PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Back in the days of overhead projectors, speakers transitioned better between visuals.  It’s easy to understand why; they could glance at the next transparency as they finished speaking to the current one.  They knew what was coming next, so they could speak to it as they made the transition.  Given this increased order volume, we have had to make the production changes you see on this next table.

Now, with computer-projected slides, transitions between visuals are less common.  Presenters don’t always remember what slide comes next.  As a result, they don’t flow smoothly between slides.

This doesn’t have to happen.  An option in PowerPoint called “Presenter View” creates a laptop view that includes the next slide, even though the audience is only seeing the current slide.

I was with some Mac users recently and they were accessing this option in a drop-down menu.  For a PC computer, you do the following after connecting to a projector:

  1. Right click on the desktop and select Properties.
  2. Select the Settings tab.
  3. Click on the “2” monitor and enable the option to “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.”  Click OK.
  4. Open up PowerPoint and go to the Slide Show menu.  Choose Set Up Show and go to where it says Multiple Monitors.
  5. Select the Monitor 2 option and check Show Presenters View.  Click OK to save the settings.
  6. Open your slide show and press the F5 key.

Having gone through this process with my laptop once, I now just need to press the F5 key after getting hooked up to a projector and opening my presentation.  My audience can only see the slide I am speaking to, but I can see what is coming up.

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