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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. Through several online platforms, you 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. 

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

Broadcast Online from PowerPoint 

Microsoft describes how you can broadcast your PowerPoint presentation online to remote audiences. 

This tutorial is applicable to PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions. 

In the File tab, you can start livestreaming your presentation through the Share button.  

By clicking 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. 

While this option is highly convenient in situations when meeting in person is not possible, the slight downside to it 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, and it makes livestreaming presentations much easier.  

Unlike streaming directly from PowerPoint, Office Mix retains more content such as audio, video, polls, and quizzes. Having such features available is helpful for presenters seeking to maximize audience engagement using their deck. For educators specifically, they can track their students’ progress outside the classroom. 

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 students 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. 

Because 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. 

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 versatile preparedness in any livestreaming situation.

When you livestream your presentation, several design elements benefit from it. Here are several assets that add production 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, and moving forward, you might want to experiment with these, especially now that most presentations are done online. 

Given the current global situation, presenters are given more opportunities to be creative in the way they do online meetings. Livestreaming isn’t new, but for those who are used to presenting in person, this is something they might be interested in. So don’t hesitate, create.