Before we get into that, let’s look at two of the most popular presentation tools out there – Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote. Both have certainly souped up their offerings over the last few years and now offer some powerful and eye-catching graphics, animations, effects and sharing capabilities. They’re certainly not the dull slide-by-slide offerings they used to be.
But I still find them too restrictive and they fail to provide the “wow factor” needed to help stand out from the crowd. Once you’ve done a few presentations and used the various visual effects and jazzy content tools, they get a bit ‘samey’.
Aside from your rhetoric while presenting, you need a visual feast to keep people’s attention and ensure they will remember not just what you said, but how you brought them into the presentation and did more than merely keep their attention.
“Death-by-powerpoint” (sorry Microsoft!) is often the maxim used when people present, but those days are over. Enter: Prezi. I used it once and was hooked. You have all the capabilities of the traditional presentation tools, but don’t have to click through each slide one-by-one.
Don’t get me wrong. Slide-by-slide presentations still have an important place, particularly in the boardroom and in corporate environments.
But with Prezi, you literally have a blank canvas on which to put your content and then have the flexibility to pan around the canvas and zoom in on the important parts – it really helps visualise and bring to life your presentation.
Let me explain…the key feature in Prezi is the ability to “Pan and Zoom” to help visualise your ideas. You take your audience on a journey through your content. You can import all types of media; from images, PDFs and videos, to embedding YouTube videos. And yes, there is a Prezi iPad App as well.
Once you’ve mastered the simple beginner’s stuff, like the ability to move, scale, rotate, zoom and create a path to travel across the canvas, then you can start experimenting and refining.
One excellent feature is the ability to group and layer content to connect your ideas, streamline the flow of your presentation, and build a more engaging Prezi. I also love how YouTube videos are quickly embedded and will start automatically right on cue, as opposed to having click ‘play’ or set up an auto-start on traditional presentation tools.
To really understand how it works, here’s one I did earlier! You should now be taken to the Prezi dashboard – if you’re new to Prezi, please follow these steps:
- Hold your cursor over “More”, click “Fullscreen” for best viewing experience
- Then hover your cursor over “More” and then either:
- Click “Autoplay” (Prezi will commence with 4 second intervals), or…
- Click on the Right arrow to manually move forwards through the Prezi, or the Left arrow to move back
And remember, you can interrupt the flow at any time if you want to explore that part of the Prezi in more detail – pause, rewind, zoom in or out while you’re viewing – it’s really that simple and that interactive!
Have you used Prezi before, or are you a die-hard Ppt or Keynote fan? I always want to learn more and hear more about experiences, so do please share and leave a comment if you have an opinion.