Tutorial: PowerPoint Presenter Coach

About this lesson

Does PowerPoint Presenter Coach work? In this review, you can be the judge as we demonstrate three live examples of the Coach scoring our effectiveness.

PowerPoint Presenter Coach is now available on the web, your PC and Mac app, and even on your phones and tablets. In this tutorial, we put it through the paces as we judge three different speaking styles.


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:22 1st Test Run
  • 02:13 “Winging It” Presentation
  • 03:55 Presenter Coach Analysis #1
  • 04:48 2nd Test Run
  • 05:21 “Structured Talking Points” Presentation
  • 06:51 Presenter Coach Analysis #2
  • 07:31 3rd Test Run
  • 07:47 “Scripted” Presentation
  • 09:24 Presenter Coach Analysis #3
  • 10:03 You Be the Judge
  • 10:58 Wrap-Up


Subject Microsoft PowerPoint

Software Compatibility Office 365


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Script for PowerPOint Presenter Coach


Is PowerPoint Presenter Coach the answer for your stage fright? <CLICK>

Microsoft claims that their built-in Presenter Coach can help you eliminate amateur mistakes and improve your delivery.

Let’s together walk through three different presentation styles to understand how the built-in tool of Presenter Coach works in real life.

Hi, I’m Les McCarter, and I’ve been teaching and presenting with PowerPoint since the 1990s

PowerPoint Presenter Coach is now everywhere: Windows, Mac, and online Office 365.


I will run through three different styles of presentations with the Microsoft Presenter Coach giving me advice.  Together, we will look at the results, and with your own eyes and ears, you can judge how good the advice is.


I’m working in my YouTube studio with a green screen here for my video to shine through and over here for my live PowerPoint presentation to run.

So let go power up and get started


This is our first run-through and should be my worst as I am not using a script or structured talking points, but instead, I will just wing it through these bullet points.  Note that I do have to go at least 60 seconds to get a base score from the Presenter Coach. And I will need to exaggerate my presentation style to set off the Coach tips

So here goes


Ok guys, uh, this is my presentation called “Tips to Making Great Presentation” cause I think you guys kind of have to know this stuff. um

And so here are the keys to a great presentation. Okay?


A goal . . without a goal of why are you even making this speech? Why waste your audience’s time if  you don’t know where you are going.

A story arc is like how you make the goal happen.  Like a good story, you have to make you audience follow along with your logic to the end.

A Partnership of visual and auditory <pause> meaning the words on your slide and the words you speak should match and enhance each other. You Know?

A Call to action is where you tell people at the end why they listened and what you want those people to do because of your presentation.

Then you need to  . . .uh, okay. . .practice . . . oh and practice . . .and maybe think about using Microsoft Presenter coach. Yeah?



SLIDE … Ok, this time, I will use a set of structured talking points, which I will show on the screen during my editing of this video. This is not a memorized speech but a practiced set of key points.

  • A Goal: If you don’t know why you are creating your presentation, then why do it?
  • The Story Arc is like a great movie or novel: have a beginning to set the goal and middle to develop your ideas and an end to drive home the goal.
  • Think through what you plan to say as you create each slide to make them work in unison.
  • At the end, make the call to action: ask the question to get the buy-in and match your goal.


SLIDE – Our last test is based on me working from a much practiced written script, where I plot out my words and voice inflections in advance. . . so here goes.

So how do you best prepare for an onstage presentation?

It depends on your comfort on stage and experience working with PowerPoint. <click>

The most effective method for precision is to write a script to work from. That will help you be your most eloquent and keep you from missing any key elements.  But it does require the upfront work of writing and then memorization plus lots of practice to nail down the script and voice drama.


If you are comfortable talking in front of a group, you could elect to use the strategy of Talking Points.  This is not winging it; it is practiced memorizing of your key points and using the slides to keep you on track.  It too requires practice; but if done correctly, it will appear the most natural in a group presentation.

<click>  Did I remind you to practice?

<click> and yes, practice, practice, and practice more

<click> Having a trusted friend to give critical feedback is a great way to practice but if you have no trusted friends (<pause> or no one available at 3 am the night before the presentation) then think about using Microsoft’s PowerPoint Presenter Coach to give a different perspective on your presentation.


Our goal was to determine how good Presenter Coach is in giving you actionable advice.

Reviewing my three sample presentation styles, which did you like the best? Leave your thoughts in the comments below on 1) the Winging It version, 2) the Structured Speaking Points or 3) the scripted version.

And did the Coach agree with you?

For the most part, the tool does provide some interesting information, including pace and voice inflection variations.  And average time per slide.  But in my opinion, it is just a starter, you need a live critic to listen and give you feedback.  But its biggest advantage is that it forces you to practice and practice.


<Slide> Wrap Up

Do you want to get better at PowerPoint?  Power Up Training has dozens of free tutorials in our YouTube channel, such as getting ready for going onstage, or how to design and write compelling slide decks, or digging more into Script or No Script.

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Do leave your vote in our comments on your favorite version of the three presentations.

And until next time: Go Power UP your presentation skills! (Plus don’t forget to practice!! <smile>)