PowerPoint versus Prezi

Do you make presentations from time to time? Perhaps you train your staff, do sales presentations to potential clients, or post presentations online? The most common program to use of course is PowerPoint; I don’t know about you but I’m bored with it, it’s so very predictable

On the upside PowerPoint is easy to use, easy to learn, and accessible. However, if you are only modestly technically savvy and would like to wow your audience, you might want to take a look at Prezi, www.prezi.com.

What’s the difference? Well dear old PowerPoint lets us show slide after slide after slide, one after the other in all their regimented glory, while Prezi is like the whiteboard in your office, or board room, but bigger. Imagine an infinite whiteboard where you can let your ideas roam to their hearts content – where you can add photographs, videos, documents, shapes – anything you want.

The big difference is that PowerPoint is pretty much a monologue – slides come up and you address each one while the audience reads the bullet points. With Prezi you can move around the unlimited white space at will; if a question arises from something you said a few moments, or an hour previously, all you have to do is zoom out, and then zoom back in to the previous point, image, graphic. The Prezi people say that their program allows for “ … conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas.”

So, what are the pros and cons of these programs? PowerPoint’s strengths are: its simplicity; the program is based on your computer; the masses of templates and backgrounds available; the ability to change fonts to anything you have on your computer; all the standard transitions you can use; the ability to link to an external website; the printability of handouts, and Microsoft’s insertable charts and graphs from other programs such as Excel.

So, let’s look at Prezi’s strengths. The biggest thing of course is the ability to zoom in and out of any part of your presentation at will. This complete flexibility is very useful and also impressive to those watching. It makes the presentation visually exciting and that in itself is a huge plus point when it comes to keeping an audience’s attention. The other thing of course is that you can integrate any media seamlessly into your Prezi presentation in a way you simply can’t do easily with PowerPoint.

I’ll talk more about these programs in a future post.

In the meantime check out our new off-the-shelf Prezi’s.