Posts Tagged ‘Amusing’

Saying it with PowerPoint

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by Justine<

Having a global team is a marvellous thing, Eyeful encompasses not only the planet but a hugely disparate and eclectic set of skills, experience and creativity. It’s one of the things that set us apart from the competition.

The tough thing is making sure that geography never gets in the way of us working (and laughing) together and we’re always looking for new ways to make the Eyeful world smaller.

We’ve never knowingly missed a birthday based silliness opportunity here at Eyeful Towers and finding a way to share that feeling with our far flung colleagues was as plain as the nose on our face.

After all, if we can’t say it with PowerPoint then who can?

 

NB Sometimes we use our extraordinary skills for serious stuff too, contact us to find out more.

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Smarta Webchat – Simon Reveals All

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Justine<

Regular readers will know that back in October we were extraordinarily excited by our success in making the grade as a Smarta 100 winner.

Making the an impact in the category ‘Best People’ was a great endorsement of what we (and our customers) have known all along – great people make great things happen.

The Eyeful Story has been quite a journey. From a back bedroom enterprise to six international offices (and a book) in ten years is something of an achievement and just the kind of thing that many start-ups dream of.

For us it wasn’t a planned journey and it wasn’t always an easy one either, but we got there and cemented our place as one of the best presentation consultancy and design providers in the world.

On Wednesday 29th January at 12.30 Simon Morton will be sharing his experiences, answering questions about how Eyeful managed to become a global force and offering advice on how to (and how not to) take your business to the next level. Hosted by our lovely friends at Smarta the webchat is free to attend and asking questions is easy…simply click through this link to join in.

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Eyeful Top Trumps

Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Justine<

Continuing our festive foray into childhood favourites we’ve turned to the inimitable Top Trumps to sift through some Eyeful talent…

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It’s a Lovely, Lego Christmas Here at Eyeful

Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Justine<

Regular readers will know we feel a certain affinity with Lego. We’ve used the eponymous little bricks as a Presentation Optimisation metaphor , we loved how they were used to honour Felix Baumgartner’s amazing jump and now we’ve found an excuse to include them in our advent calendar….happy days!


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Eyeful Goes to Hollywood

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Justine<

Here at Eyeful we love a Christmas Movie, there’s no better way to waste a winter afternoon than curling up with a glass of your preferred tipple, a humungous box of choccies and a cheesily seasonal film. Here’s a glimpse into how some of our festive favourites would look with Eyeful stars playing the lead….

  

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Eyeful Advent Christmas Quiz

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Justine<

Our seasonal silliness continues with a close up Christmas quiz to see you through Monday afternoon.

 

How did you do?

1 out of 4 – Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud

2 out of 4 – Grab yourself a mince pie and try again

3 out of 4 – You’ll be rocking around the Christmas tree…

4 out of 4 – Fast tracked to Santa’s nice list!

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Beware of Presentationstein….

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Justine<

Regular readers will know how we love to wrap serious messages in seasonal frivolity.

So without further ado, here’s a Halloween offering about one of the scariest (and least effective) of presentation shockers….Presentationstein

Turn the sound up, sit back and prepare to be horrified at what could well be happening to your presentation…

P.S. If the whole thing looks spookily familiar, simply breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth thinking happy thoughts until the panic dies down…..then get in touch and we’ll help you lay the monster to rest.

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Fooling Some Of The People, Some Of The Time – Or Not

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Justine<

A couple of recent news stories have given us pause for thought here at Eyeful Towers. Firstly it seems a Chinese zoo has been replacing exotic animals with domestic ones and secondly a new species of mammal has just been ‘discovered’ despite an example living in Washington Zoo for a number of years.

While this may seem, at first, to have little relevance to presentations but these are both great examples of how an audience (and a number of experts) can be lead merrily along the garden path, and what happens when they realise.

Respecting your audience is key to bringing them around to your way of thinking. If you underestimate the effort needed to engage and retain them, you’ve already lost them.

So when is a lion not a lion? In this example the simple answer would be ‘when it’s a dog’.  It’s easy to look at this story and suspect that it’s ridiculous, but it wasn’t just the lion they replaced. The dog masquerading as a wolf could easily pass unnoticed (unless it was a miniature poodle) but dogs were also playing the part of leopards, while coypu (the largest of the guinea pig family) were labelled as snakes.

Which leads me to wonder just how long they really got away with it?

Audiences are not stupid, but as human beings we are usually reticent to contradict what we’ve been told by an ‘expert’. We’re likely to be suspicious and unbelieving but unlikely to do anything about it. We know something isn’t right but won’t speak out just in case we make fools of ourselves. So we quietly decide that the whole thing is rubbish and get on with our lives.

Your audience will react in exactly the same way if they believe you’re running fast and loose with facts and figures or if they start to question your integrity. If part of your presentation seems fudged it’s likely that your audience will ignore the whole thing – and you’ll never even know.

As for the mystery mammal now officially named the olinguito, it seems that the creature itself went a long way to pointing out the mistake by refusing to mate with the olingos it was housed with.

Unfortunately the experts who misidentified it weren’t taking any notice.

If you’re not taking any notice of your audience you’re unlikely to be able to communicate effectively with them.

Before you even begin to bring your presentation together you need to know your audience, who they are, what motivates them and why they should care about what you’re saying. And it doesn’t end there if you don’t pay attention to them while presenting you won’t know if they’re not engaged and therefore, you’ll be unable to react by adjusting your content and style to bring them back.

Fortunately we can help with both these problems without anyone having to study for a zoology degree. If you think you may have lost (or maybe never even found) your audience just give us a call.

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Join us at our Eyefulapalooza

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Justine<

On Wednesday 21st August we’re flinging open the doors of Eyeful Towers and inviting friends old and new to join us for a spot of silliness.

The (first annual) Eyefulapalooza can best be thought of as a good old fashioned school sports day, wellies will be wanged and eggs will be spooned while the enticing aroma of sacrificial meat products wafts from the barbeque.

We’ll also be tombolering with the best of them and getting generally over excited – whatever the British weather throws at us.

If any of you would like to join us, you can register a team (we’ve got medals and everything) here in the certain assurance that you will not be made to compete in your vest and pants.

For those of you less inclined towards the physical there’ll be a barbeque, a cake stall and tombola – all cunningly designed to part you from your hard earned cash.

All money raised will be going to The Alzheimer’s Society so please join us from 4 til 7 and take part in the madness.

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Lessons From Spam

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by Justine<

(In which we will be considering the delights of both meat and email based varieties – and yes, I did say delights.)

As I child of the 70’s I know that Spam (the meat product) has its place in the world. It can contribute to an acceptable sandwich and make an interesting fritter, it sits in the back of the cupboard patiently waiting for a skint month in the certain knowledge that its time will come. But let’s be honest the one thing it’s really good at is reminding us that not every meat based meal is Sunday dinner.

As someone who spends a lot of time at a computer I know that Spam (the email kind) serves a similar purpose. It sits in your inbox until the need for procrastination arises, it tells you what people you never knew you cared about are up to and it occasionally invites you to something you’d quite like to attend. But, in line with its comestible counterpart, the main thing it’s really good at is reminding you that not all communication is effective.

A recent gem was a master class in the art of the verbose: Do I, it asked, wish to attend a webinar to ‘discover a pragmatic way to uncover the customer buying process or “sales motion” and connect it with the intentions and actions of the go-to-market teams to eliminate execution gaps.’  I’ve read it a few times now and I still don’t know, mostly because I don’t understand the question.

When we start to consider that emails are supposed to capture their audiences’ attention quickly and get their message across before the recipient can hit ‘delete’ the whole thing becomes even scarier.

Presentation audiences are not armed with a delete button and it’s every presenter’s job to ensure that their audience is not trying to wish one into existence. People need to understand to be engaged.

If you’re product or service will save people time and money by helping them work more efficiently then tell them how and why. Don’t pretend it’s ‘an holistic approach to the betterfication of the cost-production-retail analysis in line with an overarching efficiency framework’ because they’ll know that’s complete rubbish and they’ll presume that your product is too.

The Plain English Campaign has a brilliant gobbledegook generator on their website, today it gave me this gem of business speak ‘It’s time that we became uber-efficient with our ambient digital innovation.’ Which would have been funny, if only I could have escaped the eerie feeling that I’ve read it somewhere before….?

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