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. It’s a presenting tool that’s poorly used on occasions, but it’s still solid.
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…albeit the pointer remains a bit jerky on a big screen. But so many other devices and gizmos just fail to meet the presentation needs of your average presenter.
The very latest gizmo doesn’t fill us with confidence. It’s a presentation 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! That’s a task normally achieved with frantic arm waving at the back of the auditorium, buzzers or 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. Choosing to use PowerPoint with PresenterClock suggests that a speaker would be prepared to absolve all responsibility for their own practice and rehearsal. A speaker who needs PresenterClock to remind them of their position in their presentation needs a lot more help than this software product will provide.
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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