Prezi, the new online slideshow presentation tool on the internet block is impressive. And like SlideShow.net and PowerPoint, the quintessential ancestor of all modern day corporate or academia presentations, neither assures the success of your message.
To avoid presenter’s death via Prezi, PowerPoint, or any visual tool use these three resources:
- Visit The Leadership Institute for PowerPoint slide creation support.
- Practice the craft of public speaking via your local ToastMaster’s group.
- Then after you have melded your visuals to your important message, celebrate your success with a bit of laughter via Don McMillan’s YouTube video, Life After Death by PowerPoint
That said, Prezi, a powerful online presentation system allows for unprecedented zooming, video, and hyperlink capabilities and until recently speakers could only use it with internet connectivity. Not so anymore. Prezi Desktop allows users to take their presentations offline.
And while everyone will marvel over all of the Prezi eye candy capability, as famed researcher William Tufte has lamented the message is more important than the medium in which it is delivered. Tufte suggests ill prepared PowerPoint slideshows can have many negative ramifications. He studied the use of PowerPoint among NASA engineering teams. He concluded that several Space Shuttle program disastrous flights were related to overly complicated PowerPoint slides.
Don’t let you and your team suffer from this mistake. Whether Prezi or PowerPoint, there is little doubt the message is most assuredly more important than the medium in which it is contained. And the 2012 Pulitzer awardees appear to be a strong indication of this idiom according to PaidContent.org. PaidContent.org’s Staci Kramer’s article, The 2012 Pulitzers: The medium doesn’t matter, provides some proof of this.
If you have not taken Prezi for a test ride, you can sign up for a free basic account here. After signing up, one can immediately take advantage of all the extraordinary features Prezi has to offer including the ability to absorb your carefully crafted current PowerPoint presentations. Good luck on your next important presentation!