Prezi makes presentations that captivate—and elicit clear thinking

September 10, 2010 | Robert Scoble

If you watch TED speakers, you’ll see that some of the presenters are using cool software, where they can easily zoom from the big picture to the smallest details, in whatever order they want. They’re using Prezi.

“Prezi doesn’t use slides, the way that presentation tools do it,” explains Peter Arvai, CEO of Prezi. “What Prezi does is collect all these ideas into one surface. And it allows people to present in a non-linear way. So instead of going slide by slide by slide, you can show a big picture, and then focus on the topics that are interesting to anyone in the room.”

Among other things, Prezi eliminates the problem presenters face when someone in the room asks a question, and the presenter either has to say, “I’ll get there in 20 slides,” or starts flipping through the slides trying to find that one. With Prezi, you can just zoom out, and zoom back in on what’s relevant. “That’s the sort of non-linear presenting that this large surface helps you to do,” says Arvai. “It’s a combination of a mind map and a presentation tool. It works really well if you’re in the creation phase of an idea. So say you haven’t spent years reviewing a topic—you’re not ready to present at TED—but there’s something you’ve been thinking about, like a strategy for your startup. And for that, it turns out it works well to have that easy overview and zoom.”

Today, Prezi announces its latest product: Prezi Meeting, which allows people to edit and work on the same presentation together, on different computers, in real time. And that allows your group to refine your message—whether you’re in different cities or the same room, examining and discussing your ideas.

“We usually think about presentations as something we deliver on a stage,” says Arvai. “But the preparation to get to that point is actually almost as important, if not more important. To figure out your key messages, you need to have a pool of ideas that you can easily rearrange.”

More info:
Prezi web site: http://www.prezi.com
Prezi blog: http://blog.prezi.com/
Prezi profile on CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/prezi

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Darlene September 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Looks like an amazing tool. I’m looking forward to trying it out and learning something new, and having something other than PowerPoint to use for presentations!

Travis Wright @teedubya September 11, 2010 at 3:48 am

This is a great new tool. Thank you for making us aware of them with these great interview.

Robert you rock. This is two days in a row that you have shown me a new tool that is going to change my online habits. SD2 and now Prezi. Awesome stuff.

Thanks.

@teedubya

Wayne Mansfield September 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I have been looking for a way to take my presentation skills to a new level… prezi could just be what I am looking for… thanks Robert

Victor September 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Robert,

Thanks soo much for letting us know about these tools. This tool is awesome. I am ditching powerpoint. This is as much a credit to you as to the creators of Prezi….

Victor

Gordon September 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

I love it but it still takes a while to learn how to use it and how to present with it…

Jihoon Roh September 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

Wow! I like Prezi Meeting! Today, I just done Prezi lecture for Occupational Therapists.

@KSL September 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

Robert Scoble “I love it. Thank you for making something that changed my life.”

Great interview, nice article, sweet tool, best closing line. More of us should be openly thankful for the people who bring us life changing, thought provoking products. Well done.

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