Practice Presenting with your Slides in VR Environments

Updated May 03, 2019 - Dom Barnard

Practice is essential for a successful presentation. Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, the speaker who's TED talk has been viewed over 20 million times, rehearsed 200 times before she delivered it in front of the TED audience.

Steve jobs would rehearse on stage for many hours, over many weeks, prior to the launch presentation of a major product. Many of us assume well known speakers are naturally gifted and don’t need much practice, however they still spend hours preparing.

When giving a presentation, it can be beneficial to practice with your own slides. In this article, we discuss using the VirtualSpeech virtual reality (VR) app to do just this - you can load in your own presentation slides and practice with them in the same virtual room as you.

This allows you to work on getting the correct slide change timings, pace of delivery and to remind you of the key message of that section.

Demo video of a user changing presentation slides in a virtual meeting room within the VirtualSpeech app.

Why use virtual reality?

Virtual reality can immerse users in the situations they are preparing for, whether that’s a conference, team meeting, networking event or sales pitch. Once you put on a VR headset, it looks and feels as if you are actually at the event.

A benefit of VR is that it helps recreate the fear and excitement you might experience when giving a presentation in front of an actual audience.

In addition, with virtual reality we can simulate mobile phones going off, audience members talking to each other, presenting with your slides and a range of other scenarios which you wouldn’t get without practicing in VR. You’ll therefore be more prepared when presenting at the real event.

Example VR scenarios with imported slides

Here are some example environments from the VirtualSpeech app, where users have loaded in their own slides to practice with.

Conference presentation

An example of a user imported presentation in the VirtualSpeech conference room. Slides are located below and behind the user.

Practice a conference presentation with your own slides in VR

Meeting room presentation

Example of presentation slides in a meeting room as shown in the video.

Practice a team meeting with your own presentation slides in VR

Boardroom pitch

An example of a virtual sales pitch room with user uploaded presentation slides to practice with.

Practice a sales pitch with your own presentation slides in VR

How to add slides to the VirtualSpeech app

The process to load your own presentation slides into the VirtualSpeech app is described in our app guide and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to do. Essentially there are two ways to do this:

  1. Email a PDF version of your presentation to your mobile device and open it with the VirtualSpeech App
  2. Connect your phone or VR headset to your computer and transfer the PDF presentation across via iMazing (iPhone) or File Transfer (Android, standalone VR headsets)

Where would this be useful?

Whenever you are required to give a presentation with slides, you can use the VirtualSpeech app to practice with them in a realistic way. Example situations where this might be useful:

  • Presenting at a large conference
  • Showing progress on a project to your team
  • Selling a new product or service to a business
  • Showing a new company vision at a townhall event