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In a previous issue of TechTips, I talked about the power of PowerPoint Designer. Microsoft has added a few other features to PowerPoint that will help make your presentation better.
PowerPoint Presenter Coach
Microsoft is adding an artificial intelligence-powered assistant to PowerPoint called Presenter Coach. This tool is designed to help improve people’s presentations. The new feature appears during a rehearsal mode for PowerPoint slides and offers feedback on your presentation skills by listening to audio from your computer’s microphone. Presenter Coach pop-up tips provide feedback about pacing and filler words, so you’re not muttering or stuttering through a presentation. It also helps presenters be more inclusive with their language, with suggestions like police officer instead of policeman.
If you swear during a presentation, it will suggest that you don’t use profanity, and it will even highlight culturally insensitive phrases or alert you if you’re just lazily reading off the slides. PowerPoint will then generate a report with metrics about how well you’ve done in your rehearsal. Microsoft says it’s adding this feature because it has “received feedback from educators, students, and customers that people want an easy way to practice their presentations to improve their public speaking abilities.”
Designer now works seamlessly with a company’s branded templates. Designer for branded templates is a new feature that lets companies easily ensure that the design recommendations people see meet their corporate branding and visual identity guidelines.
When working with branded templates, Design Ideas created directly from the layouts in the Slide Master, using the content on the user’s slides. Designer’s AI chooses the most suitable arrangements for the content, intelligently crops images, and automatically recommends relevant icons and pictures.
AI-powered features like Designer allow people to create professional, visually engaging presentations that capture their brand identity, in just a few clicks, saving precious time. Designer for branded templates is currently available to Office 365 Insiders subscribers for Windows 10 and Mac.
Improved Data Display
Microsoft is also leveraging a Perspective Engine from Microsoft Research that will detect large numbers in your slides like 652,232 km² and break them down into “about equal to the size of Texas” to make them far more understandable.
With these tools, boring PowerPoint presentations should be a thing of the past. It is faster and easier than ever to improve your slides so you can make a more significant impact.
What other tools do you use to give better presentations?