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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There’s no denying the fact that Christmas is on its way and regular readers will know that we love a bit of seasonal silliness mixed with a smattering of businessy stuff.
This year we’ll be getting festive with a series of offers, insights and jolly japery that we hope you’ll all enjoy.
For those of you who simply can’t wait to see what we’ve got up our sleeves this year, here’s a selection of highlights from Christmas past….
Here at Eyeful we love to push the boundaries of PowerPoint because, in the right hands, it can create some truly amazing presentation visuals.
Whilst much of the world is happy to blame PowerPoint for poor presentations we believe that’s akin to blaming cars for speeding. The brilliance (or otherwise) of a presentation is not about PowerPoint (or Keynote, or Prezi, or the infamous napkin) it’s about getting the best from whatever tool you’re using. And, if we may say so ourselves, when it comes to squeezing every ounce of brilliance from the seemingly mundane, we’re just the people for the job.
Here’s an example of what happens when we give one of our PowerPoint aficionados the seed of an idea and the opportunity just to have fun.
No story, no compelling message and no structure, just the chance to make PowerPoint work that little bit harder as well as play around with some video clips of cute cats. Happy days.
It’s been a while now since we opened our doors to all those who have suffered in the face of poor presentations and if we’re honest, we still haven’t quite recovered.
Our whistleblower campaign was, depending on your perspective either a resounding success or an embarrassing failure.
While we’re sure that the whistleblowers themselves felt better we’re also sure that anyone who gives presentations could well be in for a shock.
It’s taken us a while to fully digest the responses and while we’ve kept you entertained with some of the ‘highlights’ it’s only now that we can reveal the full horror of want we uncovered.
So grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit and click through this link to hear our MD Simon Morton and marketing guru Justine Smith reveal all….
A few weeks ago we told you all about our first work experience student and admitted publically that we had completely failed to assign him any filing or refreshment duties.
So what did James do during his time at Eyeful Towers?
Well, James joined our resident übergeek Matt and produced something just a little bit special.
So without further ado, here it is for you all to enjoy…
And if that wasn’t exciting enough Matt has also put together a little behind the scenes tour showing just how he and James put the whole thing together.
If you’re as excited as we are about what can be achieved when PowerPoint teams up with some friends and a smattering of Eyeful magic, simply drop us a line and we’ll help you get your message across in ways that you never imagined.
We all feel better for a bit of pampering. Treating ourselves to a new haircut, buying the latest tech or going on holiday has been clinically proven (honest) to make us feel better. And when we feel better we’re more sociable and productive.
It’s the same for your presentation; if its feeling dated and unloved it’s unlikely to be doing its best for you. But there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater – if you’re presentation content is still topical then maybe it just needs a makeover.
Our Presentation Refresh service is an excellent way to give flagging presentations a new lease of life.
It’s like taking your presentation on a luxury spa weekend and ordering champagne at breakfast……
The recent leaking of NSA presentations has got us scratching our heads here at Eyeful Towers.
‘Poor Presentation causes International Incident’ is not a headline we ever expected to see, yet it’s actually happening…..
Online Espionage aside, we were wondering just how bad presentations can be, and decided it was time to give a voice to all those who have suffered in silence.
So as Edward Snowden continues his search for exile in far flung corners of the globe we’re offering you the opportunity to whistle blow without incurring any airfares.
Simply click through this link and tell us about the worst presentation you’ve ever seen. You don’t have to name names if you don’t want to, we’re interested in the crime not the criminal. Just tell us what made the presentation so bad and we’ll try to set the world to rights on your behalf.
If you’re unsure on what makes a bad presentation, or you’re unfortunate enough to have never seen a good one, take a peek at our 10 commandments below to see what’s what.
As if saving you the trouble of planning an escape route wasn’t enough, we’ll pick one of you out of the hat to receive some chocs and flowers as a thank-you.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Eyeful labs opened its doors and the influx of curious customers, creative consultants and presentation enthusiasts is already generating some really exciting ideas.
We are however, experiencing a spate of staining. Yes, you read it right – staining – as caused by excited Eyefulites not paying proper attention to their beverage handling skills.
We understand better than most how easy it is to get carried away on a tide of innovation but we do have standards you know. So we decided that the best option lay not in suppressing the creative carousing but in providing a suitably Eyeful solution – Eyeful coasters.
With the offer of old style cash money in the air, our designers gave it their all and came up with some stonking ideas:
It was a tough call but *expectant silence* the winner is *drum roll* Phil Evans *applause, wolf whistling etc* and here is the winning design….
Now we just need to perfect our Margo Leadbetter impression – “Coaster please Jerry”
60 years ago this week, Mount Everest was conquered by Hillary and Tenzing … the first people to scale the staggering 29,028 foot mountain. So here is a topical little tale for you to enjoy.
We’re always willing to go the extra mile for our customers here at Eyeful but recently it was a case of altitude rather than aptitude.
Whilst working on an existing deck for a customer one of our designers was unhappy with a graphic that had a vaguely cartoony / clip art vibe to it. Whilst the idea behind using the image added to the storytelling of the presentation, the actual image left a lot to be desired. This is just the sort of thing that’s ever likely to bring our designers out in hives – it’s hard to convey a serious message with a flippant graphic.
So we scanned our image files and came up sadly lacking in mountains and a quick chat with the customer revealed no budget for buying images. So, where now?
To the mountain itself as it turns out.
One of our designers, Alex, had been to Everest base camp seven years ago and after a trawl through his holiday snaps, he picked a winner…..
Having completed his ‘Double Dragon’ experience during Henley College’s Enterprise & Employability Week, Simon reports on the view from the Dragons chair…
Despite the BBC’s failure to televise this particular episode, it was clear from the start that the gloves were off and the scenario was very real. The Dragons adopted their ‘race faces’ from the start and were not averse to challenging each other which led to some fairly lively ‘discussions’.
Every entrepreneur looked the part (always a good start and particularly notable in the student population) setting the tone to ‘serious’ as soon as they entered the Den.
The pitch style varied with students adopting different styles to get their message across. Some simply spoke whilst others utilised technology (including the ubiquitous PowerPoint) and the flipchart proved that it still has a part to play in modern business presentations. There was also a noteworthy appearance by a dynamic Excel spreadsheet which managed to inform without inducing number blindness – not an easy balance to achieve.
All marvellous stuff but as we know the presenter is as important as the content and delivery method – and the standard here was high.
The winning team won because they truly were a team, each person knew their part of the story and how it interacted with their colleagues. This led to a seamless presentation that, to the envy of many a real Den pitchee, also aced the financials. It’s almost as if they were briefed…..
Simon was very excited to be involved with the event and Eyeful Labs is looking forward to welcoming some of the students in the near future – creating a great opportunity for the business people of tomorrow to be involved in the future of presentations – we’ll keep you posted….