular presentation software is a wonderful way of meeting our objective – finding new ways to rid the world of bad presentations.

To help Microsoft, we dipped into our suite of Think, Act and Deliver Differently training modules and created a rather useful series of online training videos and accompanying downloadable work sheets…

Think, Act and Deliver Differently is about fundamentally changing behaviours and typical approaches to presentations at each step of the presentation creation process…

Here’s Eyeful’s MD Simon Morton to tell you how it came about and just how you and your team’s presentations can be improved by the series:

The entire series of Think, Act and Deliver videos and worksheets are available right now on Microsoft’s website.

Be sure to check them out and start using them to improve your future presentations.  If you need any help along the way, you know where we are

THE STORY ABOUT HOW BAD PRESENTATIONS HAVE BECOME THE NORM

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Matt<

Bad presentations are everywhere. In auditoriums, boardrooms, meetings rooms and offices across the world, bad presentations have become the norm, despite our best efforts…

What constitutes a bad presentation?
Generally; they are bullet point ridden messes.  With countless slides overloaded with content, they have a lack of structure, focus obsessively on the presenter and their company whilst completely disregarding the audience and often lack the most obvious element; a call to action.

Think I’m being harsh? Since offering our free Presentation Healthcheck service, we’ve seen a worryingly high number of presentations that suffer from either all or some of the problems mentioned above.

What’s the impact of bad presentations?
In general, missed opportunities. Every time a presenter stands up in front of an audience, a lot of time, money and energy has been spent to generate that opportunity. A presenter turning up with a ‘bad’ presentation usually means the audience won’t follow the call to action (if there is one).

Worse than that, reputation can be irreparably damaged, both for the company presenting to the audience and back at base for the presenter and their boss.

It bad news all round.

How do bad presentations happen?
We have a theory (and please excuse the use of Comic Sans font – it’s supposed to be ironic)…

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Are people really staying up all hours, tinkering with their presentations at the last minute to try and make them better?

Sadly, yes.

It’s happening every day in the real world. It’s so widespread and well known that the world’s largest fast food chain has hooked into it in their latest TV advertising campaign…

Stuart is not a hero – he’s a pillock for leaving his presentation to the last minute. Working on your presentation late at night when you’re tired, leads to two things – an annoyed family and a bad presentation.

Someone should tell Stuart, “there is another way” and advise him to bookmark this URL.

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You see Microsoft, the people that brought you the world’s most popular presentation tool, have teamed up with Eyeful, the people who quite literally, wrote the book on the formula behind powerful presentations, The Presentation Lab

We’ve taken our years of experience and the expert thinking that underpins our modular presentation training and mixed them together.  The end result is a platform for a month long series of videos, Sways and thought provoking content to spur presenters on to Thinking, Acting and Delivering their presentations differently.

All to make sure that presenters like Stuart (and possibly you?) don’t fall into the trap of poor presentations impacting your next opportunity…or career…or family harmony.

Both you and your audience deserve better…