Last week Microsoft announced that PowerPoint Live Presentations are now generally available for the web. This feature has caused excitement from both enterprise and educational customers. As the world slowly recovers from the pandemic, more physical events and meetings will begin to take place. PowerPoint Live will prove to be a very useful tool for connection with your audience and communicating more effectively.
However, we also have tips on how to use this capability now in remote working and learning scenarios.
Providing a personalised presentation experience to each audience member
Every presenter knows how hard it is to get – and keep – your audience truly engaged throughout a presentation. The PowerPoint Live experience can assist users in making their presentations engaging and inclusive.
Everyone in the audience is able to connect from their device (laptop, tablet, or phone) where they can follow along with the presentation. They can also move back through the slides at their own pace without impacting the presenter. The audience can also provide instant feedback to the presenter in the form of live reactions, provide comments and rate the presentation at the end.
With the power of artificial intelligence (AI), the audience can enable live subtitles in their preferred language on their device. It will help not only support participants with hearing disabilities, but also break language barriers and make sure that everyone in the audience is engaged and included.
After the live session, audience members can provide feedback to the presenter, via an optional survey powered by Microsoft Forms, so the presenter can receive responses and recommendations on how to improve their presentation skills.
How to use Live Presentations remotely
If you’re utilising a video conferencing tool like Microsoft Teams, simply connect to the Teams call. Share the screen where you are opening the presentation in PowerPoint for web and click “Present Live”. At this point, everyone on the Teams call can see the QR code and short URL link they can use to connect to the live presentation. Your audience members from all over the world can scan the QR code using their mobile phones as companion devices to connect to the live presentation. After joining the presentation, they can choose subtitles in over 60 different languages, which help them to follow-along in their preferred language.
If anyone joins the presentation late, they will see the captions and already captured transcript along the previous slides. Everyone using Live Presentations can also navigate through the deck on their own, allowing them to spend more time on a slide if they missed something. Anyone in the audience can easily express themselves in real-time using Live Reactions. This helps not only make sure that everyone is included in the presentation, but also provides very valuable information to the presenter on how the presentation is being received. Once the presentation ends, audience members are prompted to rate the presentation and provide their anonymous feedback to the presenter. Afterwards, the presenter will receive an email with aggregated feedback including comments, which can help them improve future presentations.
Other recent PowerPoint news
Last year Microsoft brought Virtual Presenter Coach to PowerPoint for the web. Now, Presenter Coach on Android is generally available on your Android device, both in the PowerPoint app and in the new Office mobile app.
This feature uses AI to help you hone your public speaking skills. Providing on-screen guidance on your pacing, use of inclusive language or profanity, and noting use of filler words and culturally insensitive phrases. At the end of each session, it also provides a detailed report with metric for additional practice and reflection.