There is truly an app for everything, even presentation apps to make you a better public speaker. It is hard to think how an app can make you a better speaker, but these apps are remarkably savvy and help you with one of my favorite things — presentation practice.
Presentation Slide Apps
The basic presentation apps are your slide apps that allow you to walk through your presentation slides on the go.
- Microsoft PowerPoint in AppStore | Google Play
- Prezi in AppStore | Google Play
- Apple Keynote in AppStore
- Google Slides in AppStore | Google Play
Vocal Presentation Apps
The app will give you tips to improve your speaking such as speaking slower and annunciating words more.
Ummo identifies your use of filler words (or crutch words, as I refer to them) by recording and transcribing your speech. It highlights the extra words so you become more aware of using them so you can stop saying them over time. [A warning — once you become aware of how much you use crutch words, you will use them more often before it gets better. Still, try to eliminate using filler words because your pauses give your audience time to think.]
You can also integrate Ummo with your Apple Watch and have it review your speech throughout the day. It will even buzz each time you say a filler word!
PitchPal analyzes your speech, providing you with metrics like pace, clarity, word count, and pauses.
The app even gives you a list of keywords you say frequently and identifies potential themes to make sure you’re staying on topic.
Download PitchPal at AppStore
ProSpeak is three apps wrapped into one with their sections: Vocal Coach, Energy Coach, and Visual Coach. The first feature, Vocal Coach, provides instant feedback to you when you practice by showing you a green light if your volume levels and inflection are good, and the light will change if your volume is too weak or too loud, or if you come across too strong.
The Energy Coach lets you know if you’re using too much, too little, or the right amount of movement and energy during your presentation. And the Visual Coach focuses on your body language by giving you examples of a proper stance.
Virtual Reality (VR) Presentation Apps
Virtual Orator lets you practice in front of a virtual audience to help overcome any stage fright and so you’re presentation practices don’t feel so flat being in a room by yourself.
You can also record questions and have your team rehearse their answers in front of the audience, or practice how to handle a heckler.
Download Virtual Orator at Website.
VirtualSpeech works with your VR headset so you can practice in a 360°, photo-realistic environment including different sized conference rooms. You can supposedly add in your own rooms, but I haven’t tried that feature yet.
What a great way to feel prepared and be able to “own the room”.
Technology has come a long way, especially with presentation apps. Remember, you don’t need these apps to become a successful presenter These presentation apps are tools to hone your public speaking skills. Try them out and see what presentation apps work best for you and your learning style.
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