Posts Tagged ‘Webinar’

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.

When Is A Presentation Not A Presentation?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by Justine<

The quick response is ‘when there are no slides’ but we don’t agree with that at all. We’ve been banging on about the power of stories for a while now but this week gave us an unexpected and, if we’re honest, unwanted opportunity to prove our point.

Monday’s Autumn sales webinar was planned with the level of pernickety perfectionism that we’re (in)famous for here at Eyeful. We’d given the whole thing the same love and attention we give to customer projects, identifying key messages, building our storyflow then developing and scripting the story itself before creating the slides that bought the visual element to life.

Then just as our eager attendees were logging in for some sales enlightenment, the tech gremlins stuck – we could see our lovely slides but our audience couldn’t, and no amount of frantic button pressing at our end made the slightest bit of difference.

Many great presenters have faced similar issues and our intrepid MD Simon Morton wasn’t about to let this hiccup derail the whole enterprise, after all, if we’re right and the story is more important than the slides, it wouldn’t matter at all.

Or would it??

As someone who regularly gets sucked into the murky world of metrics I’m rarely impressed with statistics but here’s one that I’m very proud to share: only 2 attendees left the webinar when it became apparent that we were unable to placate the gremlins.

Any presenter would consider that a successful event, but when it comes to demonstrating the importance of stories it’s a resounding endorsement of our belief in the concept of ‘Stories Not Slides’.

Just to put the icing on the cake of this particular bout of smugness, the webinar was repeated later in the day and the tech gremlins were nowhere to be seen, yet all the complimentary emails received at Eyeful Towers were from attendees of the earlier session…..

And if that’s not food for thought on how a presentation can engage an audience through strength of story alone, I don’t know what is.

For the sceptics amongst you, here is the webinar in full.

Monday Sales Inspiration

Monday, September 30th, 2013 by Justine<

It’s Monday again and once the trawl through the weekend spam is finished the new week begins in earnest. The question is, will this week be just like last week or can you make a real impact on those sales figures?

All it takes to make this week special is a little extra inspiration and here at Eyeful we’re ready to help you make the difference.

Our free autumn update webinar is full of tips to help you make the changes that will mark this week as the turning point in your sales strategy.

It’s a long journey from hello to handshake and we can help you every step of the way.

To join us at 12 noon today please click here

To join us at 5pm today please click here

Blended Presenting – The Webinar

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 by Justine<

On Wednesday September 18th at 16.00 GMT our esteemed leader, Mr Simon Morton, will be teaming up with our friends at Brainshark to tell the world about how our Blended Presenting methodology is changing presentation delivery.

The way business is done has changed, business interactions are often less formal than the traditional board room or seminar, but every opportunity still involves presenting. Getting the balance right and ensuring that you get your message across every time is about embracing new skills and technologies and then learning to use them appropriately.

The key to success is having a strong, engaging story and then conveying it to your audience in a way that resonates with them.

Much of our methodology resolves around good old common sense, trying to present to 50 people on an iPad is a fool’s errand, but Blended Presenting has a little more magic to it than that.

Simon will be sharing a little Eyeful love with all the attendees, giving them the insights that make the difference between giving a presentation and making a real impression.

To register simply click through this link.

PowerPoint 2013 Webinar – See What The Fuss Is All About

Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Justine<

Last Friday saw a double helping of webinar excitement here at Eyeful Towers when our resident übergeek Matt and illustrious MD Simon revealed their thoughts on PowerPoint 13 to the World. With over 100 attendees, there was a real energy to the webinars and the excitement hasn’t ended there:

“Many thanks to you both – v good session so thanks for sharing your knowledge!!”

“Hi from Melbourne, Australia! That was a really informative presentation – thanks very much for the preview. I’m looking forward to using this at work when they upgrade to 2013 (in about 2017…!)”

Enjoyed the #PowerPoint 2013 webinar – nice work and thanks for sharing the knowledge!”

Since the webinar, we’ve had a number of people ask for us to add a copy onto our YouTube channel…so here you go!  Enjoy…

Join us for the “What’s This PowerPoint 2013 Thing All About?” Webinar

Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Justine<

Eyeful Presentations has been following the progress of PowerPoint 2013 for a while now…

We even dreamed of what may be to come. Twice.

We were excited by the widescreen default, intrigued by the Apple v Microsoft back story, thrilled by the mobile integration and impressed by the cloud functionality.

Then we gave it to our resident übergeek (we call him Matt) who almost frothed at the mouth during his flurry of experimentation with PowerPoint 2013. But describing the new features doesn’t quite cut the mustard, and a screen shot is just a picture, so we’ve decided to show our customers the future of PowerPoint in a much more interesting way.

On Friday the 17th of August we will be showcasing PowerPoint 2013 for all our friends and customers as a Webinar, available at 12 noon and 17.00 (BST).  Signing up is easy, simply follow the following links to book on one of the sessions:

12 noon BST (13.00 CEST) – click here

17.00 BST – (12 noon EDT) click here

See you there!

Eyeful Goes Dutch – The Launch Webinar

Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Justine<

As part of our continued excitement surrounding our launch in The Netherlands we are delighted to invite you to the Eyeful Presentations.NL launch webinar.

clogsOver the last 6 years, Eyeful has gained international recognition as a company that has transformed the quality and impact of business presentations.

Our “Presentation Optimisation” approach is the secret ingredient behind the presentation success of companies like Adobe, American Express and Visa.

In this launch webinar, we’ll introduce you to the following:

  • Why most business presentations bore, confuse or simply miss the point.
  • What is Presentation Optimisation…and why is it so effective?
  • How a “Blended” approach allows you to think beyond the constraints of PowerPoint.

We’ll also be pulling upon real-life stories from companies just like yours to help demonstrate the dramatic impact of Presentation Optimisation.

If that’s not exciting enough we’ll also be offering a limited number of free Presentation Healthchecks to webinar attendees.  This comprehensive audit of your current presentation will highlight the areas that are working well…as well as identifying any areas that need development.

As always our webinars are open to friends old, new and as yet unknown so please join us on the latest leg of our international journey!

We look forward to “meeting” you on the 22nd at 12noon CET. Unfortunately space is limited so please reserve your Webinar seat by clicking here.

The Outstanding Presentations Workshop Series 2011

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Simon<

We’re delighted to have been asked to contribute to the 2011 Outstanding Presentations Workshop Series run and stage-managed by the lovely Ellen Finkelstein.

This is the second year Ellen has run these excellent webinars (back by popular demand, we’re guessing) and yet again she has pulled together a stellar lineup of speakers to discuss all things presentations.

Aside from our contribution, look out for presentations and Q&A sessions from presentation luminaries like Bruce Gabrielle, Carmen Taran and Cliff Atkinson.   Exciting and inspiring stuff…

Webinar logoWe’ll be using our workshop spot on the 12th October to introduce the concept of “Blended Presenting” and how presenters should look beyond exclusively using PowerPoint and pull upon other tools to build a greater level of engagement with their audience.

I could go on…but then there would be no reason to sign up for this and the many other excellent workshops being run!

To learn more about the entire workshop programme as well as book yourself a seat, check out Ellen’s site here.

We’ll see you there…

New SlideRocket survey exposes…well, the obvious, really…

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 by Simon<

We here at Eyeful have a lot of time for those clever people at SlideRocket.

For those not in the know, SlideRocket have developed a rather fancy online tool that allows people to quickly and easily create presentations that incorporate cool graphics, impactful media and, um, bullet points and then share them across the web.

It’s a very slick tool that, in the right hands, can be very powerful (check out their website for samples).

To support their positioning of SlideRocket as the “it’s so easy and empowering to use, you’d be mad to consider any of the alternatives” presentation tool, they’ve conducted a survey (click on the image below to have a closer look).

Death-By-PowerPoint - SlideRocket Infographic

As with all surveys, there are some headline grabbing results:

24% of respondents would forego a spot of hanky-panky tonight rather than sit through a PowerPoint presentation.

20% of respondents would rather go to the dentist than sit through a PowerPoint presentation.

18% of respondents would rather work on a Saturday than sit through a PowerPoint presentation.

When asked what frustrated them about PowerPoint, the respondents listed, amongst other things, too much text and boring graphics.

And this is where the survey starts to fall down a tad…

PowerPoint is not the cause of too much text or boring graphics (we have samples to prove it here) – it’s time to wake up and realise that it’s just software.  In short, it’s time to blame the user.

So it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the boring content, blizzard of bullet points and clichéd clipart that drove 32% of audiences to fall asleep during PowerPoint presentations could so easily crop up in a SlideRocket presentation.

Now please don’t think this is a dig at SlideRocket.  As proven by our Blended Presenting approach, we’re open to all sorts of software and mediums as long as they effectively share information.  And that includes SlideRocket…

Indeed SlideRocket is very effective (and free for the basic package – you can’t say much fairer than that!) – but I fear that with this survey, they’re chasing down the wrong culprit.

Death by PowerPoint/Keynote/SlideRocket/Prezi (the list goes on) is down to the user, not the software.  Simple.

Remember that next time you start nodding off in the middle of a presentation.

On a final note – I was surprised with the close correlation of visits to the dentists and lack of hanky-panky.  I’d have expected it to be a lot more – I’m now off to find myself a new dentist…

The Art of Webinar-ing

Friday, December 17th, 2010 by Simon<

The Webinar is a common occurrence in today’s cost reducing, technology embracing world.

Webinar logoIt’s no surprise that what only a few years ago was a niche presenting platform has become a recognised business tool that very few organisations are without nowadays. But, as with all new technology, it brings with it some challenges.

We often get asked how webinars differ from “the real deal” and quite how to approach them.  So in true Eyeful style here’s the Top 5 Webinar pitfalls…and how to avoid them.

1)  See no evil

Just because your audience can’t see you doesn’t mean you can be slumped in front of the PC in your Y-fronts.

If you are seasoned presenter, you’ll need to prepare yourself in the same way. Yes some visual mannerism that you normally use won’t have any effect – but if you change the way you present you invariably change what people hear.

Make sure your performance is as good, and in many ways better than in person.

2)  Hear no evil

Voice tone takes on a whole new importance on a Webinar.

webinarYou need to up the ante in keeping your audience engaged and a flat voice simply ain’t gonna cut it.  The same is true for in person presenting but the effect is amplified immensely as all your audience can see is your slides.

It has to be more pronounced on a Webinar, so make sure you practice.

3)  All for 1, and 1 for all

We’ve banged on about getting your key message right…and we’re about to do it again.

The biggest difference here is it has to be even sharper and more focused. You will hold people’s attention for less time and lose it far quicker online. Get that key message and focus on that alone.

4)  Visual is Best

With most Webinar software, the only things your audience will be seeing are your slides. That means they have to be damn good.

So step away from the bullet points and make your slides as visual as posible. Time and investment at this stage will help ensure your Webinar goes like a dream…and your message is received loud and clear.

5)  Two way traffic

Just because your audience might be miles away doesn’t mean you can’t connect and use them.

Today’s technology is very interactive, so make the most of whatever ways you can lay your hands on to engage and involve them. Ask for a show of (electronic) hands or pose questions of your audience. 

As always, interaction will make for a better presentation.

As with all presentations – practice makes perfect. Presenting on a webinar is very different and in many ways a lot harder.

Take the time to hone your presentation using these 5 nuggets and you should be well on your way to mastering the online presentation.