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3 Ways to Livestream Your PowerPoint Presentation

January 12, 2021 / Articles

Don’t let distance get in between you and your audience. Standing directly in front of your audience, presenting your PowerPoint may be what you. But circumstances change. With in-person interactions at a premium, are you forced to simply let your deck be viewed without you there to give the presentation?

Livesteaming your PowerPoint allows you to still be the face of your presentation. While many people may have figured out someway around this, the truth is their are many options. Most of are reasonably straightforward.

Several online platforms can bring your pitch out of the boardroom and into digital spaces. These enable you to reach a wider audience without having to sacrifice your personal presentation style. Now, without catching a plane or sitting in traffic on your way to a meeting, you can personally present to any audience no matter where they are.

Here are three ways you can livestream your next PowerPoint presentation.   

Broadcast Online from PowerPoint 

Microsoft offers a safe, reliable means crossing the barrier between you and your audience. Their website describes how you can broadcast your PowerPoint presentation online to remote audiences. Don’t worry if your software is outdated. This tutorial is applicable to PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions. 

First, find your presentation and open it up. In the File tab, you can start livestreaming your presentation through the Share button.  

Now click the Present Online button. A dialog box will generate a custom URL for your presentation. You can then copy the link to send directly to your audience.  

Once they’ve received the link, click Start Presentation. Viewers will then be able to see your presentation as you guide them through each slide in real time. 

This highlights how Presenter View will appear only on your screen. Your audience will see your slide show as you present it. 

Once you’re done, simply hit the End Online Presentation in the Present Online tab. 

This option is convenient when meeting in person is not possible. However, the slight downside is that some of your original deck’s features may be compromised. All transitions will automatically be set to “fade” from the audience’s view and the file size may be imposed on your upload. 

In this situation, a concise deck is more advisable for livestreaming to minimize the lag in your loading times. 

Use Office Mix  

Office Mix is a free downloadable add-on for Office 365 subscribers. It makes livestreaming presentations much easier.  

Office Mix retains more content such as audio, video, polls, and quizzes than PowerPoint alone. These features are helpful for presenters seeking to maximize audience engagement. using their deck. Consider reviewing each feature to see which will work best to your advantage.

In the Mix tab, you can see Quizzes Video Apps

The platform also features “live digital inking.” This is a more hands-on approach that enables you to guide the audience using video, audio, and illustrations. 

You can visit the official site of Office Mix for tutorials on how to navigate through its very useful features.  

Office Mix requires an internet connection to share your presentation. However, your audience will be able to review your slides well after you’ve concluded the presentation. 

Of course, different people will find different benefits. For example, a teacher can track their students’ progress outside the classroom. 

Mix seamlessly crosses the boundaries between the Microsoft Office programs. You can effectively gather audience data and feedback for a more in-depth analysis. 

Upload to Online Platforms 

This third option offers the least audience interactivity. But it may be the easiest to execute. 

If the previous options are unavailable, you can upload and design your presentation on deck hosting platforms such as SlideShare. 

Publishing your slides online will allow you to reach out to a wider audience. While you can configure the presentation to be viewed by selected viewers only, default settings keep your deck open for public viewing. Adding tags to your presentation makes it easier to search online, further enabling mass sharing. 

This technique combines the two previous methods. It’s limited in file size, but audiences will be able to view them at their own pace. These online platforms require compressing your presentations to a size that websites can handle. 

How Can You Prepare for the Unexpected?

Your deck plays a key role in the impact of your presentation. It’s important to have the means to share it when distance becomes a concern. There are many ways to make your presentation accessible. Try different options for a to ready for anything in any live streaming setting.

When you livestream your deck, several design elements may benefit from it. Because the presentation is being streamed from your source, you won’t need to worry about losing any of your custom fonts. That’s a common pain when people send their decks via email. Here are a few other assets that add value and enhance viewer experience: 

  • Interstitial Graphics: Controls broadcast flow and breaks it into segments 
  • Overlay Graphics: Media that plays over the main content  
  • Alert Overlays: Pulls live data from online sources and displays over the stream 

You may notice these things on streaming platforms like Twitch. Moving forward, you may want to learn these in and out. This is only more true since most decks are now shown online. These skills can give you a leg-up over other presenters and help you stand out as the better speaker.

Planning for the Future

Being able to present your deck in any setting will help you succeed more often. It will amplify your message and raise it above other decks your audience may see. Even worse is to be the person behind. As others are forced to live stream their decks more often, the advantage will be theirs. Do not wait to learn these skills.

Working from home continues to be the norm. It’s essential to utilize all the tools you have at your disposal. Livestreaming solutions have made it so much easier to deliver a smooth online presentation experience. Take these tips as unique chances to improve your skills for you next big presentation.

Have any other ideas? Is there one we missed? Let us know in the comments below! Maybe we can add it a future blog post. We always appreciate learning new things!