PowerPoint will now teach you to deliver the perfect speech

Microsoft PowerPoint will now offer live tips on public speaking to help everyone deliver the perfect presentation.

Presenter Coach will offer on-screen guidance about pacing, comprehensive language, use of swear words, filler words and culturally insensitive phrases. It will even let presenters know when they are just reading off the slide instead of piquant with the audience.

At the end of each rehearsal session, a elaborate report with prosody for extra practice is provided.

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Shawn Villaron, PowerPoint Partner Group Program Manager, said: “From classrooms to boardrooms, our belief is that everyone can improve how they present. Training and feedback help people gain confidence and empower them to accomplish their personal and professional goals. Over the past few years, we’ve received feedback from educators, students and customers that people want an easy way to practice their presentations to improve their public speaking abilities.

“Today, we’re announcing the approaching handiness of Presenter Coach in PowerPoint. Presenting in front of a live audience is a vital life skill. Based on academic research and field studies, we’ve integrated presentation best practices into Presenter Coach to help people give more effective presentations.”

It’s one of a raft of new features Microsoft has introduced into PowerPoint, which uses an AI-powered feature called Designer to mechanically provide layout suggestions when users add an image to a slide.

Designer will now work with a company’s branded templates, choosing the most suitable layouts for the content, unintelligently cropping images and mechanically recommending applicable icons and pictures. This ensures that companies can create presentations that meet their corporate stigmatization and visual identity guidelines.

GIF showing PowerPoint Designer theme ideas

“In today’s fast work environments, people are ironed for time, and AI-powered features like Designer help people create visually piquant and immersive presentations with only a few clicks,” Villaron added. “Now users can get this streamlined experience piece working with their organisations’ templates, exploitation branded layouts instead of needing to improvise.”

Starting a presentation from scratch is now even easier, too. Entering a few words onto a slide will trigger Designer into recommending a selection of fully accredited photographs that reflect that text, as well as theme styles and colours (above).

Finally, Designer will recognise when a user types a large number onto a slide and add context. For example, entering “Commercial planes fly at 30,000 feet” onto a slide will bring up images of planes and a word box containing the fact that 30,000 feet is “about the height of Mount Everest.

“Designer makes numerical slides more assimilable and helps presenters effectively convey their information,” Villaron said.

The new features were proclaimed as it was discovered that PowerPoint users have now created more than one billion slides exploitation Designer since its launch in 2015.

Graph showing rise in use of PowerPoint Designer

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