Prezi: Next Generation of PowerPoint

Have you ever sat through a really boring presentation and felt like you learned nothing? 

Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide-making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides, Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and emphasize the ideas presented there.

Prezi helps you organize your thoughts and deliver them in a clear way that makes an impact on your audience and helps them reach that ‘ah-hah’ moment faster.

Unlike slides, which literally box you in, Prezi gives you a limitless zoom-able canvas and the ability to show relationships between the big picture and fine details. The added depth and context makes your message more likely to resonate, motivate, and be remembered.

Prezi supports the use of text, images, and videos and also provides a collection of templates to choose from to help new users get accustomed to the interface.

Opening a blank Prezi will take you to a large white canvas, a place where you can post your ideas then arrange and re-arrange until the presentation flows. You will be able to zoom to different parts of the canvas where your content will be organized.

Your audience will want to recognize visual connections between your content, so adjust your content accordingly. The visual representation of what you are saying should be able to convey the message better than the words that you are saying. This is why Prezi can be so effective in comparison to PowerPoint.

With Prezi you can tell your story and convey information to your audience in a non-linear, dynamic way that is both engaging and easier to understand. To take your Prezi to the next level, rotate text and objects to help the audience visually experience the circularity, curvature, and rotation in your Prezi. Rotation is a great method for representing nonlinear concepts such as turning a corner or looking at something from a different angle. You can even place sub points inside the text of your main points!

Once you have finished creating your Prezi and you’re ready to present it to the world, you need to enter Present Mode. You don’t need to save your file as a video, simply entering Present Mode will put you in a position where you are ready to present.

Costs: Prezi is a cloud-based service, so you don’t have to download it to your computer and you can get to your account from any internet-connected device. There is no cost for a basic account; the cost for advanced features varies from $59 to $795 per year.

 

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