Have you heard? PowerPoint is dead – Prezi is here

October 16, 2009

in Prezi

What is Prezi?

In a nutshell, Prezi is a Flash-based presentation system that allows users to create incredibly dynamic presentations. Presentations where you can zoom in and out across a large area (no slides), create motion paths, embed images and video and do things that previously needed a pretty competent Flash developer and a whole chunk of time. It kicks traditional slide ware way into touch. And it is very, very easy to learn and use.

Is it better than PowerPoint?

No of course it’s not. I don’t even see it as a competitor. If Microsoft’s tool is the motor car, Prezi is the hand-built kit car for weekend use only. It looks lovely, it fills your heart with joy, it performs wonderfully well on those high mountain roads in summer, when love is in the air and you’re 25… But it’s fragile, windy and noisy and you wouldn’t take the kids away in it, for a week skiing in December. Not yet anyway.

Obviously, Prezi is not as broad, flexible, integrated or widely used as Bill’s much derided package, so it’s nowhere near PowerPoint as the default option for corporates, but as an expert user of PowerPoint, I could do some things much more easily and powerfully with this little gem, and there are times that I’d choose to use it, without question,  simply because Prezi’s starting position is so different.

Crap presenters will still present badly with Prezi, maybe even worse because there’s less structure to follow than in a PPT template. But designers, poets, CEO’s who want to woo investors, show-offs, me, and people with a little bit of hunger for the new and dangerous will just want to have a go.

Should we learn how to use it?  Of course you should. Why ?

It differentiates you from 99.99% of the others in your field. Put it more directly. I had a pitch last week for a big chunk of credit-crunch busting work over 2 years. I created a great story, charmed the client, created the visuals and chose to use this (with a PPT backup if all went wrong). It just wowed them. It made us look and feel different to the other people who’d walked into that room before us.  Yes, we did a good job too- 95% our work, 5% these slavic nutcases at Prezi. But it helped .

You’ve got to try it out if you call yourself a presenter.  Haven’t you?

Teach yourself Prezi with our new eBook, or find out how I can help you to design some truly stunning presentations.

 

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey

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razo October 19, 2009 at 11:24 am

Hi,

Thanks for the post! Prezi by the way is absolutely an alternative to PPT and I would even recommend it for that December mountain ski tour. it's easy to share, collaborate (even password protected) and there is nothing you can't do better with Prezi than in PPT. Create relations, build arguments in a nice and easy way. Please check how Parag Khanna used it at TEDGlobal conference: http://blog.prezi.com/2009/09/30/prezi-at-tedglobal-video-of-parag-khanna-mapping-the-future-of-countries/

Best,
Zoli
Prezi.com

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Ariel Levin April 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I saw Prezi in action at a recent Estee Lauder presentation in Israel – it was very impressive and in Hebrew to boot…
If you need the WOW factor then Prezi is a great tool although it demands a lot more set up time than MS PP in my opinion.
Another cool tool for creating animated presentations is Powtoon (www.powtoon.com) – useful for anything from a product video pitch to a training presentation.

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aathinarayanan May 3, 2012 at 3:49 am

I install prezi desktop 3.034.air
When i run prezi desktop it will ask username and password.
i give corresponding (correct) username and password but it will says ” NO CONNECTION TO PREZI.COM” but i opened prezi websites with login my account.

anybody please give me a solution for this problem………

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Jim Harvey May 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

Contact the support desk at prezi.com through email, and they’ll help you. They’re very good.

jim

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aynaissadodson April 4, 2013 at 2:04 am

can i ask you a question how many prezi have you done so far

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Lesley Barringer April 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi there,

197 Prezis done for clients and our own use. And Hundreds of versions of those. Hope that helps. Jim

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Orfe Pomazon December 30, 2012 at 2:15 am

I saw Prezi in action at a recent Estee Lauder presentation University – it was very impressive and in Hebrew to boot…
If you need the WOW factor then Prezi is a great tool although it demands a lot more set up time than MS PP in my opinion.
Another cool tool for creating animated presentations is Powtoon (www.powtoon.com) – useful for anything from a product video pitch to a training presentation.

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aynaissadodson April 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

this is my frist time gonna do a prezi very exited to try something new

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Lesley Barringer April 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Good luck and just remember to keep it simple, use the pictures, and don’t have too many spins and zooms.

Jim

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