Last night saw the Eyeful Labs host an event for around 30 APMP UK members, all of whom got to enjoy some fancy sandwiches whilst getting lots of great presentation related advice from Eyeful’s Simon Morton.
Simon, a renowned presentation expert and author of the acclaimed book The Presentation Lab was fresh from speaking at Microsoft events in London and Barcelona. Happy to be on home turf, he was delighted to share concepts and examples of best practice from both his book and experience of working with clients on 'must win' bids.
The audience were a lovely group of people from all different businesses, their commonality being that they were all members of the APMP…
APMP UK is the UK chapter of the ‘Association of Bid and Proposal Management Professionals’ which is the body that defines and supports best practice in the areas of bids, proposals and business acquisition.
Bids and presentations go hand in hand as we only know too well at Eyeful, having worked on so many of these presentations over the years.
I think back to the time a client told me how the presentation we created for them played a significant part in helping them win a bid worth £90m... You don’t forget that sort of feedback!
Last night’s audience were treated to a bespoke ‘bid specific’ lecture based on content from Eyeful’s modular presentation training suite – which covers the entire presentation lifespan from creating the initial story right through to Advance PowerPoint Training.
The first part of the lecture was about changing the way the audience thought about presentations, which after years of bullet point conditioning and overloaded slide content, this a lot harder than most people think.
This was about learning to break old habits and to basically plan your presentation in a whole new way. It was about discovering the right balance between message and content
Simon also focussed on the most important element of any presentation, the audience, introducing concepts such as the Audience Heatmap.
Delivering a presentation is about way more than simply standing and talking. So many presenters believe a click by click linear presentation is the right tool for every scenario.
Simon introduced the concept of the Presentation Landscape and the theory behind using the right presentation tool at the right time, for example smaller informal meetings would be better suited to an interactive tablet based presentation.
The aim of the evening was for people to leave with a whole new mind-set when it comes to creating presentations…
“Very interesting and helpful, I am actually looking forward to working on my presentation tomorrow morning!”
“Thank you for opening my eyes to a new perspective towards presenting.”
Based on the feedback we received, it was clearly mission accomplished…
To have your event members or indeed your large team get some expert presentation advice in the Eyeful Labs, just give us a ring on 01455 826390 and we'll tailor a course just for you.