Posts Tagged ‘Team’

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

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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

Eyeful needs you

Thursday, June 6th, 2013 by Justine<

Eyeful is an ever expanding global family and we are currently recruiting for 2 UK based positions.

The first vacancy is for a Consultant / Relationship  Builder.

Our consultants are not just sales people. You need to be au fait with the latest in presentation technology, addicted to effective communication and have a creative streak a mile wide. In return for your endeavours we provide sales leads and the backup of the most skilled design, customer engagement and delivery teams in the business.

We are also recruiting for a Key Accounts Assistant to work in our beautiful HQ in Leicestershire.

Working to support our consultants from our creative heartland in Desford, this role is about ensuring that our consultants have everything they need to wow our customers every time. By contacting new and existing customers you will pay an important part in spreading Eyeful love around the globe. This is a part time role (16 hours a week) and ideally your hours will be 4 hours a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

As for the team at Eyeful – our latest 6 month anonymous employee survey showed that 100% of the team are proud of Eyeful and telling people about Eyeful. We can’t promise an easy ride but it’s never boring….

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of a market leading presentation team please contact us.

Eyeful needs you

Team Eyeful grows again… Ladies & Gentlemen, introducing Louise Cramp!

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Simon<

We never sit still here at Eyeful Towers – our world is always evolving and expanding to cope with new customers and new technologies.

Indeed, it was pointed out over Christmas drinks that in 2012 we recruited 10 new staff across the teams at Head Office, opened 2 new global offices (in Russia and Ireland), grew the business by 30% and increased our product offering.

All rather exhausting if you think about it for too long…

So, to make sure we deliver all this new work with the now expected “Eyeful way” we’ve added to our renowned Project Management team. Here to introduce herself is the lovely Louise Cramp:

Hi I’m Louise, the new(ish) Project Manager in the delivery team.

Project Management is in my blood; I love organising, planning and delivering tasks, whether its work related or planning our next adventure in the sun!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time working in the hospitality sector, so I’m use to an ever changing, fast pace environment. From what I gather, I should be right at home at Eyeful! I always strive to exceed the customers’ expectations and work hard to achieve my goals.

It’s great to be part of such a fresh, progressive company – bring it on!

We’re very pleased to announce that Louise is fitting in really well and taking everything we throw at her in her stride.

Presentation Pressure..?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Justine<

Presenting brings with it all manner of pressure…  Heart palpitations and sweaty palms are commonplace in meeting rooms and conference halls the world over, as presenters wrestle with the fear of stumbling over their words or completely losing the plot as they deliver their slides.

A statistic often dragged out and dusted down at this point is; that more people are terrified at the thought of standing up and presenting to an audience than they are of dying. This is typically followed up with the quip, “So they would rather it be their funeral than give the eulogy at someone elses”.

Funny…but the impact this fear can have on a presentation is deadly serious.

We have recently used our Presentation Optimisation methodology to develop a deck for a lovely customer who is presenting today at Buckingham Palace …to HRH Prince Andrew.  Gulp!  Now that is a high pressure pitch!

Both our Presentation Designer, Nicola, who worked on the deck and Consultant, Paul, who developed the messaging and drew up the initial storyboard are happy to boast that they have created slides for royalty.  But, more importantly, we can take great pride in equipping our customer with a presentation that the presenter has complete confidence in.  Once the confidence kicks in, the pressure ebbs away… our job is done.

So best of luck to our lovely customer and we eagerly await an update on how it all went.  Perhaps we could get our Customer Champions to survey the Palace to get their view on it?  Maybe not…

So, if you need some help dealing with those presentation nerves, start with the basics and get your content and story straight and build from there.