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It’s everyone’s worst nightmare.
You’re in the middle of a presentation and everything is going just fine--until it isn’t. You’ve lost your train of thought and you don’t know how to get back on track.
One way to avoid this is to prepare speaker notes beforehand. Visme, a PowerPoint alternative, allows users to add notes to their slides to help remind them of what to say during a live presentation. Follow this short walkthrough video to learn how to use them or read the steps below:
Once you’ve chosen a presentation template and are in the Visme editor, you can click on the hamburger menu to the top left of your screen and then choose the Presentation Notes feature.
A window will then appear on your screen. You can start typing in your notes and format them as you wish by applying different font styles, colors and point sizes.
Once done inserting your notes, you can click on the X at the top right of the window to close it.
Once you’ve completed your presentation, you can click on the Publish button at the top of your screen to view it in full-screen mode. From here, you can then click on the icon at the bottom of your screen to launch your Presentation Notes.
If you’re giving a timed delivery, you can view the amount of time that has passed since you started your presentation. To mentally prepare yourself for the next point you want to make, you can also view which slide comes next in the deck.
When actually delivering your presentation, you can then set up your presentation on two computers: the one connected to the projector and the other one on your laptop, to be used for your own reference.
If you’re conducting a webcast and sharing your screen with an online audience, you can also move your presentation notes window to a second monitor connected to your computer so that it can only be viewed by you.
In the case you want to present it offline because you have spotty wifi or no connection at all, you can simply download your presentation as an HTML5 file, which is nothing more than a zip file that can be opened with any browser, even if offline. Your presentation notes will work just the same as if you were presenting online.
You can also use the feature to keep you on track as you record tutorials or video lessons. Take a look at how Visme founder Payman Taei uses this feature during the recording of his Make Information Beautiful video series:
Still haven’t taken Visme for a test drive yet? Try it out for free here and let us know what you think below.