It’s hard to imagine a day without your phone. That is the case for most of us. To be more exact, it’s the case for 67% of the urban population. 5 billion people are using a mobile device of some sort, according to the most recent report on digital usage across the globe by We Are Social and Hootsuite.
“There’s an app for everything” has never rung more true. Presentation apps are not an exception. In fact, they are one of the best things to happen to public speakers around the world, enabling them to create and rehearse presentations anywhere, anytime.
Whether you’re still finding your style or you’re an experienced speaker, these apps will make it even easier for you to deliver amazing keynote speeches and presentations.
Here are our favorite presentation apps:
- Virtual Orator
- Teleprompter Pro
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Google Slides
The newly launched app was created by Drexel University engineering students Danish Dhamani and Paritosh Gupta. Orai provides written prompts that you read aloud, which it then processes to provide instant feedback on speech clarity, filler words, pace, and vocal energy to help you become a more effective communicator.
The app uses artificial intelligence to analyze the speech clarity, energy and pace, and recognizes filler words. It also gives you easy-to-use improvement tips; for example, in order to increase credibility and decrease the use of filler words, the app suggests to speak slower.
This is a similar app, acting like a speech coach. The app identifies the use of filler words like “um” and “ah” that can be very distracting to your audience. After recording your speech, it generates a transcript highlighting where you used filler words, so you can omit them from your future talks.
Its creators are also exploring additional use cases for Ummo, particularly with hardware and wearable integrations. Imagine a clip-on mic or necklace that seamlessly and continuously analyzes your speech over the course of an entire day, providing real-time feedback via your Apple Watch, buzzing your wrist each time you say a filler word or showing you data you care about on your watch display.
As the name implies, VirtualSpeech provide a VR training platform designed to help you improve your sales pitch, public speaking, presentations, and more. The app works on mobiles, which can then be inserted into low cost VR headsets to experience the 360° environments.
It has many unique features, like providing you with various photo-realistic environments, including large and small conference rooms, as well as realistic audiences. You can even add images of the actual room you’ll be speaking in, into the virtual conference room, so you can more effectively practice for your upcoming event.
Another great app for public speaking is Virtual Orator. You can practice your slide-based presentation by importing it into the app. Your slides are projected in all venues that support it and a laptop displays the slides in front of you.
The app allows for audience questions as well. Record questions and interjections to be included in the virtual scenario and they will be triggered at appropriate moments to be spoken by a member of the virtual audience.
Also offering helpful tips for delivering presentations, the app stands out by focusing on the critical areas of voice, energy, and stance. The Vocal Coach feature of the app provides you with instant feedback on vocal energy elements such as volume level and inflection. The Energy Coach feature of the app gives will tell you if you are using too much, too little, or just the right amount of movement and energy. And, lastly, you have The Visual Coach, which gives you feedback on posture and body language.
Use it to get useful tips on how to prepare presentations, deliver them with impact, and how to properly present them when using visuals.
Teleprompter Pro has a Lite and a Premium version, both very responsive and easy to use. The app will help you deliver your presentation content, continuously highlighting where you are in the script as you’re reading.
The Premium version has a video recording function, which you can use to evaluate yourself and improve your delivery.
With similar functions as some of the other apps, PitchPal analyzes your speech and shows you your word count, pace, clarity, pauses, and more.
The app tells you which are the most commonly used keywords and themes of your speech to ensure that you don’t repeat yourself or that you stay on topic. You also have a filler words chart that shows you how many fillers words you used in your recording.
Presentation Slide Apps
You can also use your trusted presentation slide software to rehearse your speech. Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Slides, LinkedIn SlideShare, Slideshow Maker, Prezi Viewer, they all have a mobile app that you can use on the go. This is also a great way to back up your presentation!
Here are some of the most common presentation design apps:
- Microsoft PowerPoint in AppStore • Google Play
- KeyNote in AppStore
- Google Slides in AppStore • Google Play
- Prezi in AppStore • Google Play
What’s your favorite app? Did we miss an important one? Let us know in the comments below.