Posts Tagged ‘Eyeful Presentations’

So who should buy this book?

Wednesday, 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.

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

Thursday, 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.

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A Festive Sneaky Peek at The Presentation Lab

Wednesday, 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..!

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Barnes & Noble and Amazon – Thanking You Kindly…

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

It may be a little early to start wistfully pondering the highs and lows of 2013 but, armed with some particularly exciting news from our friends at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, I simply couldn’t help myself…

In light of this news, 2014 looks like it’s going to be a busy one! We’re building the Eyeful USA team in anticipation of a lot of activity in North America following the publication of The Presentation Lab book as well as readying the troops across Europe.

2013 has been an amazing year…but I CANNOT wait for 2014 to start. 

Until then, have a wonderful and peaceful festive break,

Simon

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Time for the Peer Review…

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I won’t lie – this whole book creation thing can get a little nerve-wracking…

After months of internal debate about the structure of the book and bucketloads of sweat over the choice of analogy, you finally hand over the finished manuscript to the publisher (in our case, the lovely people at Wiley).  The good news is that they loved it and are excited about sharing it with the world.

The next stage is to then share the manuscript with the industry bods you most admire and ask them for their opinion.  This is where it gets properly scary.

So…what was the verdict from luminaries like Cliff Atkinson, Nancy Duarte, Andy Bounds and Joni Galvao?  Click below where all is revealed.

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No Rest For The Wicked…

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A few days have passed since hitting the ‘Send’ button and pinging the Presentation Lab manuscript over to our chums at Wiley…

The visions I had of drinking post-deadline Mojitos next to a glimmering pool have quickly been banished by a roll-out of important new material to our UK consultant and marketing teams (expect a call soon if you work with any of them).

The good news is that the new elements of the Presentation Optimization process have gone down a storm with one and all. The bad news is that my Mojito is disappearing into the distance as I dive into the preparation of similar sessions for our overseas teams.

My ‘Mojito time’ will come…soon.

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Manuscript Complete.

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The words have been smithed.

The spelling has been checked.

The dedication and thanks are in place.

Thanks & Acknowledgements

Next up – finalising the artwork.

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Spreading The Good Word – ‘The Presentation Lab’ Hits The Airwaves

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The fine people of Dublin got to hear all about ‘The Presentation Lab’ book as well as pick up a few hints and tips along the way.

We thought we’d share (just in case you don’t live in Dublin)

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Mindmapping with Marvin Gaye

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The early morning sun glistens through the window.

“What’s Going On” plays loudly on the stereo (the best album ever released by Motown – fact).

And the final mindmap for the book is complete.

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Life is good…

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Everyday I Write The Book*

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Friends of mine who have written books (@nancyduarte, @andy_bounds, @echosvoice and @jonigalvao to name but a few) warned me that this whole book writing thing become an all-consuming part of your life.  They weren’t wrong.

As the deadline looms, my diary has swathes of time blocked out for writing – super early mornings and late nights are now the norm.  The dreaded writer’s block has raised it’s ugly head again (bizarrely on the most straightforward of all sections – visuals) and, amidst all of this, the business is closing out it’s third quarter.

Busy times…but happy ones.  We’re on the final stretch but still lots of writing to do…and then the dreaded edits!  Despite the frustrations of the last few days, the book seems to be making the evolution from personal passion to something that can stand on it’s own two feet.  I’m like a proud father.

Until next time,

Simon

* Well…what’s a blog if you can’t quote Elvis Costello now and again?

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