The pandemic has brought in an accelerated paradigm shift in the way people “go” to work. Most businesses today prefer having their employees work remotely or have set up a hybrid environment where attendance is not mandatory.
With that said, the way a PowerPoint slide is presented also needs to evolve to be suitable for a virtual environment.
This is where voiceovers come in. According to Data Bridge Market Research, the Text-to-Speech market is growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 15.8% (study period 2022 to 2029) and is expected to value at $6,382 million by 2029.
The magnitude of these numbers signifies the importance of leveraging this novel way of creating impactful presentations.
The idea of delivering a PowerPoint presentation is to address a room full of a live audience. According to Southern Illinois University, an ideal slide should follow the rule of 7×7 – seven lines per slide and seven words per line. That amounts to anywhere between 6 and 50 words.
This rule, however, leaves no room to explain the idea contained on that slide while keeping the word count within the right brackets, given the virtual environment of businesses today. That is a massive handicap that compromises the quality of a presentation and the value of an idea.
Leveraging the capability of AI voiceovers for your slides helps you retain a more virtual and remote audience than a traditional slide.
Imagine this: you receive a traditional slide from somebody for a seminar you missed. You open it, scan it quickly for the keywords that catch your attention, and the presentation ends. Not only does this fail to communicate the idea contained in the slide, but it also loses engagement with the audience.
By adding voiceovers to slides, you give the viewer extra breadcrumbs to chew on that they wouldn’t find in the slide text. Here, you’ve already raised the level of attentiveness the viewer gives to your presentation.
You can tailor an on-premises experience even for those who missed your presentation delivery. In a way, this shows them how serious you are about an idea and that it matters to you that everyone is able to understand it properly.
Additionally, listening to a presentation may soon become as popular as listening to a podcast or audiobook – helping busy people save time while commuting when their eyes are busy on the road.
Handy Tips to Enhance Your Presentation Using Text-to-Speech Software
Adding voiceover notes and bonus information through text to speech here and there makes your slide that much more interesting to view and listen to.
Here are three tips to do it right:
- Normally, you would prioritize creating your slide first before adding notes. With voiceovers, creating the script first allows you to design a slide that is crisper and better
- Learn to punctuate. When using AI voiceovers, punctuations become the key to creating sentences that are easy to understand, rather than sounding like a robot prattling off twenty words in a row
- Select a voice that reflects your brand. In the end, you are only a representative of your organization. The voice you select must reflect the ethos of your brand (for example, a female, high-pitched voice for a beauty brand and a medium pitch for skincare)
- Practice “Less is more.” The objective is to deliver valuable information that one can quickly listen to and absorb – your slide isn’t a podcast
Presenting your slide with voiceovers makes it interesting to view and understand. Text-to-speech software enables you to get more information across with fewer words to read for the viewer, with an enhanced viewing experience as well. Try text to speech today!