Archive for the ‘Presentation Innovation’ Category

MUSIC: THE POWERPOINT REMIX

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Matt<

Some people do some really odd things with PowerPoint…

I know of presentations created for wedding speeches (complete with inappropriate images of the groom), there have been presentations at funerals and not so long ago I designed my new bathroom in PowerPoint!

Now, we have come across a website entitled Music: The PowerPoint Remix…

It seems that the author has had a bit of fun reinterpreting the stories of songs, through the flexibility of PowerPoint.

Gangsta’s Paradise, Billie Jean, Brown Eyed Girl and Teen Spirit to name but a few…

 

We like to have fun and innovate with PowerPoint too, adding our design take as we reimagine the story.

Here’s our designer Phil’s PowerPoint version of a classic…

Mind you, we do have some of the world’s best presentation designers…

So, if you would like to recreate your company’s message into a powerful presentation story with outstanding design (equally as good, but perhaps a little toned back from Phil’s gem), then please do get in touch…

ARE YOUR AUDIENCES THE WALKING DEAD?

Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Matt<

Murmured groans, heavily glazed eyes and a slow stagger, yep, sadly most presentation audiences could be mistaken for the start of the zombie apocalypse…

Now, I love Zombies! Just not in my presentation audience!

Being a huge fan of The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and Z Nation has never been more appropriate…

The latest season of TWD has just started and at the end of this week we celebrate the Day of the Dead in the form of Halloween…

So what better time to show off our designer Phil’s homage to TWD’s opening credits…

I’m sure you’ll agree the artistic design that’s gone into this example is simply stunning and if our designers can knock up something this good in their spare time – just think what they could do to your presentation?

It’s not the first time our presentation designers have a had little fun with Film & TV work either, as they regularly use their favourite shows and movies as inspiration for their innovation projects…

Like I say these fantastic videos were all created using strong storytelling skills, high level artistic design talent and some serious PowerPoint presentation design ability.

So to save your audience from becoming the walking dead, get in touch with Eyeful and let our experts bring new life to your presentations…

3 BIG PRESENTATION NO NOS FOR 1 VERY GOOD REASON

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Matt<

An email from a colleague hit my inbox the other day asking me for some ideas on what we could do to help a potential customer with their web presentation…

I clicked the link, Chrome loaded the URL and there in front of me was a standard click-through presentation. Metaphorically speaking, the palm of my right hand smashed into my forehead as presentation alarm bells rang aloud…

No number 1…
Don’t not upload linear click-through presentations to the internet and expect to get any traction off the back of them. What are presenters hoping to achieve here? I’ve just finished a webinar or a meeting, so here you go…here are my slides…No, people.

No number 2…
Don’t just email presentations to your audience. The risk of leaking confidential material is one thing, but do you really expect them read to it? No, they won’t.

No number 3…
Don’t print your presentation out and hand it out as a leave behind. This happens. A lot. I see so many presentations arriving for a Presentation Healthcheck that are overloaded with so much content that a live audience wouldn’t stand a chance…The reason presentation designers have done this? “…but the printout won’t make any sense without all of the content on the slides” No, they are missing the point.

Why so harsh?
Look, we know that an enormous amount of hard work goes into creating presentations, that’s why this presentation design company exists. All of this hard work can mean that it’s tempting for presenters to create a set of slides that covers all bases, but actually ends up being ineffective over all formats.

Unfortunately, this approach seems to have become acceptable – to present text-heavy slides, print minimalist slides with no context, or just email an enormous data-heavy presentation because hey, ‘it’ll do’.

Well it won’t do any more.

You can’t just send, upload or share a PowerPoint Presentation which is designed to be delivered by a presenter, because it just wouldn’t make any sense without the presenter’s input to put the whole thing into context.

Context is king…

You know what? Sharing your presentation content isn’t wrong, it’s just the way it’s being done that is misguided.

So here’s our thoughts on what you should be doing…

Online Presentations
Maybe you have a presentation about one of your products which you want to share on the relevant webpage of your site. Great idea, but the presenter still needs to give the audience the full picture.

The easiest way to do this is to turn your presentation into a video, complete with narration from the presenter…providing the all-important context for each slide…

Here’s a presentation we turned into a video for our homepage…

This is great for website visitors, but you could also host this video presentation on a hidden web page and share the link with the people you’ve just presented to. In this way, they (or important people who couldn’t attend) can dip back into your presentation after the event.

Email Presentations
Suddenly your video presentations can also be powerful marketing assets too. You can use them in your campaigns by including a thumbnail in your email which hyperlinks back to the page where your video is hosted. A great way to re-use your presentation and a great way to drive traffic to your website.

Here’s a presentation we created for an email marketing campaign to Creative Agencies…

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The more traditional way of creating a printed leave behind is still effective, but a better way to approach this is for you to reformat your existing PowerPoint presentation design into an A4 document with the presenter’s words as copy.

Then print and bind this professionally; as not only do you get to reuse all of the hard work that went into your presentation, your audience gets full context and the designed document gives you an even greater professional image too…

Here’s an extract from one of our training presentations where the slide graphics have been recreated as a PDF…

 

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This is our brand new presentation concept where we could create you a single all-encompassing PowerPoint file, complete with strong messages and great minimalist design that the presenter can stand and deliver. But the very same file can be printed or hosted online and shared via email too.

As built into the design of each slide would be a ‘more information’ button which gives access to the presenters copy similar to this example…

 

Go forth and share…

So now you know what not to do, why you shouldn’t do it and what you can do instead! So go for it, make your hard work, work even harder…

If you need any help, you know where we are…

BREAKING NEWS: POWERPOINT VS PREZI THE (INTERACTIVE) GLOVES ARE OFF

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Matt<

About 6 weeks ago we reported on the release of Prezi for Business (Prezi’s latest version specifically for business presentations) and that one of their major new features was interactivity. In a nutshell, the new version gave presenters the ability to jump to specific content at the click of a mouse thus allowing them to tailor their content live during an engagement. Happy days.

Well, the breaking news from Microsoft is that they too have made interactivity a focus with the release of a new function within PowerPoint 365, ZOOM…

Let’s get one thing straight…
Interactivity in PowerPoint presentation designs is nothing new to us here at Eyeful. Custom Shows hark back to the days of PowerPoint 2003 and for over a decade we’ve been championing this amazing way to navigate presentations…

That said, what Zoom seems to do is give the custom show function a much needed refresh. It’s been around for 13 years, it’s an over complicated and clunky way to set up interactivity and an upgrade was much needed…

So kudos to Microsoft for listening to their users and continuing to push PowerPoint to new levels of usability.

What’s new…
The new menu pulls up the thumbnail of the slides in the deck allowing you to quickly and easily select the slides you want to jump to…

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It then automatically generates the thumbnails on your slide, which are hyperlinked to jump (or zoom) you to those sections while your presenting. Neat.

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What’s even neater is the ‘zoom’ bit, as when you click on the thumbnail, PowerPoint zooms you into it, taking you to the slide in one seamless flow of movement. We’re guessing that this pulls on the Morph transition we reported on some time ago…

Fundamentally there is absolutely nothing here that you couldn’t do before. It’s just the process of setting all of this up is massively streamlined and simplified. Previously it would have been a pretty time consuming, not to mention complicated affair.

Why this is good for your business presentations…
What’s really great about Zoom isn’t actually the functionality it brings, it’s the way the feature will raise the profile of interactive presentations to the wider business presentation world.

Alex Warwick, one of Eyeful’s senior presentation designers had this to say…

“I think it’s another great example of Microsoft being innovative and giving users the functionality to make the most of an ever-changing presentation landscape. Microsoft are realising the power of presenting on different platforms to different audiences and not just in a linear way in big rooms. For a designer, the morph tool was a masterpiece but this tool will be much more impactful to engage with audiences. The interactivity that PowerPoint has provided in the past has been invaluable and this tool takes it another, much easier to use step forward. I cannot wait to train our clients with these new features, they will love it.”

Alex Warwick, Senior Presentation Designer & Trainer, Eyeful Presentations

Eyeful’s concept, The Presentation Landscape is proof that presentations don’t only happen in formal environments such as boardrooms and auditoriums…

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With communication over coffee and meetings that require as much input from the audience as the presenter, interactivity gives the power back to the presenter to go with the flow and discuss and share only the slides and content that’s most relevant to the audience in the room.

This is a really powerful element for presenters and anything that increases the awareness of interactive presentations and makes it easier to implement, is no bad thing in our book.

If you’d like to learn more about all of the latest PowerPoint features and how they could help enhance your business presentations, check out our presentation training page, where we could customise an advanced PowerPoint training course for your exact needs…

3 INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Matt<

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Eyeful’s presentation designers are the best in the business. If you’ve not yet been lucky enough to have one of them work on your presentation, then you are really missing out.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “yeh, sure, whatever… you’re a marketing person and you have to say that…”

Well yes you are correct – however, I ain’t telling any porkies. These guys (and gals) turn boring bullet point ridden PowerPoints into outstanding pieces of graphic design.

Here’s a quick example of a rather splendid corporate presentation they’ve created to prove it!

And they don’t just stick to PowerPoint, occasionally we let them loose on what we call innovation projects, which is where we give them the vaguest of briefs and let them loose on it with a free abandonment that they just don’t get when working within corporate guidelines.

GIF’S ARE GREAT

Helen for example has been experimenting with GIF’s and if you’re familiar with this rather fascinating file format you’ll know it’s never been a more popular format than it is today. As a GIF is actually an image that animates – yep, this juxtaposition of a file format is what the adverts you see all over the internet have been created in – here’s one of our own Helen made earlier:

And it was these re-marketing ads that inspired Helen to experiment:

I’ve been working on lots of marketing GIF banners for Eyeful, so I decided to try to find a way to make them smoother, more complex and quicker to produce…

Looking at the results I’d say Helen succeeded!

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Truth be told there isn’t a massive need for GIF’s inside business presentations, but there are options worth considering. As you could broadcast your presentation’s strong sticky messaging in the form of a web advert that is in line with your company’s branding.

WORDS ‘IN’ PICTURES

Next up is some artistic innovation that could definitely help take your presentation to a new level as Paula has been experimenting with image based typography…

I was keen to experiment with typography and image elements as they are both heavily used in many presentations. I wanted to see how I could manipulate aspects of them to create innovative artwork that could make an impression on a presentation’s audience.

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Paula was excited about the prospect of using this style of image and text treatment in future presentations.

I really think this style would be great featured as a title or divider slide in larger presentations. We could easily utilise a client’s image library and corporate font to create these. We could even implement animation where the image could build up around the typography or vice versa.

VERY COOL VIDEO

We round off this innovation inspired blog with a beautifully stylized video by Ed which was created solely in PowerPoint…

I wanted to stretch my knowledge on using PowerPoint as a video creation tool whilst trying to create a flowing story about working with Eyeful.

Ed too was keen to use this on a client presentation!

Businesses could use this as a promotional/marketing video to show off what they can offer to clients and also show them how the operations work within their company.

So there you have it 3 very different types of innovation creations, I hope they open your eyes a little as to what’s possible when it comes to business presentations and corporate messaging.

If we can help at all, you know where we are…

HOW TO USE MORPH

Thursday, 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!

 

Merry Christmas You Tubers

Thursday, 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

The new way to ensure your presentation is up to scratch

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Matt<

Over the past 10 years, we’ve performed hundreds if not thousands of Presentation Healthchecks.

This is our (now) completely free service, where our seasoned presentation experts thoroughly review your presentation and provide honest feedback on what works, what doesn’t and what to do about it (with or without our help).

But our presentation is just fine”, we hear you cry…

Really?

With the constant change in technology and business, your once powerful presentation can quickly become out of date, in terms of its tone, message and structure.

Couple that with the fact that just 28% of business presentations are actually regularly reviewed and the reality scenario is a little more than alarming.

The Eyeful Healthcheck is your easy way to make sure your presentation stays on target.

It’s a well established service – and it’s just got better… Eyeful Presentations proudly present: the all new Presentation Healthcheck 2.0.

Step 1- Getting To Grips With Your Audience
The process now begins online, simply fill in our short online form, which will give us all the information we need to create you a high level Audience Heatmap.

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This powerful piece of audience analysis will identify your audiences profile in the areas of Factual, Visionary or Emotional types of people (it first came to light in our founder’s acclaimed book, The Presentation Lab).

You dismiss your audience and its profile at your peril. Showing up and delivering the same tone of presentation to a range of different audiences is a recipe for disaster. It’s the equivalent of booking the same entertainment for a bachelor party and the subsequent wedding reception. These are clearly two different audiences who require two different types of engagement.
Simon Morton, The Presentation Lab

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Step 2 – Maximising Your Presentation Potential
Eyeful have been working with companies large and small across the globe for over a decade, over this time we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t across all manner of different business presentations.

The Healthcheck allows us to firmly and honestly advise you on how to focus your presentation, in terms of structure, tone and objectives, to make sure it really connects with your audience on their terms.

We don’t just advise on content… Because we look beyond the slides, we can advise on you on the best tools and technology to use (Breaking News – PowerPoint and a projector aren’t the best solution for all occasions).

After you’ve submitted your audience information, you’ll be directed to an online file transfer site, where you can upload your presentation and send it to us securely and easily.

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Step 3 – Into The Lab
Presentation experts with years of experience will then check your presentation thoroughly against your Audience Heatmap and advise where your presentation can be improved…

We’ll provide this in the form of a comprehensive report – detailing strengths and weaknesses and a benchmark against your market and audience type.

We’ll also provide a detailed “Action plan” with recommendations on how to improve your presentation and take it to the next level…
Healthcheck Stack for blogThen it’s up to you…

Follow our fiercely honest feedback and you’ll be on the road to giving presentations that get you the results you deserve for doing everything you can to deliver a great presentation…

What have you got to lose?

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

Tuesday, 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.

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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!

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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…