Better Remote Presenting

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

January 13, 2022

Let’s have better remote presenting. Did you know you can take your speaker view for presentations into your online presentations? Well, you can if you use Google Slides or Apple’s Keynote.

What is the presenter’s view?

Presenter view is a handy tool to help you get control of your presentation. When you are giving a presentation, for example, in a conference room, and you are hard connected to a monitor or projector, Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint have the ability to keep your notes on your personal computer and only project the presentation on the screen. Well, that feature has been brought to our online platforms, like Zoom. While, at the time of this writing, PowerPoint doesn’t have this feature, Keynote and Google Slides do. 

Here’s a quick tutorial for better remote presenting.

For Google Slides

You can access your slide notes if you choose “presenter view,” which is accessible by the dropdown arrow to the right of the “present” button. So, you click on the arrow, then presenter view. It opens BOTH the slideshow in the main browser window and opens a separate window with the slides and speaker notes.

When you share, then you share the MAIN window. Size your screens, so you get the best view. Your audience will only see the slideshow that you want to be presented.

The downside with Google Slides is you will still see the browser window.

For Mac Users

Keynote JUST had an update a few days ago that integrated this feature. You could already manage the screen by choosing “Play Slideshow in a Windo,” now, by clicking that same option, it simply automatically opens the presenter view, similar to how I described it for Google. The downside, this is a Mac desktop only. On the upside, it’s a much cleaner look for your guests and it’s easier to manipulate the screens and see the notes.

Let me know in the comments if you use this feature. Here’s to better remote presenting for everyone.


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