Helping you stand out

We are the specialists

Presentations Our key job is to get your message across to your audience.

"Showcase are geniuses at making your presentation much better than it deserves to be."
Dame Marjorie Scardino

Design services Templates, brochures, web sites, infographics, newsletters - we create, build and deliver.

It has been a pleasure working with Showcase. Their work is always of a high standard, totally compliant with our brand guidelines – and consistently delivered on time and within budget.
Christine Thompson, UK Government Relations, SABMiller

Training & Coaching We train, we coach, we mentor, we run brilliant workshops.

"I learnt more practical tips on your course than
on any of the other courses that I have attended
over the years."
Lynne

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Showcase has been helping create better presentations since 1981 – we pioneered modern presentations (learn more here).

We work for major international companies. We work for small private companies. We work for individuals.

Many clients have been with us for years.

We love presentations. We love applying good design to a good story.

Because good presentation helps business and enhances careers.

Martin Conradi

Martin founded Showcase in the early 1980s; with a background in marketing and advertising he was among the very first to realise the potential for computers in presentations. He has run presentations for clients all over the world and strongly believes in simplicity and impact to drive presentations. He is a keen photographer and loves to travel.

Richard Hall

Richard’s early career was in big brand marketing; he then managed the creative ad agency FCO. He is Chairman of Showcase, a strategic business consultant and speaking coach and mentor to senior executives. His book ‘Brilliant Presentations’ (one of many business books he has written), is a best selling book on the subject and has been published throughout the world.

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Katie Fowler

Katie is an accomplished PowerPoint editor and operator and an experienced manager of conferences and presentations large and small. Her particular forte is highly organised, detailed design jobs such as pitch documents. Katie manages some of Showcase’s biggest accounts; she is also our expert on wine.

Lisa O’Meara

Lisa has worked with execs in FTSE100s to entrepreneurs in startups. With high level expertise in Adobe & Office products, she has considerable experience in helping clients put their best face forward. Lisa is better travelled than the rest of us put together.

We’ve been in business for years, working with the biggest and best, delivering fast and on budget.

Showcase have added real panache to our presentations. They have helped us see how our brand guidelines can help create real impact.

Nigel Pocklington
Chief Marketing Officer
Hotels.com

We have worked with Showcase at events throughout the UK. Their great precision, communication and professionalism ensures that expectations are always exceeded.

Paul Gilley
Managing Director
Onyx Presentations

The team at Showcase have a real talent for creating impactful and compelling visual material that can help deliver great presentations.

Nigel Dickie
Director, Corp & Gov Affairs
Heinz UK & Ireland

Showcase are geniuses at making your presentation much better than it deserves to be. I'm always thankful for their careful design, reliable technical support, and kind advice.

Dame Marjorie Scardino
Former Chief Executive
Pearson plc

I have worked with the team at Showcase for over 15 years, during that time they have never failed to meet expectations and to deliver, even against impossible timelines. They have embraced technology changes to ensure a professional and high quality service at all times.

Sue Clark
Managing Director
SABMiller Europe

What a fantastic job you did at the conference - a real team effort. People are still raving about it here.

Rupert Maitland-Titterton
Director, Comms, Central & N Europe
Tetra Pak

Showcase have proved an invaluable resource over many years, both creatively to get messages across simply and stylishly, and organisationally when complicated things needed doing in a hurry and with total reliability.

Steve Sharp
Executive Director, Marketing
Marks & Spencer

Presentations

We like pictures, we like brevity,
we like emotion.

We design templates. We create and enhance presentations for screen display or for print.

And we’ve done it all over the world – for multinationals and for small businesses.

We never forget what presentations are for – to get your ideas across and for audiences to understand them.

Good slides make you look cogent and professional, poor slides confuse and irritate.

“In an information economy the ability to convey facts and argument clearly may be the most valuable skill of all.”

Thomas Weber, Stanford University

“Bad presentation is tantamount to fraud.”

Financial Times

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Design services

We design. we create. we deliver.

Good design matters. It says positive things about you at a glance.
It tells people instantly what sort of company or person you are, what you aspire to be and why they should pay attention to what you say.

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

Steve Jobs, Wired magazine 1996

“Clear graphics convey clear thinking.”

Edward Tufte

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What can we do to help?

Templates

The template is the cornerstone of good PowerPoint presentations.

A well designed template will make all your presentations look more consistent and more professional. It will save you hours of work and help harmonise all your presentations so that slides from one can readily be used elsewhere.

Web

We design web pages for small or individual sites.

Branding & marketing materials

We produce brochures, fliers and office stationery.

Infographics

Infographics make the complex easy to understand when done well. We are experts in this.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Successfully trained office puppy

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Languages in which Richard Hall’s best selling book ‘Brilliant Presentations’ is sold in

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The longest slide sequence we ever produced for a 15 min presentation about elephants

Training & Coaching

We train, we coach, we run brilliant workshops.

We cover the theory but we focus on the practical. We will show you how to do it so you’ll never forget.

We have many years of hands-on experience to help you:

  • develop the story that underpins every successful presentation
  • translate your message into compelling visuals
  • present it powerfully and professionally

We train operators to advance their PowerPoint skills.

We coach speakers to be (at worst) good or (at best) brilliant.

We run workshops to develop skills, introduce new ideas and unleash creativity.

“I learnt some new things about myself and the art of presenting which will be career changing... and I had a lot of fun.”

Charles Sampson, CEO Y&R China

“It was so much more than I expected and the tips you passed on just couldn't be picked up from a manual.”

Marie

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Helping you stand out

Powerpoint skills training

Show us a skilled PowerPoint operator and we will show you a regular user.

PowerPoint skills come from practice. So we build our training round your practical day-to-day needs, your template or a live presentation you are working on.

Upgrading to a new version?  We can help familiarise you quickly

A key presentation coming up? We can set you on the right path.

If you simply want greater skills and understanding of what PowerPoint offers, we’re the experts.

We keep groups small (two to five people); this ensures everyone gets some 1-2-1 time to help them in the areas where they need it most.

 

Executive Coaching

The ability to get your argument across is the most important management skill of all. You need only three things. Expert coaching. And practice helped by an expert; and then more practice.

Many people are never as good as they could be. Because they suffer from nerves, lack of preparation, confused thinking or poor material.

We can help anyone become a competent speaker. If you are already competent we can help you become brilliant.

“A person can have the greatest idea in the world…but if that person can’t convince enough other people, it doesn’t matter.”

Professor Gregory S. Berns, Emory University, USA

Workshops

Run well, workshops inspire a whole team into aspiring to collective transformation in presenting.

They teach you what you have to do to get better, lift your expectations and bring everyone together.

Use them to introduce new templates, designs and ways of working; or to help operators and speakers understand how they work together better; or to improve ‘buy-in’ of new concepts and ideas.

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Some of our great clients

  • Balfour Beatty

    Financial Times

    Hotels.com

    Kingfisher

    Dept of Energy & Climate Change

    Marks & Spencer

    Pearson

    TetraPak

    SABMiller

    Swarovski

    Thomas Cook

    Feel Good Co

    EOC Partners

  • Penguin Books

    Trinity Communications

    HJ Heinz

    Beechams

    British Land

    Eliot Partnership

    EOC Partners

    Euro RSCG

    Expedia

    Yell!

    DunnellGillingwater & Associates

    Brunswick

  • Grayling

    Maitland

    Merchant

    Game Group

    Hovis

    Ladbrokes

    Microsoft

    National Express

    St James Place Capital

    Tate & Lyle

    TowerBrook

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Case histories

Some examples of the way we work

A presentation

A client calls us with a draft presentation – most of the content is there but it needs tidying up, pictures found and better quality logos sourced. The charts are from several different sources so they need to be made consistent.

Done and Delivered

A video presentation

The client wants to include several short video clips – several on each slide – that the presenter can choose to show only if they need to. She wants to add some relevant animation to key charts.

Done and Delivered

Template design

A client needs a new template; the previous one was put together by an expensive design company but doesn’t work well and is hard to use. They have certain key chart types and want examples for their staff to follow.

Done and Delivered

Conferences

An international client wants scripts prepared, slides made and an on-site team to handle rehearsals, last-minute changes, and the show. It must be of the highest quality as all their senior management are on show.

Done and Delivered

Training

Users are having problems with an unfamiliar template. They want training in the practical issues they are facing as well as improving their overall skills so they can work faster.

Done and Delivered

Coaching and Workshops

A management team needing to better understand how to develop successful presentations and get their arguments across. A 1-day interactive workshop focusing on developing the structure, creating the slides and delivering the presentation.

Done and Delivered

And there’s more!

Our top 10 PowerPoint presenting tips!

Books by Richard and Martin

Richard has written best-selling business books on several aspects of strategy and presenting; he and Martin co-wrote That Presentation Sensation.

FT Prentice Hall commissioned Richard to write 'Success'. He followed that up with Brilliant Marketing, Brilliant Presentations and others, now translated into 17 languages.

  • Success

    Success. We all want it, but we often feel like we’re not getting enough. This is the book to help you identify what success is, according to your own definition, and then guide you through the core set of skills, behaviours and attributes needed to help you achieve the success you deserve.

  • Secrets

    These are real secrets. Pearls of wisdom learnt through years of experience in some of the most competitive companies around. They are the secrets that seriously successful people use to get ahead, even when times are tough.

  • Brilliant Presentation

    Packed full of anecdotes from the most accomplished presenters around, this book contains all the tools, tips and encouragement you need to make a sensational presentation. It covers every aspect of presenting, from preparation and planning right through to dealing with nerves and mastering the art of presentation performance.

  • Presentation Sensation

    Be good, be clear, be unforgettable... Everyone knows that presentations matter. They make or break ideas and careers. They change minds. They can enhance or destroy value - yours and your company's. It has never been more important to learn the art of commanding attention, of getting your message across so that people remember it - and you.

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