I think we all want to know that we keeping our audience engaged when we are doing our PowerPoint presentation. So how many of you rehearse your presentation either in our heads or out loud?
Now if you do rehearse have you got someone giving you feedback? And if you do what sort of feedback are they giving you? Now Microsoft have added a feature into PowerPoint called Rehearse with Coach and I’ve got to say I love it. It gave me feedback that I have not had before, some of it was reassuring but it also got me thinking about other areas that I can improve on.
The great thing is it give you feedback as I rehearsed including things like do I “umm” and “ahh” and also if I used a word or words too often. I also told me that I was talking too fast and slow down.
When I completed it I got a report telling me how many slides and how long I took. It then showed me the filler I used like “uhh” and any repetitive language, it can even tell you if the language you are using is inclusive or not. It did tell me my pace, that is words per minute, and it seems my pace is just right at 140 words/min. You can see your pace over time too.
The pitch told me I wasn’t monotone. That’s a relief as that could put your audience to sleep.
You might have heard the term “death by PowerPoint” when someone is just reading their presentation from the slides. The rehearse with coach will tell you if you reading from the slides. I’m pleased to say I didn’t. I like to keep the information on the slides relevant but to a minimum, think of it as something help show what you are talking about and also as a prompt for yourself. I don’t use the notes as I use my slides as a prompt.
Here is a video I made to show you how it works and do a small part of my presentation to show you the feedback and report in action.