Behind your average PowerPoint presentation is an average PowerPoint presenter full of the nervous energy and enthusiasm that comes from using a solid presenting tool. People tend to use PowerPoint poorly as a presenting tool but it’s still solid. But can can you say the same for a PowerPoint presentation add-in?
So whenever someone adds to the awkward paraphernalia of the average presenter I sense despair. Wireless keypads work. And so does the wireless mouse and pointer. However, the pointer remains a bit jerky on a big screen. My favourite is the Logitech wireless presenter. But so many other devices and gizmos just fail to meet the presentation needs of your average presenter.
So, the very latest gizmo doesn’t fill us with confidence. It’s a PowerPoint presentation add-in clock, known as PresenterClock.
PresenterClock’s designers are Twyford-based IMS communications whose software products support the event management industry. So they know the challenges of event organisers, presenters and event organisers. That much is clear
PresenterClock might, just might, meet a need expressed by an event organiser to halt a presenter in their stride. A presenter whose time is up! The conference organiser normally achieves that task by waving at the back of the auditorium. Or, they use a buzzer or sometimes, even a board display.
PresenterClock might help an event organise to manage the time planning of a number of different tracks at an event. It certainly looks like it can send discreet timing messages to speakers as they actually present. That’s quite neat.
But the big claim for PresenterClock is:
PresenterClock enables speakers to see exactly where they are in their presentation, how long they have left and what the next slide will be. Because the software is an Add-in for PowerPoint, any notes for slides can also be displayed alongside the countdown clock, giving extra support and peace of mind.
The claim gets to the heart of the PowerPoint problem. Some presenters use PowerPoint as a crutch. But do you want to use PresenterClock for everything? Do you want to skip all the necessary hard work. practice and rehearsal? Really? Because if you are a presenter who needs PresenterClock to remind you of your position in your presentation. then you probably need a lot more help than this PowerPoint presentation add-in will provide.
When you want to know more about presentations, whether it’s a PowerPoint presentation add-in or a presentation tip, you can always join a PresentPerfectTM training course. We structure each course to make sure you become a more confident and knowledgeable presenter with the skills to be successful. So, please don’t hesitate to get in touch when you require any details.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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