PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show: Give Presentations Over the Internet

Giving presentations is an integral part of business communications. Whether you are pitching to investors, training employees, or promoting a new product, presentations help convey ideas effectively.

Traditionally, presentations meant gathering people in a conference room. But in today’s remote work culture, presenting online has become the norm.

PowerPoint’s Broadcast Slide Show feature lets you give presentations to a remote audience over the internet. Anyone with a web browser can view your slideshow in real-time as you present.

Broadcasting your PowerPoint presentation online is easy if you follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Prepare Your Presentation

Before broadcasting, optimize your PowerPoint file to ensure compatibility across devices:

  • Use simple slide layouts without too much text or complex animations that may not display well on all devices. Stick to key points.
  • Ensure all embedded videos and audio clips are in formats supported by web browsers like MP4. Convert if needed.
  • Check slide color schemes have enough contrast and are readable on different screens.

Also, remember anyone with the link can view your presentation. So don’t include confidential data.

Step 2: Setup Broadcast Service

Go to the “Slide Show” tab and click on “Broadcast Slide Show”. Choose a broadcast service if prompted.

You can use Office Presentation Service (built-in with PowerPoint) or a third-party webinar software like GoToWebinar.

Step 3: Start Broadcast

Click on “Start Broadcast”. PowerPoint will now prepare your presentation and create a unique viewing URL.

You can send this viewing URL to attendees via email or messaging apps.

Step 4: Present!

When ready, click on “Start Slide Show” to begin presenting. Your slides will now broadcast in attendee’s browsers.

Use presentation tools like laser pointer, highlighter etc. Attendees will be able to see your mouse movements.

Pause at key moments to allow discussions. Wait for responses to your questions.

Step 5: End Broadcast

When finished, Exit the slide show and click “End Broadcast” to stop broadcasting your presentation.

Following these steps lets you easily broadcast your PowerPoint presentation online to any number of attendees worldwide!

Key Benefits of Broadcasting Presentations Online

Broadcasting PowerPoint presentations online has many benefits compared to in-person presentations:

1. Increased Reach

Online broadcast allows you to present to more people simultaneously, regardless of location. Anyone with internet access can view your presentation.

This increases your reach exponentially compared to venue-constrained in-person presentations.

2. Greater Convenience

Online broadcasting eliminates travel needs for both presenters and viewers.

Presenters can broadcast from their own space. Viewers can attend from anywhere without having to commute. This improves convenience.

3. Lower Costs

Venue and travel costs make in-person events expensive. Broadcasting online minimizes these costs allowing cheaper presentations.

Online events also save money on printing handouts and other physical presentation collateral.

4. Easy Sharing

The viewing URL can be easily shared via email, IM or social media allowing quick information dissemination.

Recordings can also be shared later with people who missed the live broadcast.

5. Real-Time Engagement

Online broadcasting allows real-time Q&A and discussions for better audience engagement.

Presenters can also use web conferencing software like Teams or Zoom for more interactivity.

6. Detailed Analytics

Online events provide detailed analytics like no. of viewers, peak concurrent viewers, average view times etc.

This helps assess presentation effectiveness and audience engagement levels.

Tips for Creating Effective Broadcast Slideshows

Here are some tips to create effective PowerPoint presentations for online broadcast:

Keep it Simple

Don’t overload slides with too much text or complex animations. Use an easy-to-read font like Arial or Calibri with size above 24 points.

Add Visuals

Include relevant charts, graphs, images and videos. Visuals make presentations more interesting and information easier to digest.

Use Color Effectively

Ensure sufficient contrast between text and background colors for readability. Limit colors to create a professional, coordinated look.

Be Concise

Keep content focused around key points. Convey information clearly and concisely within short 5-7 minute per slide averages.

Interact with Viewers

Pause for Q&A sessions. Ask questions and poll audiences to improve engagement.

Test Presentation Flow

Ensure your presentation flows logically and is easy to follow. Use slide titles and transitions to link concepts.

Following these tips will help you create visually appealing and engaging presentations that broadcast well online to remote viewers.

Over to You!

Broadcasting your PowerPoint presentations online is easy and gives many benefits over in-person presentations.

Simply optimize your slideshow, setup broadcast service, share viewing URL with attendees and start presenting!

So next time you need to present online to remote audiences, use PowerPoint’s broadcast feature for wider reach and greater convenience.

What aspects of online broadcasting presentations interest you? Let me know in the comments!