New capabilities available in Presenter Coach in PowerPoint

By Office Feature PM on June 3, 2020

Hi, I am Angelo Liao, a Program Manager on the PowerPoint team. I’m excited to introduce some capabilities we are adding to the PowerPoint Presenter Coach.

Last year, we introduced Presenter Coach to help address one of the most common fears for people around the world: public speaking. Presenter Coach in PowerPoint uses AI to help you rehearse upcoming presentations. For instance, it flags issues such as talking too fast, saying “umm” too much, or just reading the text from your slides.

Prerequisites

To use Presenter Coach, you need:

  • A microphone-enabled device or an external microphone.
  • A stable internet connection.

If possible, try eliminating as much background noise as possible from your environment.

New Capabilities in Presenter Coach

Based on feedback for Preview participants, we rolled out two new capabilities:

  • Monotone pitch: Presenter Coach will listen to your tone of voice and give feedback in real-time to suggest varying your tone to keep your audience engaged.

 

  • Speech refinement: You’ll now see grammar suggestions, including how to phrase your speech better.

How it works

  1. Open the presentation you want to rehearse in PowerPoint for the web.
  2. Click Slide Show -> Rehearse with Coach.
  3. Click Get Started.
  4. Rehearse your presentation and watch for real-time prompts when a monotone pitch is detected. In addition, notice when you address the feedback and use a lively pitch.
  5. After finishing, press Esc to exit the slideshow.
  6. Review the feedback and try to incorporate it the next time you rehearse or when it’s showtime.

Tip: Try to speak as if you were in front of an audience or giving a presentation remotely in front of others.

Availability

Presenter Coach is available on PowerPoint for the web for everyone through a free preview. Eventually, it will only be available to Microsoft 365 subscribers.

Supported Languages

Currently, Presenter Coach only supports English, but we plan to include more languages in the future.

Privacy

We don’t store your speech data. Your speech utterances will be sent to Microsoft only to provide you with this service. For more information, see Connected Experiences in Office.

Feedback

If you have any feedback or suggestions, submit them via the Feedback button in the Presenter Coach summary report or by clicking Help > Feedback. Learn more  about what information you should include in your feedback to ensure it is actionable and reaches the right people.

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