Microsoft PowerPoint now has a presenter coach that you can use to rehearse your presentations in front of the audience. This coach will give you a detailed report telling you how well you did and suggesting areas for improvement. How to use it.
How the presenter coach helps you with your presentations
Think of the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint as a trusted friend who will listen to you practice your presentations. This coach will review your entire presentation and report on your performance.
To the example, it rates how fast you speak and how often you use filler words like “uh” and “ah”. It also lets you know about words you might want to avoid and encourages you not to just read the words out loud on your slides.
Basically, if you need a second opinion on your presentation style, this is a great way to get it.
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What you will need
To use the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint you need:
- a Microsoft account or a Microsoft 365 work or school account
- a working internet connection
- a microphone (so that PowerPoint can hear what you are saying)
In addition, the Presenter Coach only works if you are using the English language in PowerPoint. Other languages will not be supported as of April 2021.
How to start the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint
PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach works for any presentation. You can use it with your commercial, educational, and even family presentations.
To use this feature, open your presentation in PowerPoint.
In the PowerPoint window, click the Slideshow tab on the ribbon at the top of the window.
Note: If you don’t see the Slide Show tab, you are probably in Slide Master view. Close this view by selecting “Slide Master” at the top and then clicking “Close Master View”.
On the Slide Show tab, click Rehearse with Coach to open PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach.
Your presentation will open in full screen mode. To activate the Presenter Coach, click on “Start trial” at the bottom right of your window. Optionally activate “Show real-time feedback” if you would like the coach to give you tips during the presentation.
Now start your presentation as usual. If you’ve turned on the real-time feedback option, you’ll see some tips in the lower right corner of your window.
When you have finished your presentation, press Esc to exit full screen mode. PowerPoint will now open your sample report.
Reading your sample report
It is important to read and analyze the presenter coach’s report properly. This will help you identify areas for improvement and see if you are okay.
Note: The report will go away as soon as you do close the report window. To save the report, take a screenshot of it.
In each section of the report, you will learn the following about your presentation:
- summary: The summary is how much time you spent practicing your presentation. It also shows the number of slides you have rehearsed.
- Fillers: In the Noise Words section you can see the Noise Words (umm, ah) that you used during your presentation. Using these noise words makes you sound less confident and you should try to avoid them.
- Sensitive sentences: Sensitive Phrases highlights culturally sensitive phrases that you have used in your presentation that you may want to avoid. She considers the following areas to be sensitive: disability, age, gender, race, sexual orientation, mental health, geopolitical issues, and profanity.
- tempo: The Tempo section shows you the tempo of your presentation. If you went too fast or too slow, this information is here.
- originality: Microsoft suggests not reading the text in your presentation slides, as this will make your presentation boring. Instead, you should use original content in your speech. The Originality section lets you know if you are just reading the text on your slides.
Now that you know where to improve, click the Rehearse button at the top of the report to re-present your presentation. When you’re done, PowerPoint creates another report detailing your new presentation performance.
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