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A top complaint from audience members is that many presenters put too
much emphasis on PowerPoint and technology while neglecting the message
and interaction with participants. One way to deliver more effective
presentations with a greater connection to your audience is to add a
remote control to your presentation tools.
Why would one more piece of technology actually switch your focus
from PowerPoint to your audience? Have you been distracted (or bored) as
a presenter stopped the flow of their talk to pace back to the laptop to
change to another slide or as they waited for a partner to move to the
next slide? This is one of the 6 reasons why you need a remote for your
- Break Down the AV Wall. Without a remote, you are limited to
the area by your laptop which builds a wall between you and your
- Get Control. You never want someone else to control the
computer while you have to keep saying, "next please" or flash hand
signals. This approach breaks the flow of the speech, annoys your
audience, and risks that your helper moves to the wrong slide;
- Fewer Distractions. Use a remote to stop distracting others
who watch you walking back to your computer to move to the next
slide. Plus, a remote helps you maintain eye contact with the
audience instead of looking at your laptop;
- Smoother Animations. The impact and flow of most animations
is lost when you run animations manually from your laptop;
- More Professional. Presenting without a remote takes away
from the professionalism of a presenter and directs the focus to the
technology (or to the lack of tech-savvy if anything goes wrong);
- Cool Factor. Okay, maybe not a key justification, but a
remote is a nifty and useful addition to your technology tools.
With a presentation remote control, you can more effectively and
smoothly deliver an electronic presentation and communicate your
message. That said, even though I am a huge fan of remotes, you always
want to know multiple ways to navigate with the keyboard while
delivering a PowerPoint presentation. Keyboard commands may sometimes be
faster or at least give you a backup plan. Visit
for a free handout of great PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts.
© Dawn Bjork Buzbee, MCT, The Software Pro®
Dawn Bjork Buzbee
is The Software Pro®
and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office
Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist
(MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart
and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software
speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of 8 books.
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Many presentation remote controls
have a button to change the screen to black. You can also press B
(for black) on the keyboard; press B again to bring the screen back.
|While running a
PowerPoint slide show, press [F1] for a list of keyboard