Review of PowerPoint Presenter Coach with 3 Live Examples
The answer to your stage fright microsoft claims that their built in presenter coach can help you eliminate amateur mistakes and improve your delivery to academy award level. I don’t know let’s see i’m going to walk you through three different presentation. Styles. To understand how the built in tools of presenter coach works in real life, hi i’m les mccarter and i’ve been teaching and presenting with powerpoint since the 1990s partypoint presenter coach is now everywhere on windows, on mac, even on your phone and online with office 365. i’m. Going to run through three different styles of presentations with the microsoft presenter coach, giving me advice along the way together, you and i are going to look at the results and with your own ears and eyes, you can judge how good the advice is so i’m working Within this little green screen and over here is my actual powerpoint presentation, so you’re going to see me speak and present at the same time, so let’s go ahead and give this a try and you, let me know which one you think works we’re going to power Up and get you started here’s our first presentation, i’m, going to run through it it’s going to probably be the worst of the three and i’m not going to be using the script or structure talking points, but instead i’m going to just wing it. Using the bullet points, as i see them pop up on the screen – note that i do have to go at least 60 seconds to get a base score from the presenter coach and i’m going to need to exaggerate my presentation style to set off the coaching tips.
Hold on while i get it started, you’ll see that i’m over here on my present on my screen. You can see my little green screens over here i’m going to go ahead, i’m in slideshow and i’m going to choose rehearse with coach. Let me click it. It puts me back in my presentation and down here: i’m going to click and we’re going to get going, so here goes tips to making a great presentation. Okay, guys. This is my presentation and i think of some things that you guys need to know so. Let’S just take a look here. Are the three keys to a presentation. You ready: okay, the first one, a goal without a goal of without a goal of why you’re making this presentation? Why even do it it’s going to waste your time and your audience’s time? If you don’t know what the goal, the presentation is, so determine what you’re going to do. First, once you have your goal, you then need to create a story arc. A story arc is like making the goals, take place, you’re going to create a beginning in the middle and in to kind of prove what you want to achieve in your goal. Then, once you’ve got your story arc, you then need to marry up your partnership of your visuals and your auditory. You want the words on the slides to speak and match so they know each other. You know what i mean. The idea here is to make sure that everything kind of works together.
Lastly, you got ta have something called a call to action. A call to action is where you tell people why they’re listening to this they’re kind of reinforcing the goal of what you’re trying to do of your presentation, because if you don’t call to action once again, you kind of wasted your opportunity. So, after that you got to practice, uh and and maybe maybe practice some more and if that’s not enough, you you might, you might want to think about using the microsoft presenter, coach, okay, let’s, just close this out i’m going to hit the escape key it’s going To pop up with report and let’s take a look at what the report is telling us here. Basically, it said we did a good job. We spent about a minute 45 seconds later on. We’Ll talk a little more about how you should probably optimize this to not to be more than one minute per slide. They said that basically um. I need to get rid of some of my filler words and you heard the um’s and the odds it didn’t catch. All of them, um, the you guys said i should probably suggest it to you the words for minutes 136. Some people speak too slow too fast. It gives us good peace, and it shows us the pace over time that we kind of were in the target. But you can see that we vary up and down here uh for the most part we didn’t use any of the slides.
I go down here. We kind of avoided reading the slides. In our case, although you could tell i was reading the slides as we go forward so i’m, going to close this down and let’s do the next one: okay, let’s, do this a second time around we’re, going to use a little slightly different slide and i’m going To be using what i call a set of structured talking points which i’m going to show over here on the screen once i edit this video before putting it up on youtube. But the structured talking points are a little more elaborate than the bullet points that you see on the presentation to make sure that i cover all the pieces. I’Ve actually practiced this, so i should run a little more smoothly with that i’m going to go ahead and start the recording – and here we go. The very first part of any presentation is to know your goal. If you don’t know your goal before you even begin the creation of your presentation, you don’t even know where you’re going so how’s your audience, going to understand what they’re supposed to understand so nail down that goal before you get going once you’ve got your goal firmly In your head, then, you can start to create the story arc in the slides that you’re creating like a great movie or a novel. What you want to do is you want to make sure that you have a beginning, a middle and the end.
The beginning is the goal that you’re going to announce up front. The middle is where you’re going to develop all your ideas, and the end is when you’re going to actually start to make sure that you call for the answer of what you bring up inside your presentation before you actually make the presentation. The next thing you need to do is to look through your presentation and the words you need to think that the words and what you’re going to say are going to match. You need to have them work in unison, but not be identical. Once you got your presentation put together, you need to make sure, at the very end that you have what we call the call to action. You got to ask the question to make sure that your audience are buying in because, if you are not asking the question and not achieving the goals of your presentation, then why even give it? Okay let’s see how that turned out. Now we look through here once again, 90 seconds, maybe a little long and i rambled a bit, but i did cover all the points because i had an idea what i was speaking i didn’t have any fillers. I had no sensitive phrases along the way. My pace was once again at a pretty good pace and you can see here it’s a little more consistent, not much, but a little more consistent than what we had in our previous one, the pitch.
You can see that i had my pitch. That kind of went up and down so there was a variety to it and i did avoid reading the slide out loud. So let’s do this we’re going to rehearse and go on to the next one, which is going to be our final presentation, and our last test is going to be based on me working from a much practiced and written script. This is where i plotted out my words and my voice inflections in advance. So let me get this started and we’ll see how this is going to go. How do you best prepare for an on stage presentation? It depends on your comfort on stage and experience with working with powerpoint. The decision that you need to make is what’s most effective. The most effective way for precision is to write a script to work from that will help you be your most eloquent and keep you from missing any key points, but it does require the upfront work and writing and then memorization plus lots of practice to nail down The script and the voice and the drama, if you’re comfortable with talking points, that’s an alternative. The talking points in front of a group is going to. Let you elect to use the strategy of talking to the people and not from the script. This is not winging. It it’s a practice memorization of your key points and using the slides to keep you on track.
It also requires practice, but if done correctly, it will appear more natural in a group presentation. Did i remind you to practice and yes, practice and practice and practice some more having a trusted friend to give a critical feedback is a great way to practice. But if you have no trusted friends or no one available at 3am the night before the presentation then think about using microsoft’s powerpoint presenter coach to give a different perspective on your presentation. Okay, let’s see how that turned out look through here and once again, still maybe a little long, but we basically had no filler words. There were no sense of phrases because it was scripted and we made sure that we eliminated those. The pace was once again pretty consistent. You can see here in this case here. The pace was really right in that mark towards the upper range. I tend to talk a little fast and that’s just my style. If we look at the pitch, you can see the pitch kind of did vary up and down. So once again that worked very well for us and we didn’t read the scott slides along the way. So in this particular situation, the scripted version, i believe, worked best but let’s see what you think. Okay. In summary, our goal was to determine how good presenter coach is in giving you actionable advice. Reviewing my three sample presentation styles, which did you like the best leave. Your thumbnails thoughts in the comments below did you like the one, the winging it version or the structures, speaking points or the scripted version, and did the coach agree with you? For the most part, the tool does provide some interesting information, including pace and voice and inflection variations and the average time per slide.
But, in my opinion, it’s just a starter. You need a live critic to listen and give you feedback, but the biggest advantage is that it forces you to practice and practice and practice to wrap up. Do you want to get better at powerpoint power up training has dozens of free tutorials on our youtube channels. Such as getting ready for going on stage or how to design and write, compelling slide decks or digging more into script versus no script subscribe to our channel and share with your co workers.