Posts Tagged ‘Team’

Story Season – What Does Story Mean to you?

Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Matt<

In this chapter of story season, we enter the Eyeful rabbit hole and meet some senior members of the Eyeful consultant and design teams and get their own personal take on how stories and presentations are linked.

In this first episode of a three part series, we share the minds of the people who work with business presentations on a daily basis. Discover how they simplify the process and gain some inspirational ideas for your own presentations.

Over to Team Eyeful…

In the next edition of Story Season the team talks about how story (or lack of) can have a major impact on presentations…

Stay tuned for this or if you’d like to speak to an expert directly, then just give us a ring on 0845 056 8528.

The Eyefulites are growing….

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Matt<

Newbies

Here at Eyeful your presentations are really important to us, we put a lot of time, energy and thought into every stage of the process – which is why we’ve strengthened the Eyeful team at every step of the way to ensure your presentations are given the full care and attention they deserve.

Stage 1 – Presentation Optimisation

At the beginning of every project you’re assigned an Eyeful Consultant – they get to know your situation, understand your goals and help you create a story-flow using our tried and trusted Presentation Optimisation process.

Joining us at this stage is new presentation consultant Duncan Cranmer, based in Bristol, Duncan is as frustrated by the poor state of business presentations as the rest of us… his mission now is to help Eyeful’s customers meet the issue head on.

Duncan is highly experienced in B2B sales, having worked in a variety of sectors from software, services into the NHS and latterly in sales enablement services.

Stage 2 – Storyboard Creation

The story-flow is then turned into a storyboard – by a storyboard developer such as Sam Potter.

At this stage we always go to paper before PowerPoint, as it allows us to step away from slides and truly consider the right content to go into the visuals of the presentation.

Sam brings with her considerable experience from the retail industry, gained in a variety of roles including 2 years in visual merchandising – Sam will put these skills into practice by turning story flow documents into fully fledged storyboards – which are then turned into fantastic presentations by our designers…

Stage 3 – Design and Creation

And for this part of the process we welcome the rather artistically talented Ed Geraghty and Helen Power – who should both be congratulated for getting through an exhausting (and long running) series of phone calls, interviews and tests!

Ed has 5 years of graphic design study under his belt and has most recently been working for a Midlands based design agency.

Helen joins after being a freelance designer in the sunnier climes of Australia.

All of Eyeful’s new recruits exude an excitement and hunger to push presentation’s forward which when combined with the existing extraordinary Eyefulite team only makes Eyeful’s position even better equipped to respond to your presentation needs.

Help us rid the world of yet another poor presentation, give us a call on 0845 056 8528 and our team will be on hand to help you.

Stars in their Slides

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Matt<

Hollywood movie star Vince Vaughn appears to be lining himself for a future career as a stock photography model! Vince Vaughn

Yeah – I’m not convinced either!

Basically it’s a publicity stunt for his new movie “Unfinished Business” which is due to hit big screens soon.

He and his co-stars have featured in about dozen stock style images which are being released on istock for free, editorial only use.

They’re a nice bit of fun to look at and a clever idea to promote the movie – which I hadn’t heard of – but I can’t imagine where on earth an Eyeful designer would put these in a presentation?

 

Don’t get me wrong, stock images most definitely play a part in presentations

But you must ask yourself when to use them and when to avoid? The key is common sense – if they look cheesy and bad – then AVOID at all costs! It’s pretty simple. If they look good – and some do look really good, and as long as they support what you are saying and have the right visual subtext, then go ahead and use.

I asked Alex, one of our designers for an example of a good stock image…

stock image“I like this image, it has a clear platform to add items to and a blurred background of a coffee shop/pub/restaurant. I used it in a presentation that was about food logistics, the slide needed colour and the presentation used similar generic images with no branding. It fitted the bill perfectly.

Clichéd images are lazy and harmful to the overall story when badly used. But some images can tell a story on their own and are very powerful. Good stock photography should not be underestimated.”

 

Finally as important as it is not to use poor images in your presentations, maybe someone should tell the director, Ken Scott that rubbish slides shouldn’t be in Hollywood movies! I spotted the offending slide in the trailer for the movie! Let us know if you spot it too!!

So, if you need help with your next blockbuster presentation just pick up the phone and while our professional work their magic you can sit back and maybe even enjoy popcorn and a movie.

Surviving (and Thriving) in Business

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Justine<

There’s been a bit of a buzz around Eyeful Towers this week surrounding the TV phenomenon that is The Island with Bear Grylls.

Bear is well known for his extreme survival shows but this is about 13 ordinary blokes who have been left on a desert island for a month with 6 knives, minimal survival training and, it would seem, very little common sense.

Fortunately for the debate about which of us would make it through, the website for the show includes a quiz that aims to demonstrate whether you would survive or thrive, and finding out which of us could cut the mustard has revealed some interesting stuff.

Aside from the revelation that some of us would fail to even survive (and are glad of the opportunity to find this out without ever having to consider our own toe nails as a source of protein), the show and the quiz got me thinking; if the modern life leaves you ill equipped for survival, is there any place for survival skills in modern life?

When faced with an important survival decision, experts use the acronym S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Orientate and Plan) and it occurred to me that this was not so far removed from the advice we give our customers when it comes to creating an engaging presentation. Also, while I have no evidence to support the hypothesis that a poor presentation ever resulted in anyone starving to death, the quality of your presentation can make a difference to whether your business simply survives or continues to thrive.

The ability to capture, kill and cook a Caiman crocodile isn’t going to make a great difference in a modern business environment but the ability to capture, engage and influence an audience certainly will.

And that’s where we can help.

We happen to know a thing or two about the importance of understanding your audience and can offer some great ideas about how to communicate in the ever changing presentation landscape, we can even train you to be more savvy when it comes to the technical side of designing and delivering your presentation.

Any one of the team here at Eyeful can help you create a presentation that will enable your business to thrive, but if you need to take one of us to a dessert island for survival support you’ll need to choose wisely!

the island

Eyeful Needs You

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Justine<

While most of the world is spending the beginning of 2014 obsessed with slimming down after Christmas excess, here at Eyeful we’re excited about expanding.

Our head office team in Desford is looking for two people to join our eclectic and occasionally eccentric team as we enter one of the most exciting phases of business growth so far.

Our HQ team consists of a delightful bunch of creatives who give their very best to every project and form the hub of a worldwide team that delivers fantastic presentations and outstanding customer service.

We are currently looking to recruit a PowerPoint Presentation Designer and a New Business Generator to join the team and full details of both vacancies can be found here.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of a rapidly growing, world leading, specialist presentation team – we want to hear from you.

Eyeful needs you

Hoorah for RAR!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Justine<

2013 was a very busy year here at Eyeful Towers. Between you and me; we love it when it all gets just a little bit manic, and as long as we manage to fit in the occasional random act of silliness we can keep ourselves and our customers happy, however heavy the workload is. But we have to confess that sometimes we let the odd thing slip and in December we forgot to shout about our latest achievement and more importantly thank the customers who made it possible.

As the beginning of a new year is traditionally a time for quiet contemplation and thankfulness we’re going to right this wrong by telling you all about it.

In December 2013 we achieved inclusion in the Recommended Agency Register’s Top 100. This list is open to all marketing services agencies outside the M25 and inclusion is based entirely on customer feedback. Making the grade shows not only that our customers love us, but also that they’re happy to tell the world. Standing out in a category that includes the whole gamut of marketing services is a huge achievement for a company that only does presentations… and it’s one that we’re really rather proud of.

So, without further ado, here’s an important message to all our lovely customers…..

NB: our ‘cupboard creativity’ sessions are entirely optional and no designers were hurt in the making of this film.

US Presentation Consultants Wanted

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by Justine<

Eyeful Presentations has built an enviable worldwide reputation for delivering the very best in presentation consultancy and design.

From humble beginnings we’ve created a business that now stands at the forefront of innovation and imagination and is making a real impact on global business communications.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for us, our MD Simon Morton’s eagerly anticipated book, The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations, is hitting the shelves in February and it’s already making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

We’re currently looking for US based communication consultants to join our team. We need people who share our passion for presentations to join us on what we know will be an exciting journey.

We can sum up our success in one word – Eyefulocity. All our people have it…and it’s what makes our customers love us.  If you believe that business presentations deserve to be engaging and would welcome a little Eyefulocity into your life, drop us a line

Eyefulocity

Lloyd takes on the Leicester Marathon

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by Justine<

As regular readers will know we recently adopted The Teenage Cancer Trust as our partner charity.

While most of us have been focussing on maximising cake based charity opportunities one of our project coordinators has put us all to shame.

Lloyd Carter has signed up for this year’s Leicester Marathon and on October 13th he will be giving his all to raise as much as possible for our charity.

As proud as we are that he’s signed on the dotted line, we did have a couple of burning questions when it came to why…..

Lloyd first ran a marathon last year but was no stranger to life on the hoof

“I had always done a bit of cross country running and quite enjoyed it so, when my waistline started to indicate that life was treating me a little too well I decided to put in some extra miles.

Marathon running seemed an obvious progression, I enjoyed the training and it was an excellent way to justify an extra pudding now and again!”

Lloyd successfully ran the London Marathon in 2012 but apparently failed to scratch the itch and also ran the Leicester Marathon a few months later.

So Lloyd, what is so great about running a marathon that makes you want to do it a third time?

“Nothing. There is nothing great about actually running a marathon. It’s horrific. Its hours of mental and physical torture disguised as arduous repetition. It’s the worst combination of suffering and boredom imaginable but I love the training and being completely in control of achieving such a milestone is an amazing feeling.

The build-up is exciting and I thrive on having such a solid goal to work towards. And once I have finished the race the euphoria is amazing, it makes the horror of the actual running completely disappear, it’s a personal achievement like no other and raising money for charity makes it even better.”

The good news is that we can all experience the benefits of anticipation, goal achievement and universal loveliness (without any of the horrors of running) by sponsoring Lloyd in one of the following blister free ways:

Just Giving – click here to donate.

Text giving – to donate £10 text LCEP99 £10 to 70070 – to donate £5 text LCEP99 £5 to 70070

Eyefulapalooza was a winner!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Justine<

Wednesday saw our first annual Eyefulapalooza and we’re pleased to say that a good time was had by all.

We’ve recovered from the physical exertion, sought counselling for tombola addiction, allowed the cake induced sugar rush to subside and already started planning what we’re going to do next year.

And we raised £361.22 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Here’s a taste of what we got up to in the name of charity, see you all next year!

 

 

Eyeful’s first work experience student

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Justine<

We have long been champions of educating the world in the ways of great presentations. Over the years we’ve enjoyed hosting training sessions for customers, sending Simon out to speak at international events and welcoming the great and the good of Russian business to Eyeful Towers. But we have never had a work experience student spend time with us.

We recently rectified this error, welcoming James to our offices in leafy Leicestershire for a week of Eyefulness. James’ career interest lies in digital design, so we were happy to throw open our doors and welcome him in the hope that we could all learn something new!

Unsurprisingly, this 15 year old student was a little nervous on his first day but James confirmed (of his own free will) that “everyone made me feel really welcome”.

Dismissing stories we’ve heard about the correlation between work experience, tea making and filing, we treated James to a whirlwind week.

We included James spending time with all the teams and learning how they interact effectively. He also learnt how to edit a video and create his own voice over for a webinar presentation, create complex custom shows and we revealed a number of our tricks of the trade. We’ll be sharing the product of his endeavours soon, so watch this space! He also managed to make us all feel really old with his fresh face and youthful energy!

His time with the ‘behind the scenes’ teams taught him about managing budgets through time sheets, how we ensure our customer is ALWAYS king through careful quality control and great customer service, and a glimpsed inside the world of Eyeful marketing.

James was surprised that a busy and successful office also found time for the fun stuff too, “We had a quick fire game of Pictionary and played Frisbee at lunch which made us feel fresh and ready to work hard in the final push to meet deadlines.” (I think you’ll find that’s exceed deadlines, James!!)

When asked to sum up his week at Eyeful he said, “I’ve had the best time, thanks” and he bought doughnuts too, which makes him a top candidate for future success in our eyes.

James