North American Launch Party

March 31st, 2014

Yep, it’s finally here…  The first of two launch events to welcome The Presentation Lab into the World.

Those lucky people in North America get their hands on the book first (Europe and the Rest of the World will just need to be patient and wait until after Easter – patience is a virtue).

So, with no shortage of excitement or fanfare at our end, we’re delighted to invite you to The Presentation Lab Launch Party.  Please form an orderly queue, pour yourself a cold one/coffee and enjoy:

To join in the fun, ping your questions over to us via Twitter using the hashtag #preslabbook (or, you can always drop us a line here)

The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations is available to preorder now via AmazonBarnes & Noble and other booksellers of repute.


Join us to Launch The Presentation Lab Book

March 25th, 2014

Launch day is fast approaching and we’ve lined up some great speakers to help send it out into the world.

Everyone knows about the past ills of presentations, but this is no time to dwell on the mediocrity of clip art or the soporific effect of reading every slide to your audience. Now’s the time to look to the future of presentations and The Presentation Lab book is where it’s at.

Our official, online, launch event will be taking place on Monday 31st March at 16.00 UK time (11.00 EDT / 08.00 PDT). Everyone that registers will have free access to the first chapter of the book and the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about how the book will impact modern business communication.

We’re also offering a lucky few attendees the chance to win copies of the book in its entirety.

For anyone interested in making their presentations as good as they can be it’s a great way to spend a (quite likely dreary) Monday afternoon.

Joining in is easy simply click here to register and we’ll see you on the 31st.


A Book is Born

March 21st, 2014

As regular readers will know, writing the Presentation Lab book has been a labour of love. I’ve shared the highs and lows of the writing process and as publication looms I have to admit that I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.

I know that the whole point of writing a book is for it to be published and read, but I can’t help feeling that this thing that I have given so much of my time to, is going to feel somehow abandoned by me. In a strange way it’s not going to be MY book anymore, it’s going to belong to everyone who reads it and takes action based on the content. It’s a lot for one book (and me) to take in.

So, it seems that the best I can do to help it find its way is to introduce it to those people I think will most appreciate it, and that, dear readers, is you!

I would be truly delighted if you would join me, my colleagues, industry experts and presentation enthusiasts from around the globe to give The Presentation Lab book a launch like no other.

On Monday 31st March at 16.00 UK time (11.00 EDT / 08.00 PDT) I’ll be hosting a virtual launch party and anyone with an internet connection and an interest in effective business communications is welcome to join in.

Everyone who registers to attend will also get free access to read the first chapter of the book without ever having to find a quiet corner of a bookshop.

The event will include insight and comment from industry experts, a live Q&A with yours truly and a chance to win a copy of the book. Getting involved is really easy, simply click here to register and we’ll see you on the 31st.


So who should buy this book?

February 19th, 2014

A good friend of mine used to talk about his addiction to buying business books.  He confessed that the allure of browsing his local bookshop or jumping online and revelling in the vast range of options at Amazon or Barnes & Noble was becoming a bit of a problem.  He concluded that it was the ‘idea’ of reading the book that appealed more than actually cracking the spine and getting something tangible from the author – ‘shelf development’ rather than self development.

No author wants their opus to sit unloved, unread and un-annotated on a shelf (sure, the royalty cheque from the publisher will go a little way to salve the pain…but, trust me, not that much!).

Nope – they want their work to make a difference.  To change the way people approach things, to spark a new idea or simply reinforce the good practices already in place.  Same goes for The Presentation Lab.

So who should be buying The Presentation Lab and how do I hope it will impact the way they approach presentations? 

Let me explain…

Oh, and please promise me one thing.

If you’re good enough to spend your money on buying the book, please read it, add notes to it and make it part of your presentation development toolkit. An unread book is an unhappy book.

The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations is available to preorder now via AmazonBarnes & Noble and other booksellers of repute.


Why should we listen to YOU?

February 12th, 2014

Much to my surprise, I found the process of writing The Presentation Lab quite cathartic.  As the culmination of almost a decade of working with all manner of business presenters in a wide array of companies in many far flung places, it’s packed with lessons learned along with the way.  Quite a nice way of off-loading some of the issues that impact presenters every day.

It deals with the reality of business presentations, from the rising panic that comes with the realisation that your pitch has a notable absence of story or structure (let alone a clear message).

It addresses the constant allure of fancy new presentation technology…and then tells you what works best for different situations.

Oh, and it shares an insight into how to beat the culture of ‘Death by PowerPoint’ that so readily pervades businesses today.

And as all great presentations, it’s packed with stories and messages that are relevant to business presenters each and every day.  Presenters just like you…

The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations is available to preorder now via AmazonBarnes & Noble and other booksellers of repute.


The Presentation Lab – What’s It All About..?

February 5th, 2014

Now we’ve dealt with the tricky question regarding the need for yet another presentation book, we can dive into the good stuff.

  • What’s the book about?
  • What are the key messages?
  • How is it going to help business presenters in companies large and small all over the world?

If finding new ways of understanding and engaging with your audience, focussing your presentation message, delivering your story in a way that reflects your audiences requirements AND maximises the impact of the plethora of new technology is of interest, grab a coffee and settle in…

The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations is available to preorder now via AmazonBarnes & Noble and other booksellers of repute.


Is There A Need For Yet Another Presentation Book..?

January 30th, 2014

Today’s business presenter has never had it so good…

We’ve got more presentation tools available to us than ever before.  The internet is awash with blogs, Tweets and videos on how to be a great presenter.  Oh, and there are a multitude of books (some great, some not so) to fill in the gaps.

So the question remains – is there really a place for yet another book on the subject..?

The answer, simply, is ‘yes‘.

Yes‘ because much of the advice out there is confusing, contradictory or simply created by people who understand the theory but rarely get their hands dirty.  ‘Yes‘ because the Presentation Landscape is changing (fast) and business people need to know how to maximise the opportunity new technology and working cultures provide.  And, perhaps most importantly, ‘yes‘ because most business presentations remain resolutely unfit for purpose.

Let us explain:

The Presentation Lab: Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations is available to preorder now via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers of repute.


Signing Off The Print Run

January 9th, 2014

I won’t lie…this is very exciting.

Print proof sign off



2014 – The Final Countdown(ish)…

January 6th, 2014

2014 is a big year for us…

Nope – not because it’s the year that Andy Murray will (successfully) defend his Wimbledon title or that Lewis Hamilton will finally triumph over Sebastian Vettel.  Heck, it’s not even because this is the year that England will undoubtedly reclaim the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (well, you never know…).

The fact is that 2014 will finally see the release of The Presentation Lab – Learn The Formula Behind Powerful Presentations…and we’re all of a quiver about it.

This month sees us ramp up the pre-launch promotion of the book through a series of speaking engagements here in the UK and overseas.  Hear all about our packed schedule, the first official Presentation Lab print run and plans for the next few months here:

Until next time,



A Festive Sneaky Peek at The Presentation Lab

December 18th, 2013

As featured on our main Eyeful Presentations Blog

For everyone out there who has ever tried to sneakily prise up the Sellotape on a present or has progressed through the ‘heft – shake – squeeze‘ gift assessment to the ‘accidental corner rip’, here’s a Christmas treat…

A sneaky peek between the covers of The Presentation Lab: Learn the Formula Behind Powerful Presentations.

Now, that’s all you’re getting until next year..!