Online Presentations: 3 Ways to Present Live Online in PowerPoint!
Demand for online presentations, and the programs to deliver them, has increased exponentially, especially in the last couple of years. Whether for business or in educational settings, being able to present well online is crucial in 2022, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Thanks to modern technologies, we can now present long distance. So you’re no longer tied to a meeting room and can reach a much wider audience through the internet. Theoretically, it’s possible to work from anywhere and present to anywhere, saving time and costs all round. We’ll outline three different ways to deliver your PowerPoint presentations online.
Online Presentations: An absolute must in 2022
It’s not a completely new thing that events and (PowerPoint) presentations are being delivered via video link rather than in person, but the pandemic has hugely accelerated the trend. There are now many online presentation options on the market allowing you to share your presentation live and let your audience actively participate. We’ll show you three ways to present online, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you need help creating an online presentation, this blog post can help. Tips for delivering your online presentation can be found here.
Online Presentation, option 1: Share as a link
The first way to share your presentation with your audience is really simple: just send a link. This allows you to present to a wide and unlimited audience directly, easily and hassle-free. If you’re doing it this way, the more compact and concise you can make your presentation, the better, so as to minimize loading delays. Some features may need to be compromised, however.
- Live stream your presentation by clicking the Share option in the File tab, and then clicking Show Online.
- This opens a dialog box that displays the custom URL of your presentation.
- Simply copy the link and email it to your audience.
- When they receive the link, click Start Presentation and you can present to your audience in real time.
- When you are done with the presentation, just click End Online Presentation.
Online Presentation, option 2: Office Mix
You can use this method if you subscribe to Office 365 or use PowerPoint 2013 and download the free Office Mix add-in. This blog post explains how to download add-ins.
Office Mix is designed to facilitate interaction between different Microsoft Office programs, and offers many features and possibilities.
The advantage of this program is that Office Mix works fluidly with your slide content, allowing you to add audio files, videos, polls and quizzes to your slides and make them more interesting. This is especially useful in an educational environment to track the progress of students outside the classroom. It helps you, as a presenter, to maximize the motivation and engagement of your audience. These features can be found under the Mix tab and Quizzes and Video apps. Office Mix also offers a live feature that allows you to guide viewers through the slides in real time using videos, audio files, and illustrations. Office Mix also has its own website to help users navigate through the handy features and provides several tutorials to help new users get started.
The program just requires an internet connection, and you then share your presentation online with your audience. A major advantage is that the audience can return to the slides after you’ve finished your online presentation and access them again.
Online Presentation, option 3: Upload to a platform
SlideShare is a collection of websites where you can upload, share and archive your online presentation. You can also search and view online presentations yourself using the search box. Similarly, others can find your presentation using keywords. This sounds great, but the platform does not allow you to interact directly with your audience. If you don’t want your presentation to be private, you can share it on all possible channels and gain a wide audience. Do keep in mind that people have to be able to understand your presentation even without your accompanying lecture. As your audience is unable to interact, there is no room for follow-up questions. When creating your online presentation, then, try to create appealing and comprehensive slides in order to keep the audience’s attention.
Click here to go to SlideShare.
PowerPoint for the web
PowerPoint offers a free, pared-down, web version. This lets you create, upload and share your presentations directly. To use the service, you must have a Microsoft account. You can find more information about the platform in this post.
The big advantage of the web version is being able to present online presentations live. To access this, select whether the presentation is publicly accessible or only to be seen by a selected audience (e.g. employees or customers) under Screen Presentation. When you start the broadcast, a link and a QR code are generated that are unique to your online presentation. Participants can then scan the QR code or enter the link in their browser to join the online presentation.
Click here for PowerPoint for the web.
Group-chat software like Skype (for business), Zoom or Microsoft Teams
Group-chat software was around long before the pandemic, but is now increasingly relevant. Such software allows you to interact with your audience, broadcast your presentation live, and respond directly to questions.
You can use all three programs for free after registration, then share your presentation with your audience using the Share Screen option. Note that Zoom has a screen sharing time limit in the free version; you can bypass this by upgrading to the paid version.
All three programs allow you to interact directly with your audience and, if you want, to see your audience through the camera option. The options for viewers to raise their hands to ask a question or write a comment in the chat, mean that you can respond directly to questions.
There are so many ways to present well online
Presenting your presentation live online has never been easier. Most of the options available are even free! Do bear in mind, though, that on some of the platforms you can’t interact with the audience.
Have a look at the options and choose the one which suits you best.
If you have any questions about online presentations, or indeed about PowerPoint in general, please feel free to contact us on [email protected].
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