PowerPoint Features to Enhance Your Presentations

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Show off your slides…

Everybody knows that PowerPoint is great at putting together slideshows to create an array of presentations.  Whether you create plain and simple presentations or create visual spectacles, there are tools that you may not be aware of.

There is an ongoing shift between creating content for presentations, as well as how are you presenting. This includes content to speaking balance, how your dialect, speech and body language is used. The focus is now on how you deliver and present your content, rather than the content itself.  Many creators  simply use PowerPoint in a way to export that content in a visual medium for others. A handful of new tools are worth highlighting as they help give you the edge when it comes to deploying your presentations.

Presenter Coach

There are some tools being released in the coming months that will provide an extra dimension to help improve your slideshows. Presenter Coach allows you to rehearse your presentation, looking out for any speech patterns or mistakes that could be improved. Things like talking too fast or saying “um” a lot are just some of the areas that Presenter Coach looks out for. Upon finishing your rehearsal, Presenter Coach will provide a dashboard with potential pitfalls and ways to improve your presentation. . You can also download a report on how well your rehearsal went, which gives you a reference point. This is an excellent tool that focuses on the delivery of your presentation rather than just the content

Subtitles

Auto generated subtitles are another welcome addition to the online version of PowerPoint. As you speak, subtitles will appear on your screen so the audience can follow along. This is useful if you do not have pre-made subtitles or the room you’re speaking in is tricky for the audience to hear you. As these are auto generated, they may not always be 100% accurate, but they are quite reliable. Tools such as transitions and animations, as well as rehearsed timings can be combined to automate the majority of your presentation.

Design Ideas

Whilst the PowerPoint templates are adequate in providing you with a skeleton structure on which to add your content on, Design Ideas collates these tools into a useful piece of artificial intelligence that will provide you with functional additions and amendments to your slides.  Design Ideas will scan your slide content to provide recommendations. One example is when you type in the title heading text box. Upon doing so, Design Ideas will take that text and provide a slide design that is based on the text. For example, if your slide is about aeroplanes, Design Ideas will suggest an aeroplane themed slide.

Designer Tool

If you use large figures in your presentation, the Designer tool will attempt to dilute them into more understandable figures. In another aeroplane example, let’s say on the slide you’d said that planes fly at 30,000 feet. The designer would then provide some alternatives to help the audience. Things like replacing 30,000 with 30k or proving an analogy (such as 30,000 ft being about the size of mount Everest). This is all done automatically for you using Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence to save you time when it comes to designing and deploying your content.

Formatting

Saving your presentation in numerous formats is a great way to increase engagement.  This gives your audience the scalability and flexibility to consume your content in a variety of ways.  Options include PDF export for creating guides or accompanying notes, through to exporting as full on 4k high quality video.  PowerPoints existing toolset is already robust , so having these exciting new offerings, improves things further.

If you or your staff would like to learn more about PowerPoint, why not contact us on 01843 572600 to find out more about our training sessions and online learning platform.

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