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Brad Hawkes

Brad Hawkes

Brad is our Director of Brand Marketing. He’s unusually keen on all things communication and has spent the last decade dabbling in digital marketing and honing his skills as a copywriter, translator, and presenter. He’s always looking for simpler, clearer ways to say things and loves helping people develop their brand, create new concepts and craft quality content and get their message across. He also makes a fine cup of coffee.

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April 2, 2020 / 

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7 best practices for effective remote presentations

Whether you feel like a presentation pro or you get the shakes when it’s your turn to step up for a monthly report, delivering a deck remotely is often a different animal altogether to live presenting. No more relying on stage presence, charisma, persuasive body language or your ability to work a room. And if you're more of a butterflies-on-steroids presenter, you probably think this is your ticket out; Finally, I don’t need to bother with all that empty rhetoric stuff and can get straight to business. 

Not so fast!  

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March 12, 2020 / 

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Why bother with digital asset management?

Well, if you have a company logo and at least one colleague who sometimes need to use it, technically you’re already practicing some form of digital asset management. The question is whether you’re doing it well or not.

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February 4, 2020 / 

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How to unleash creativity and still ensure brand consistency

If you're anything like most brand and marketing managers, you probably get accused of being a bit of a control freak from time to time. You're constantly encouraging (read: nagging) people to use compliant, branded templates and images, and you might even be guilty of waving that beloved brand manual of yours around at team meetings reminding people to read it regularly and follow the party (company) line at all times. 

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January 22, 2020 / 

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How to stop bad presentations damaging your business

It’s said that around 35 million PowerPoints are created every single day. My guess is that at least a couple of those are at your organization. The question isn’t whether the presentation as a communication tool is still going strong or whether people are still using PowerPoint. The questions is: Are the decks any good?

 

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December 13, 2019 / 

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How to boost your brand with empowered employees

Gone are the days of the 9-5 slog. Now your employees are more than mere clock-punchers—they’re vital team members with the autonomy to make their own decisions in business. Or at least they should be.

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December 9, 2019 / 

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How better brand control will benefit your company

Brand control. It’s a scary term for a simple concept. Your brand is the face of your company. Mess with it and people might struggle to recognize you. Keep it consistent, and you’ll soon build a positive reputation.

And getting a grip on your company's identity isn’t just beneficial for your customers. Done properly, brand control can save you a lot of time—not to mention stress.

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October 29, 2019 / 

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Why you're not the star of your presentation

We need to tell you a tale about stories. Why? Well, people have been sharing their stories since the dawn of time. According to research, it's still by far the best method for making a message stick. It probably won’t surprise you to know that our brains are wired to absorb narratives better than bullet lists or long informative texts.

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September 11, 2019 / 

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5 things to try in your next PowerPoint presentation

If you're creating presentations all the time, it's easy to get stuck and keep doing the same thing. You know, duplicate an old deck and tweak it instead of starting from scratch. In this post, we give you five new things to try next time you're creating a PowerPoint. 

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May 22, 2019 / 

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How storytelling can make you a better presenter

We need to talk about storytelling. Why? Because people have been telling stories since the dawn of time, and according to research, it's still by far the best method there is for making a message stick. It probably won’t surprise you that our brains are wired to absorb narratives better than bullets lists and long informative texts.

So, wherever possible, try to find ways to include stories that illustrate your points. And when you can’t tell a story, you can still use story structure to help make your presentation more compelling.  We'll show you how.

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April 24, 2019 / 

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How to create impactful introductions in PowerPoint

You only get one first impression and people will decide whether or not to listen in a matter of seconds. So, instead of wasting your intro on irrelevant background info about yourself or your company, start with a bang.

In this post, we'll show you how.  

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Award winner for People's Choice category. 2018 Office App Awards

Award winner for Best user experience category. 2018 Office App Awards

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