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!
Posts Tagged ‘PowerPoint’
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….
Fifty years ago this week Martin Luther King Jr delivered a speech that was designed to change the world – and it did.
You don’t need to have a particular interest in equality, civil rights, politics, religion or history to know what I’m talking about, ‘I have a dream’ is one of the most often quoted, misquoted, emulated and parodied speeches of all time.
Presenters everywhere yearn for such clarity of message and can only dream about the levels of engagement this speech achieved. Not only that, the speech included one of the ultimate calls to action of all time, one that people are still responding to half a century later.
But what if PowerPoint was his communication tool of choice?
Martin Luther King’s aide was quoted as saying”the logistical preparations for the march were so burdensome that the speech was not a priority for us, on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, Martin still didn’t know what he was going to say”. Something we call the presentation paradox.
And if that’s true then his presentation might have looked something like this.
But we don’t believe that this could have happened because King had mastered the two key components of every presentation:
He knew his story.
He knew his audience.
Not only that but if he was to have used PowerPoint we bet that the presentation would have been as powerful as the speech.
How can we be so sure?
Martin Luther King Jr was not just an enigmatic speaker, he was a planner and a strategist who gathered a band of experts around him to help him achieve his goals and if PowerPoint had been part of the plan he would have sought the best help available.
And we’d like to think that might have been someone like us.
Most of the presentations we create don’t change the world, but they can change the opinions and perceptions of your audience, if the quality of the presentation truly communicates the quality of the story.
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.
Here at Eyeful we believe that the only way to find out if something is any good is to ask.
So we quizzed recent attendees of one of our’ Creating Effective Presentations’ training sessions to see what they thought – and here’s what they said…
“Compared to other training it was one of the better and more effective ones I have received. I have taken away a great deal of understanding and knowledge from this course that I believe will help me a great deal in future client presentations. The trainers on the course were exceedingly well versed in their presentation skills and they had a great deal of experience which really shone through in their delivery. They spoke passionately about their fields of expertise, which is essential in capturing the attention and imagination of the participants.”
“It was really interactive, which made it more engaging and memorable.”
“The course gave a great overview of creating an effective presentation.”
“The course made me realise that it’s one thing to create an engaging presentation and another to be able to stand there and deliver it.”
“Definitely – I wish I had this kind of training when I was at university, students and even lecturers would really benefit. I think most people would benefit from this workshop, especially people who often have to deliver client facing presentations.”
“I would recommend this to anyone that works with PowerPoint on a regular basis.”
“Very good, the trainers were friendly and easily approachable.”
“I felt the emphasis on knowing your story, before you even open PowerPoint, was a very strong. It cemented the fact that PowerPoint is the tool and not the most important part of a presentation.”
“I really enjoyed the design elements of the work shop as I’m sure for most other people did, too. Just some shortcuts that we learnt and some of the tools available in PP that I wasn’t aware of are really going to be handy in ensuring we save time whilst creating PPs and making the finished product look a lot more professional. Some of the points in the more theoretical elements of the training were quite obvious if you think about it but the way that they were delivered made it very memorable and ensured that the key take-away was that the content of a presentation is the most important part, which a lot of people forget as they get caught up in design.”
Not only that but all the attendees agreed that the session was informative and most of then found it enjoyable too.
A few weeks ago, we blogged about the Microsoft Office mobile app for iPhones. While we loved that Microsoft are making their Office suite more accessible, we couldn’t help feeling like we’d only got half a box of chocolates.
This week sees Office mobile for android phones hit app stores in the US and once again we feel the need to temper our excitement.
Again functionality (only editing, not creation) and accessibility (365 subscribers only) is restricted and again there’s no app for tablet devices.
While we may be able to forgive Microsoft for neglecting the iPad (which pops up everywhere like an overly successful cousin with its gold watch, supermodel wife and flash car), leaving out their own Surface tablet seems like cutting off their nose to spite their face.
Surface could have been the first tablet with a fully functioning Office app, but for some reason they decided against it. I’d love to tell you the potential market place but Surface unit sales are as easy to find as unicorns (which to a suspicious mind might indicate that it could have done with the boost).
I don’t know about you but I can’t help feeling like Microsoft have us on an intravenous introduction programme, dripping Office bit by bit into the arm of modern mobile business. Maybe they’re worried that if we get it all at once we will, in some way, become intoxicated or addicted, but I think they’re running the risk of us looking for our fix elsewhere.
The one thing this drip feed is achieving is that people like me keep writing about it, but like a celebrity that turns up for the opening of an envelope the flash bulbs get a little dimmer every time…
So come on Microsoft, give us the whole thing, all the time, wherever we are and whatever shiny gadget we’re toting. We work everywhere and it’s time you did too.
Here at Eyeful we believe that if you don’t ask, you’ll never know – and if you never know, how can you improve.
So we asked a couple of attendees what they really thought about our training days, here’s what Bernadette from Lloyds Bank and Jessica from the NIHR Clinical Research Network had to say…
The Office for Apple debate has been like a frustrating box of chocolates – filled with the promise of wondrous enjoyment but delivering only coffee creams at every bite. The whole thing has been so disappointing that we are currently being enticed by the prospect of paying for the pleasure of nibbling at a caramel barrel.
Chocolate aside (not for long I promise) I am, of course, referring to the launch of the Microsoft Office mobile app for iPhone. Which on the face of it sounds like a step in the right direction and indeed it is – if you consider continental drift to be travelling.
There are two key issues before we even look at functionality. Firstly the app can only be used with an Office 365 subscription. Secondly the app can only be used on iPhones and the iPad mini.
Office for iPad is a dream for many business users and not only have we been denied it again but there is a real, *sticks tongue out, turns up nose with thumb and wiggles fingers while singing na,na,na,na,na* feel to the whole thing being denied to us again. So near and yet so far…
But even for those of you sitting smugly with iPhones and 365 subscriptions in hand, the dream remains diluted. The new app will allow the non myopic among you to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. But you can only create Word and Excel documents. PowerPoint creation is not allowed. You now have access to the fruit creams (orange and strawberry) and the Turkish delight but that’s your lot.
From the Microsoft perspective they’ve thrown in some excellent functionality. All edits applied through the app will be there when you access the docs from your desktop. The Slide Navigator lets you page through PowerPoint presentations quickly. The ‘Speaker Notes’ feature helps you practice presentations on the move. And the Resume Reading feature takes you the precise point in a document where you last left from. It’s almost like they’re saying ‘see who’s trying here; see who cares’….
Microsoft office has over 1 billion users, over 300 million iPads have been sold and I don’t need a venn diagram to illustrate the size of the overlap. Every bone in my body wants to lock Apple and Microsoft in a room together and not let them out until they’ve decided to be sensible about the whole thing, but sadly, that’s never going to happen.
So here we are, iPad users of the world, almost able to taste the merest hint of smooth chocolate but with all the luscious caramel stuck to our chins, and no-one likes to be sticky….