When broadcasting PowerPoint presentations via the web – to remote audiences through webinars (for example) – the presenter often forgets that the audience on the other side can quickly get bored.
Annotating the PPT presentation during the broadcast would make the experience both interesting and effective. But what exactly is annotation? And how do you go about doing it?
The annotation tools are a part of PowerPoint and visible in the Slide Show view.
You can either access them by right clicking the mouse to get the menu or they are visible on the bottom left hand corner. The tool is also known as the Pen. The menu choices are as below for the Pen tool:
If you choose the Arrow option, the Pen tool underlines each line of text as you click on it, allowing the audience to follow your content and lending more of an interactive feel to the presentation:
You can also use the Pen tool to scribble on your slide. For example, circling the text and laying emphasis to an important point:
You can also use the Pen tool to strike through points as you finish them:
Don’t like the red ink in your Pen? Then change the colors by choosing one from the menu options:
If you’re using PowerPoint on a Windows OS, you’re give the option of saving all the annotation effects used through out the presentation at the end of the slide show.
So the next time you present online, hold the attention of your audience. Your little antics with the Annotation Tools will help add recall to your presentation!
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