Since it’s release in 2009, the new kid on the block has caught the curious eye of regular presenters in the corporate world. People regularly ask us at Persuaders; what it is and how, when can they use it. But should they really be using it for that upcoming data heavy investor presentation?
- Encourages presenters to identify one clear message for their presentation
- Flexibility/Non-linearity – Allowing the presenter to choose their own paths
- Zoom functionality
- Ability to embed flash (cool animations)
- Great integrations of multimedia (Prezi can play YouTube videos without opening a new window)
- No compatibility issues between Mac and PC
- Collaboration features helps when working with others
- Too much zooming can not only have a nauseating affect on your audience but may also distract them from your message
- Limited selection of backgrounds to choose from and each has pre-chosen fonts and colours that can’t be changed
- No speaker notes
- Requires training
- Cost is use Prezi offline on your desktop is $159 per year
When You Should and Shouldn’t Use Prezi
So, when should you use it? To get the best use of Prezi and it’s unique canvas/zoom functionality, we suggest using it for when you have a high level idea to present; maybe a one off motivational speech or ‘Celebrating 50 years’ presentation where you’d like to show a company history/progress on a timeline. Prezi doesn’t work so well however, when you have data and copy heavy slides to present, like in your sales presentation, marketing plans and training material. Here we suggest using a traditional presentation tool, such as PowerPoint or Keynote.
At the end of the day though Prezi is also just a tool! Whatever you choose to use, remember to have a story, don’t clutter your slides, use imagery and rehearse. For more presentation tips click here.
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