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19 AUGUST 2016

Matt Roper

If you visit this blog often you’ll know football is my favourite sport. Everything else (usually) pales into insignificance, well, Wimbledon might get my interest should Murray make the final…

But, on Tuesday night, this all changed! I was engrossed by the Rio Olympic cycling and the amazing success Team GB had in the form of Jason Kenny winning his sixth gold medal and his fiancée Laura Trott picking up her fourth gold – I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of these two before.

However, it was the Individual Sprint that was the most exciting cycling event. This was basically the best of 3 short races – I can’t quite believe I now understand how cycle races work!

In the first race German rider Kristina Vogel easily won against Team GB’s Becky James. So in the second race the pressure was on James not to lose again. The Brit picked up the pace and as they headed neck and neck for the finish line, Vogel lunged her bike forward with such force, her saddle ripped off in the process…

So, Vogel took the gold medal by giving it one last blast of effort…

Just as Bahama runner Shaunae Miller did on Sunday… Miller was in second place in the 400m as she neared the finish line, but with one last gasp she dived over the finish line to take gold!

So real proof that giving it one last blast of effort can help you reap the rewards.

It works the same for presentations…

If your presentation is coming to finish line, what final one percent can you give it to help you into first place?

Stop, take a breath, and think for a moment about your objective. What was the reason you walked into that meeting or event? Think about this and then naturally lead your audience to the call to action you want them to follow.

It sounds simple because it is, yet so many PowerPoint presentation design’s lack this most basic and important element.

When it comes to your presentation this is your lunge, leap or lean.

The truth is though that it was the preparation and sacrifice over the previous 4 years that delivered the result.  Olympian’s don’t win gold because of short cuts or last minute panics… the same goes for powerful presentations.

“I’m just so happy that it all came together (on the day). I honestly can’t thank everyone at home enough… Like the people we work with in the gym to the people that look at our power data, my nutritionist… Especially to my coach… who has me stropping because I can’t do the powers that he’s given me, to then today when it goes really, really well.”
Laura Trott, Team GB Cyclist, moments after winning her 4th gold medal.

Hard work caming together at the exact right time is Trott’s key sentiment here. The instant a presenter steps out in front of an audience, their moment of truth begins too.

An Olympic event and a presentation are both the culmination of a lot of hard work – opportunities to present take a lot of time and effort to generate, equally it takes a lot of hard work and determination to plan, create and deliver a successful presentation.

Which is why this presentation design company exists - Eyeful are the team behind the world’s best business presentations.

So to make sure your presentation is on course for a gold medal, just get in touch with the team that will support you all the way to the podium…