Microsoft PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach Listens As You Rehearse Your Presentation

Posted: Jun 18 2019, 11:08pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 18 2019, 11:10pm CDT , in Technology News


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Microsoft PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach listens as you rehearse your presentation
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The virtual coach also offers feedback to help you improve your presentation skills.

Microsoft has unveiled a new feature to its PowerPoint Software, called “Presenter Coach,” which listens as you rehearse your presentation and offers feedback on your pacing, use of filler words and culturally insensitive phrases, among other things.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a staple of the corporate workplace and of schools and institutions. Released in April 1987, the software is a pioneer of digital presentations, long before other software like Prezi, Google Docs Presentations and Keynote, among many others, surfaced.

PowerPoint, like many other tech companies from almost every industry, has jumped on board the artificial intelligence (AI) bandwagon, launching PowerPoint Designer, which uses AI to recommend slide designs based on handwritten ink.

Most recently, PowerPoint’s new AI-integrated Presenter Coach is “intended to help our users build confidence in their presenting abilities,” the company said in a blog post.

The virtual coach is available on “rehearsal mode.” As a user speaks, the coach provides on-screen guidance about pacing, inclusive language, use of filler words, and culturally insensitive phrases. It is able to detect if a person is merely reading off a slide. As the user reaches the end of the presentation, Presenter Coach comes up with a detailed report with metrics for additional practice.

Presenter Coach will be available on PowerPoint online by this summer.
Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced that PowerPoint Designer hit the 1 billion slides mark since its launch in 2015.
To celebrate the milestone, the tech giant unveiled new features for the Designer tool, allowing users to, among other things, use branded templates in presentations, get intelligent design recommendations and create slides from scratch using Designer theme ideas.

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