Archive for the ‘Prezi’ Category

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…

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…

Pure PowerPoint or Prezi Training Doesn’t Work

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Simon Morton<

Since we relaunched our portfolio of training services a year ago, Eyeful trainers have never been so busy. Timing may play a part in it – a recent study by IDC showed that communication skills and proficiency in software like PowerPoint are top of the ‘must have’ list for businesses today.

Never ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, our trusty team have been wowing delegates with a range of presentation skills and insider tricks both here in the UK and overseas.

Feedback has been great, repeat business has gone through the roof and the Air Miles have been building very nicely. So far, so as per the business plan for this presentation design company…

Yet there are a few things that have surprised us along the way. In particular, one interesting lesson learned has been around our technical training suite (collectively known as ‘Presentation Technology’ – training people purely on how to do more in PowerPoint or Prezi doesn’t work.

Of course, after some consideration this is blindingly obvious… Making someone more efficient at creating meandering and complex presentations does nothing other than creating more time for PowerPoint jockeys to fill more and more slides with content clutter (albeit beautifully aligned and colour scheme compliant content clutter).

Nope – to make technical Prezi or advanced PowerPoint training powerful, the new skills need to be put into context.

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Our training arch shows the journey from start to finish every good presentation should go through and as you can see ‘Presentation Technology’ is way over to the right…

Becoming a good presentation designer with fancy new technical skills is important, but it’s just one part of the puzzle when it comes to creating GREAT PRESENTATIONS. The slides are NOT the presentation – they are merely there to provide visual support to aid presenters in the task of sharing their message*

So with this blindingly obvious discovery in mind, we started adding a short ‘Think Act & Deliver Differently’ section to kick off each technical training day. It allowed delegates to understand WHY being more proficient at PowerPoint or Prezi could help improve the impact of presentations (hint – it has nothing to do with clever transitions and everything to do with sharing valuable content in a visual way).

We’ve found that half the battle is getting people to shed the bad habits they’ve built up over decades of PowerPoint tweaking. Once we’ve got people thinking differently, the value and impact of the technical training multiplies exponentially.

The good news is that by putting these new technical skills into context, we’re not only helping delegates see the bigger presentation picture but also embedding this knowledge so it hangs around a lot longer. thus meeting those oh-so-hard-to-measure ROI requirements incumbent on all training). A report by 24×7 Learning, “Workplace Learning – 2015”, pointed to a paltry 12% of learners applying new trained skills to their job. Rather than have delegates leave the Eyeful Lab with heads full of short cuts and clever PowerPoint wizardry, we want to equip them with skills to use PowerPoint or Prezi to deliver more powerful presentations. It seems to be working:

“The presentation training was absolutely excellent, it was tailored to what we needed and was perfect for what we trying to achieve. I can’t say enough good things about both the presentations created for us by Eyeful, or the training that followed.”
Andy Williams, Jaga Heating Products

So if you’re shopping around for some technical PowerPoint or Prezi skills training, we’re here to help (and we’d love the opportunity). BUT please let us put the new skills into context for the simple reason that the world doesn’t need another generation of super-efficient but ultimately clueless PowerPoint robots.

* If you’re still not convinced, ask yourself this simple question – what do you want your audience to remember 2 days after your presentation? Your clearly defined message or how fancy your PowerPoint animations were? Thought so…

To learn more about Eyeful’s suite of training solutions, click here or better still, get in touch and let us know what your business is looking for.

BREAKING NEWS: PREZI BUSINESS GOES LIVE

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Matt<

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News broke today in the presentation technology world of a brand new version of Prezi – called Prezi Business… Could this be the PowerPoint alternative everyone’s been waiting for?

This new version of the platform that’s been around for 7 years includes several interesting new features over and above the standard Prezi Membership Licenses …

Collaboration
“Build your Prezis together in real time, even when you’re continents apart.”

Those of you that read our review of PowerPoint 2016 will know this is a sore subject after the quite frankly abject let down of Office 2016’s extremely poor collaboration offering. The difference here though is that whilst desktop creation of Prezi’s is possible, for most end users it will always be a cloud based platform, so in theory this could be a bit of game changer.

Present Anywhere
“Any time, on any device. Send a link to share your prezi in crisp HD with anyone in the world—no third-party screen-sharing software needed.”

A nice feature and a much needed move to keep up with PowerPoint which has had features such as Present Online, convert to Video and Tablet Apps all for quite some time. One word of warning, a presentation is an aid for a presenter, if an audience gets the full story from the presentation alone you might want to review how much text is on each slide/frame! Make sure you take advantage of Prezi’s ability to add voiceover clips to your presentation.

Analytics
“Know who views your prezi, which parts of it, and for how long. Then target your message to the right people at the right time. Track your team’s performance in real time. Use the competitive sales data to fire up productivity and motivation.”

Again another nice feature that plays to Prezi’s strength of being an online presentation tool. With other web based communication platforms entering the scene such as Turtl, adding analytics is an essential move.

If the platform really does tell you who has viewed your Prezi then this is some extremely powerful information in the hands of the sales presenter and it’s something that PowerPoint can’t achieve at present. One for the Office development team at Microsoft to pick up on, we think…

Interactivity
“Prezi Business lets you adapt your pitch on the fly to address what matters to each customer. Skip forward, explore a side topic, or jump back to review—all without flipping through slides.”

Now this is really something, this is essentially custom shows for Prezi. But first, Prezi’s navigation has always been something of a myth…

The truth about Prezi…

Ok, this isn’t some big bad reveal, but if you think Prezi is anything massively different to PowerPoint that’s simply not the case…

Prezi is canvas based and gives you free reign to roam around…

This is very true, but with content essentially being able to be hidden in a microdot, it would take some serious practice and time for a presenter to learn and remember where exactly to zoom into to find the content. It might well end up not being exactly the slickest and smoothest experience.

This rather unstructured approach leads to most people putting content into frames, which are essentially slides. The frames are numbered (like slides) and each time you click forward you travel to the next frame – sound familiar?

Prezi Business doesn’t change this. But with the addition of interactivity it really does improve the experience, as just like in PowerPoint’s custom shows, you can now click into further detail if you want to… thus avoiding frames that you might decide not to show during the presentation.

The fact is though PowerPoint has had interactivity and the option to navigate around slides like a website for over 10 years. So whilst this is most definitely an improvement it was badly needed to just to keep up…

To summarise…

It’s important to remember that Eyeful are not simply a Prezi or PowerPoint presentation design company, we are the presentation experts…

We believe effective, result winning presentations start with proper planning, and strong and effective messages in place.

Whether it be Prezi, PowerPoint, Keynote or whatever tool you use to create and deliver in, these tools aren’t going to help you create a great presentation on their own.

It’s good to see Prezi evolving, most of the business features added are to keep up with programs such as PowerPoint, a couple of which now set Prezi slightly ahead (in a couple of areas) of Microsoft’s flagship program…

But with the Business License coming in at a reported $50 per month, you’re certainly paying for them – whether it’s worth it or not, is up to you…

If you have an important presentation on the horizon and would like to make sure it gets you the result you need (and using whatever technology is most appropriate), please do just get in touch.