Working with startups and being a startup ourselves, Opinno understands the value of a good pitch. A good pitch grabs the attention of the audience, whether it be made up of investors, design session participants, clients, or a business’s managing partner. A good pitch reels that audience in and convinces them of idea, an initiative, or an innovation strategy. A pitch must scream confidence, while whispering practicality. Pitching is a hard task for well-practiced consultants and new to the team strategists. However, innovative technology is easing the task of pitching. By no means can a machine deliver a pitch, for it takes human emotion and persuasion skills, but a machine can make you deliver your pitch better, and here’s how:

Microsoft PowerPoint Embraces Artificial Intelligence

PowerPoint is a valued tool in the business world; the slides are used as visual sources and as guides during presentations. Though the tool has proved valuable since it’s existence, it does not do the presentation for you. A beautiful visual presentation cannot make up for a poor public speaker. PowerPoint has therefore embraced innovative technology to help you beyond just the visual, by offering guidance in regards to public speaking. A virtual presentation coach has been born, stopping you from using filler words such as “like” and “um,” and steering you away from using swear words.

PowerPoint’s new coaching feature listens to your presentation, picks up filler words, notes inclusive language, and relays the information once the presentation concludes. Furthermore, the feature lets the speaker know to what extent they have read directly from the slides- a habit no spectator appreciates. The real-time feedback is intended to help you improve your public speaking skills before your next presentation, so that your pitch persuades every audience.

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Wearable Technology

Public Speaking by popular opinion is among the top fears humans face. However, new wearable technology is easing the pain of public appearances. Wearable technology is a growing trend that is changing the future of the technology market, and it is now being optimized to improve public speaking skills. Researchers from Stanford’s Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed smart glasses with Rhema.

The glasses record a speaker and send the recording to a server that analyzes the pace and volume throughout the presentation. In order to not distract the speaker, research determined that the best manner to deliver real-time feedback is in 20 second intervals. Short and descriptive words such as “louder” and “quicker” are provided to the speaker to indicate the progress of the presentation. The intelligent interface received positive feedback by the testers by offering clear direction on volume and pace, which can be corrected in real-time to improve the overall presentation.

The Future of Presentations

The above outlined technology implies that the future of presentations is transforming. What was once a person in front of an audience became a person with a projector, and is evolving to new extremes. Technology is changing not only how well we perform, but is changing the tools we use to perform.

  • Polling and interactive discussion questions through connected devices, for example, is a growing trend that allows the audience to engage in real-time with the presentation.

  • Innovative hand tracking technology is creating seamless experiences by having the body language of the presenter correspond with the visual presentation. Speakers can therefore zoom into a slide or switch slides by flicking the finger.

  • Immersive technology such as virtual reality are taking the spectators to new worlds to experience the story being told by the speaker.

Technology is changing the way we deliver, meaning the future of pitching is evolving for both the audience and the speakers’ benefit.