Like many of you, I’ve spent years working with PowerPoint. I used it in college for projects. I’ve used it throughout my career internally and externally to present ideas, processes, and results. Although it’s been around since 2009, a friend recently introduced me to “Prezi”, a different way to create dynamic and engaging presentations. I might be in love….
On their wiki, Prezi is described as a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. The canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map.
Prezi has some extremely user-friendly instructional videos on their site, including a step by step guide on how to “prezify” your existing PowerPoint presentations by importing your slides and spatially rearranging them. Or, you can start from scratch with a blank canvas. Click anywhere within your Prezi to add ideas, zooming into each idea to elaborate, add images, etc. During your meeting, you can navigate freely throughout the presentation, adding a more natural flow to your story. You can zoom in to highlight details or out to talk big picture tickets. The non-linear aspect really allows for true organic dialogue.
If you need inspiration, they have a multitude of sample Prezis on the site. Some even use Prezi for fun projects, such as digital birthday cards. Recent grads are even using it to create “Presumes” to stand out from the crowd. This fall, they plan to launch “Prezi Meeting”, which allows all participants to update shared templates in real-time, regardless of whether they are on location. Each participant can monitor the others’ actions, seeing changes and reviews as they happen.
What do you think? Would you use Prezi? Have you used it and if so, did it enhance your presentation? I’d be curious to hear how this type of tool has been used in the public sector!