Speaker Coach With Microsoft Powerpoint

Earlier this year, Microsoft made an announcement that the PowerPoint Speaker Coach feature would be available on all platforms (web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android). Speaker Coach uses artificial intelligence to improve users' presentation skills.

Speaker Coach With Microsoft Powerpoint

Have you ever found yourself repeatedly rehearsing a presentation on your own, without help from anyone? Do you want to become a better public speaker? Well, now you can get the help you need so you can improve yourself with the new feature that is currently available in Microsoft PowerPoint and will soon make its way into Microsoft Teams.

Giving a presentation in front of a group at your organization or to a client can be nerve-racking. Public speaking doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but you can improve your presentation skills using a convenient feature in Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based hybrid cloud service that uses the best of both worlds( online and offline experiences). One of the ways that Microsoft 365 embraces the power of the cloud is through AI-enabled features like PowerPoint’s Speaker Coach(previously named Presenter Coach).

Earlier this year, Microsoft made an announcement that the PowerPoint Speaker Coach feature would be available on all platforms (web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android). Speaker Coach uses artificial intelligence to improve users’ presentation skills. Speaker Coach offers helpful feedback on users’ pace, monotone voice, poor grammar, lack of originality, use of sensitive phrases, and more during the rehearsal of the presentation.

At the end of each rehearsal, users will receive a Summary Report that highlights key elements of feedback that can be used to improve and become a better and more confident presenter. Microsoft recently announced that Speaker Coach will arrive in Microsoft Teams in early 2022. Unlike PowerPoint’s Speaker Coach, Teams’ Speaker Coach will be available to the presenter and other meeting speakers.

What is Speaker Coach in Microsoft PowerPoint?

Speaker Coach is a component of PowerPoint in Microsoft 365. Speaker Coach can now be accessed from all platforms, including PowerPoint for the Web, the desktop application on Windows and Mac devices, and mobile applications on both iOS and Android devices.

Speaker Coach uses the audio and video from your device to examine your delivery and provide a summary of what you can do to improve your presentation delivery.

One great thing about Speaker Coach is that you will receive candid and unbiased feedback drawn from best practices and algorithms. Another great feature of Speaker Coach is that no limits are placed on how many times you can ask it to listen to you practice your presentation. You no longer have to worry about constantly asking someone within the organization to listen to you as you rehearse your presentation.

To rehearse your presentation with Speaker Coach in Microsoft PowerPoint, take the following steps:

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint 
  • Sign in with a personal Microsoft account
  • Navigate to the Slide Show tab
  • Click Rehearse with Coach and select Get Started

Before you begin your presentation rehearsal, you will be able to choose to have your feedback shown in real-time or after you have finished your PowerPoint presentation. You will also see the option to turn on body language feedback. When you enable body language feedback, your webcam will be used to scale things like eye contact with your audience.

If you choose to receive feedback in real-time, you will be given tips as you go through your presentation. For example, Speaker Coach will alert you when you are using filler words like “umm”, ”ahh”, and ”you know”. Speaker Coach won’t just tell you that you’re using filler words, it will tell you which filler words you are using so you try to avoid them during your actual presentation.

After you have finished your presentation, Speaker Coach will provide you with a Rehearsal Report.

What Is The Rehearsal Report?

Your Rehearsal Report will provide key insights that you can use to improve your presentation delivery skills and learn more about what separates a good oral presentation from a great oral presentation.

Speaker Coach Evaluates Your Pacing

Your Rehearsal Report will include a grade on your presentation pacing. The grade you receive on your presentation pacing will let you know if you need to speed up or slow down. If you are going too slow while presenting, your audience may quickly lose interest and feel like the presentation was a waste of time. On the other hand, if you are going too fast, your audience may not be able to grasp the concept of your presentation.

Speaker Coach Evaluates Your Originality

Your originality score from Speaker Coach looks at how much you’re reciting the text on the slides or giving the presentation in your own words. When giving a PowerPoint presentation, the text in your slides is there to guide you, but it’s best to use your own words and add additional context. If you’re reciting the text from your slides and not using your own words, you will receive a low originality score.

Speaker Coach Evaluates Your Body Language

Body language feedback is a new capability that leverages your webcam to provide feedback on your body language.

This new feature will do the following:

  • Let you know if you’re making enough eye contact with the audience
  • Let you know if your distance from the camera is too close, too far, or just right
  • Let you know if your face is within clear view of the audience

Speaker Coach also provides repetitive language feedback which tracks words and phrases that you repeat. Speaker Coach can also let you know when you are not pronouncing words correctly throughout the rehearsal. With Speaker Coach, speakers can deliver a more engaging presentation.

Speaker Coach Becomes Your New Consultant

Many businesses throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut use IT consulting to help them with various aspects of their business operations. Speaker Coach can become your reliable and unbiased public speaking consultant that lives in your device. With Speaker Coach, you will receive the following:

  • Data-driven insights on your presentation
  • The ability to practice whenever you want as many times as you want
  • Information about oral presentation best practices

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Baroan Technologies can help your New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut organization get the most out of Microsoft 365 and other tools that can be used to boost productivity, efficiency, and value. We can help you take control of your tech by addressing your Microsoft networking, Microsoft security, and Microsoft support needs.

Contact us today and schedule a consultation. Call (201) 796-0404 or connect with us online.

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Written by Guy Baroan 
By: Guy Baroan