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Clearpreso client: Trustev

March 6, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of working with, yet another, exciting Irish startup named Trustev. Their goal is to help eliminate the massive problem of online fraud with their unique social fingerprinting technology. The guys had an opportunity to pitch at the prestigious London Web Summit in a startup competition and they came to me looking for help with their visuals.

From the initial contact with Ed, he has been nothing short of amazing in the quality of his work, his responsiveness to urgent time-sensitive deadlines, all at a very reasonable price. We have had excellent feedback from our customers on the quality of our messaging delivered by Ed. He’s got the safest hands in Powerpoint – we won’t use anyone else! – John Peavoy, Director of Sales

The pitch went very well for the lads who finished in the top 4 on the day. Check out their presentation below… And keep an eye on these lads because they are going places!

Presentations MATTER: Some simple tips for awesome presentations

February 28, 2013

I decided that due to client demand for Keynote presentations that I should become an Apple man, so a few months ago I bought a macbook pro… I have to say it is indeed a nice piece of hardware. 

Below is my presentation on presentations (wow right) that has been revamped and designed in Keynote. My first experiences with Keynote have been largely positive, but I have to say I’m not quite there in terms of understanding how it is supposedly so superior to powerpoint on pc. 

At the moment I am running a 2 computer system with osx and windows 7 running on different comps, will keep you all updated on how I find the experience of each going forward.

Saying you are “Super-excited” makes you sound like a child…

November 8, 2012

… And not a very smart child at that!

What is it with the people (esp the tech community) describing everything as “super-cool” or “super-exciting” or “super-insert word here”. There are other words out there you know, and they won’t make you seem like an excitable teen who has just bought a super-tasty mocha in Starbucks. In fact this “super” practice belongs in the same category as “omg” and describing even the most mundane of things as “awesome”.

You can forgive the average Joe on the street for throwing out the S word a lot, but I find it is worst with the (tech) journalists, the wordsmiths of our time. It was in fact a video review on the otherwise excellent “The Verge” website that worked me up into this tizzy. In one short video review, Joshua Topolsky (editor-in-chief of the site), who I do really like, described the iPad mini in the following terms:

Super-thin and super-light

Then:

I dont know if they are looking at it as a super-cheap version of the iPad

And then most ridiculously…

The iPad mini starts at a not super-cheap $329″

Are you serious… “not super-cheap”… I don’t think I would have been allowed to hand in assignments in highschool with that level of English, lets hold ourselves up to a high standard please.

(Here’s a fun place to find out how much the “super” epidemic has spread, checkout the tweet stream for the word “super”: https://twitter.com/search?q=super&src=typd)

Presentations Matter – A presentation at UCD Nova

October 30, 2012

Recently I made my annual trek out to University College Dublin to give a talk to their “Campus Company Development Program” participants on Why Presentations Matter.

To any readers who were there in attendance I hope you enjoyed the presentation, if you have any presentation questions you can reach me any time at ed@clearpreso.com or here on twitter.

To anyone who missed the talk, I hope the slides below can fill you in on what you missed

(Apologies for the poor image quality, slideshare seems to have ruined a few of them in the conversion process)

How are we Presenting 2012

September 18, 2012

So its been a year since I conducted my last presentation survey, and now I’m posting, the newer, better, more up to date “How are we Presenting 2012″, check it out below and let me know what you think!

My newest “How to” video for ParkByText.com

July 4, 2012

I have recently been doing some work for http://www.Parkbytext.com a great company based in Dublin that enables customers to make parking reservations by text (rather than by heading over to a parking machine, hoping you have enough change, and heading back to your car to put the sticker on the window etc etc)

Check out the video below and let me know what you think, if you wan’t a video like this  you know where to reach me!… And if you don’t it’s Ed@clearpreso.com :-) 

Hey Irish startups, here are 5 reasons I’d love to work with you on your next big presentation!

April 18, 2012

Hi, I’m Ed and I run Clear Presentation Design, I’m a tweeter, blogger, photographer (wannabe) but more importantly a presentation designer that can help you deliver awesome presentations that get results.

I live and work in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin and work with companies of all sizes, from big business – to SME’s – to one man bands, to create simple, clear and engaging presentations.

I really love working with startups and small businesses (because I run one myself), so if you run one, or work for one I’d love to get in touch with you and see if I can help you create amazing content and visuals for your presentations, because I love watching startups go out there and kick ass!

So, why should you consider working with me? Well let me tell you in five short points!

 

1. My presentations can get you results

My clients get results! Last year two clients I worked with on creating great presentations won substantial funding in prestigious startup competitions in Ireland. These companies were entering funding competitions and needed brilliant presentations that could convince the judges that their idea was head and shoulders above the rest.

The first client, Tethras (a wonderful company offering App localisation) ended up winning €20k in funding in the Seedcorn Business Competition.

The second client I also worked with was www.scrazzl.com who were pitching at the finals of the NDRC Launchpad competition. Scrazzl also ended up winning €20k in funding! I have continued to work with David and his team on great presentations (you can check out one here) and they are going from strength to strength.

If you want a killer slide-deck for customers, partners or investors, then Ed is your man. Ed worked with us on a number of projects and his attention to detail and creativity was really impressive. Ed has been and continues to be a great marketing asset for our business
David Kavanagh, CEO of Scrazzl

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2. Better presentations through better understanding – Equal parts business knowledge and design

I am not a trained graphic designer, and for business presentations that’s a good thing. I have found that traditional graphic designers just don’t understand how audiences really interact with presentation slides and end up producing an end product which looks “on brand” but does an awful job at communicating information to the audience!

I do however have a great design sense and create great visuals, however this is always with an understanding of the business situation at hand.

I graduated with a business (BComm) degree from University College Dublin where I studied everything from finance to HR but ended up specialising in what I loved, which was marketing. It was in college that I became fascinated with how to make presentations more clear, engaging and effective. I went on to represent the University at two presentation competitions around the world, and after college and a few jobs in the areas of marketing and data analysis I decided that I would make creating better presentations my day job, so I created Clear Presentation Design.

Engaging visuals are only half the battle of any presentation. The other half is getting the story of the product or idea right, because I understand the business side I can help with this too. Typically I help clients get the story of their business proposition right and THEN look at how great design can help communicate that idea in a clear, engaging and memorable fashion to the intended audience.

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3. I can help your presentation have a longer lifespan, further reach

One of the more annoying problems with presentations is that once they are done, they are done. This can be pretty annoying, especially if you have put weeks of work into creating an awesome presentation. In an ideal world this presentation could live on in another form and reach other people who are interested in your product or service. Well you’re in luck! With some minor tweaks here or there I can help you ensure that your presentation can have a longer lifespan and reach more people… Online!

In the past I have worked with clients on creating recorded versions of their presentation which can be uploaded to their website, twitter, youtube, facebook… basically anywhere your target audience are. I have also had great success with creating versions of presentations that work well on slideshare.com which is essentially the “Youtube” for presentations.

When used properly online resources like this can get your content many thousands of views and allows that content you have worked so hard on to reach people who couldn’t be in the audience on the day of your presentation.

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4. We’ll make a great presentation with world beating design

Although official presentation “credentials” are hard to come by I can tell you that in the last two editions of Slideshare.com’s  “Worlds Best Presentation Contest” I finished in the top 10 (out of several thousand entries) on both occasions, so you can rest assured that I am pretty good at what I do :-)

I have had continued success with my Slideshare uploads and my latest deck was shared heavily on social media and since its upload it has amassed over 90k views!

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5. Zero risk, try my services for free!

I understand that making the decision to bring in design services can be a tough one to make, it can be hard to visualise what the end result might be like. So with that in mind I offer a free trial of my services! You can send me an existing presentation (or even sketched up slides on a piece of paper) and I will redesign and send you back 3 or 4 of the tougher slides along with some feedback. And as I mentioned before that’s FREE :-)

Not everyone decides to go ahead and get the whole presentation done and that’s fine, but about four out of every five do, and they are always happy with the end result! And what’s more my services are more afforable than you might think, so go on, get in touch and let’s see if we can work together on your next big presentation.

You can reach me by email @ ed@clearpreso.com
And why not  add me on twitter @clearpreso
Or you can check out my full site at www.clearpreso.com

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