PowerPoint soft skills

PowerPoint soft skills headshot
PowerPoint soft skills headshot

Do you have expert PowerPoint soft skills?  Are you an expert presenter?  I’ll bet there’s at least one item here you might not know.  Fortunate to have spent some time learning from Asia Platt, Brittany Holloway, and Mauricio Fuentes about expert presentations.  Let’s go over some tips and tools to improve what you present, for more interaction, clarity, and more.

 

Quick Overview

Magnification tools like Magnifier, ZoomIt, and Teams

Laser pointer in PowerPoint

Rehearse and record PPT slide deck

Soft Skills tips and tricks

 

 

Magnification tools

Zoom – Can you see this?

Various methods for Zooming (including Teams)

Zoom - Can you see this?
Zoom – Can you see this?

 

Do you struggle with demo’s to present screens that customers struggle to view?  See some magnifier tool options from windows client/server, teams, and PowerPoint below.

Magnifier (on Windows client/servers)

Click on Start > type Magnifier

Windows Magnifier to zoom in on live demo's.

 

Change zoom level

Move mouse to focal point

Move to focal for zoom.
Move to focal for zoom.

 

BE careful and don’t move mouse too much!!

 

 

ZoomIt

Good utility for demo’s and presentations.  Zoom, draw, whiteboard, type pen (in colors), and more

ZoomIt SysInternals free tool download https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Shortcuts link

ZoomIt SysInternals Shortcuts.
ZoomIt SysInternals Shortcuts.

Teams built in Zoom

My own personal preference is Teams.  Demo’s can work in a pinch if only Magnifier is involved in a lab demo.

Zoom in/out of Teams shared application/screen https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/zoom-in-and-out-in-microsoft-teams-dc3cd3d8-efb5-4995-8b31-434b3943ba52

Use Teams features to zoom in and out, and more in meetings, calls, and screen shares.
Use Teams features to zoom in and out, and more in meetings, calls, and screen shares.

 

 

Laser pointer in PowerPoint

Hit the Control Key to turn your mouse into a pointer, allowing your audience to know ‘what’ is being emphasized.

Click Control, or Control-L for Laser pointer when presenting in PowerPoint.

Click Control, or Control-L for Laser pointer when presenting in PowerPoint.
Click Control, or Control-L for Laser pointer when presenting in PowerPoint.

 

 

Rehearse with coach

Record PPT slide deck

Asia (Asha) suggested this method to record delivery for analysis.  This helps check tone, pace, filler words, and more.

 

From PowerPoint, click on Slide Show > Rehearse with coach

PowerPoint Rehearse - record and get analysis from practicing your presentation.

PowerPoint Rehearse – record and get analysis from practicing your presentation.Go through presentation, and view analysis

PowerPoint rehearsal analytics showing pace, tone, and more.
PowerPoint rehearsal analytics showing pace, tone, and more.

Second page screenshot of more details

PowerPoint rehearsal analytics bottom half of screen.
PowerPoint rehearsal analytics bottom half of screen.

 

 

Soft Skills tips and tricks

  1. PowerPoints ‘Rehearse with Coach’ is an awesome way to practice and level set delivery.
  2. Magnification tools – Magnifier, ZoomIt, Teams (built in Zoom)
  3. Be creative and be yourself in delivery!
Be creative and be yourself in delivery.
Be creative and be yourself in delivery.

3. Involvement

Soft Skill Involvement
Soft Skill Involvement
Involvement example

Interaction soft skill – personalization.

I utilized this to reinforce (from my introduction), as an audience check in, gauging involvement.  This helped me gauge where the audience was attention wise.  Required audience thought before answering.

Interaction soft skill - personalization.  Where from my introduction, I used this to quiz the class to gauge interest and where the audience was attention wise.  Audience had to think about the slide to answer.
Interaction soft skill – personalization. Where from my introduction, I used this to quiz the class to gauge interest and where the audience was attention wise. Audience had to think about the slide to answer.

 

 

 

Hope this article provided another tool in the Presentation Soft Skills toolbox!

Hope this gave another tool in the Presentation Soft Skills toolbox!

Hope this gave another tool in the Presentation Soft Skills toolbox!

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