As a keynotespeaker I know what it feels like to stand on stage and convince the audience of messages and new ideas. But not everyone is born to talk. In many companies it is always a torture for the employees to give a lecture or only present the current facts and figures to their colleagues in a meeting. Rehearsing the presentations in advance helps to reduce this fear and increase self-confidence. But without someone to give you feedback, it’s difficult. This is where Microsoft PowerPoint with its AI-based Presenter Coach comes in.

Through long analysis, Microsoft’s PowerPoint team found that it was important for many of their customers to rehearse to appear calmer and prepare for the audience. The tech giant realized they needed to make rehearsals entertaining and useful, and add more functionality to their most powerful presentation tool, PowerPoint.

The answer was the Presenter Coach, who uses artificial intelligence to take on the role of a moderator, transcribing the spoken word in real time and giving tips on how to optimally present the content.

The KI Coach, available for PowerPoint Web, analyzes the three key areas of the presentation: tempo, slide reading and word choice.

In speed analysis, the Presenter Coach recognizes how fast or slow the user is speaking and makes recommendations to adjust the speaking speed so that the audience can better follow the content.

It can also be analysed whether the speaker simply reads slides or whether he uses many filler words such as “uh”, “eh” or “well”.

Equipped with knowledge about these pitfalls of the presentation and expert recommendations, the training of the presentation can be optimized much better.

 

Innovation Profile: PowerPoint Presenter Coach

The Presenter Coach is not a solution for all processes. Everyone proceeds differently in their presentations and needs different focuses in their training. But the hints of the program help to avoid the essential pitfalls and to get better and better with every training.

The PowerPoint Presenter Coach is something completely new. Even though there have been presentation coaches in the past that could be booked especially for upcoming performances, they are only available for the time of the training and not for all salary classes. The Presenter Coach, by its simple and individual use is a way for the optimization of the own lectures. Uncertainty and conflict content are nevertheless rather to be settled in the middle range, since each speaker is individual and the recommendations cannot replace those of an expert.

Conclusion: The PowerPoint Presenter Coach is a possibility for the public using PowerPoint Web to rehearse more dedicatedly and to improve their presentations. It helps to reduce fears and to gain more confidence in one’s own appearance.

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