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.”