How Technology and This Tip Can Help You Become a Better Speaker

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Giving speeches can be nerve-racking for many people. By using this new AI tool for better public speaking, you can take your speeches to the next level.  

Big speech coming up?

Delivering a public speech is one of the most nerve-racking experiences imaginable for many people. But that doesn’t mean it has to be.

Plenty of famous politicians, actors, musicians, and other public figures have a fear of public speaking. Still, they go out in front of crowds time and times again and deliver excellent speeches and performances that captivate the attention of their audience members.

So, how do they do it?

As it turns out, most of it comes down to something you’ve definitely already heard of and something fairly straightforward and boring: Practice.

Or, to put it more precisely: Practice, practice, practice.

There’s a new artificial intelligence tool that can help with practice, however.

It’s called the Presenter Coach for PowerPoint, and it was created by Microsoft.  Charlotte IT company, Williams Ives Consulting shares the ins and outs of Microsoft's Presenter Coach.

What Is Microsoft’s Presenter Coach for PowerPoint?

Presenter Coach is software created by Microsoft that “helps you prepare in private to give more effective presentations. [It] evaluates your pacing, your use of filler words and culturally sensitive terms, and it detects when you are simply reading the text on a slide. After each rehearsal, you get a report that includes statistics and suggestions for improvements.”

Pace, Word Choice, and Slide Reading

Pace, word choice, and slide reading are the three things that Presenter Coach focuses on when it comes to improving your speaking abilities. Your pace will be measured in words per minute, and your goal should be slow, even, measured speech. The software will also judge your word choice, paying attention to any “um” or “ah” sounds and flagging any swear words. Finally, Presenter Coach will flag when you read your slides verbatim, as this is not advised for good presentation-giving.

The Other Core Tip You Need for Better Speaking Practice

Lastly, don’t forget this tip: You can never practice enough for a speech. In other words: Don’t just practice once. Practice as many times as possible.

Microsoft’s Presenter Coach for PowerPoint software can certainly boost your ability to visualize yourself during your speech, which, in turn, will help you mentally prepare for the stress and anxiety you might experience during your speech. But another thing that’s truly going to take your performance to the next level is simply going through the motions of the speech as many times as possible.

Make hand gestures, change your tone of voice, create eye contact between you and your (invisible, for now) audience. All of these behaviors will prepare you for the real thing. And at the end of the day (even though you may not feel the practice working while you’re doing it), you’ll be sure to reap the benefits of your diligent preparation when you hear that round of applause at the end of your speech!

Good luck and if you need help, make sure you connect with your local Microsoft support partner!

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