You have a presentation coming up next week to pitch a new idea to a potential client. You need to look smart, be persuasive, and make sure your clients don’t fall asleep at the boredom usually incurred via PowerPoint. I feel like Microsoft tried hard to make PowerPoint not generic and boring; I mean you can add animations and sound… regardless I have yet to create a PowerPoint that is really mindbogglingly awesome. So give up, and stop trying.
This golden nugget was shown to me a few years back at a recruiting presentation by Applied Trust, where I think I asked the only question, “What is the name of your presentation software?” “Prezi” was the short answer back.
Ya ok so what. Prezi is awesome for many reasons.
- Prezi is free (for most users)
- Prezi is cloud based (maybe a killer for those with sensitive data like me :()
- Prezi runs via a browser
- Prezi is on mobile devices
- Prezi looks good
- Prezi presentations logically connect data for the audience
All these are pretty obvious, but the last point is the most important. Many presentations I have viewed fail to adequately connect the dots. The motions provided by Prezi presentations do this in a subconscious way by adding perspective in addition to traditional things like text size and bullet-ing. There is a getting started on the Prezi site, but of course it will take some time to learn to Prezi.
Anyway, take a look on their site as well as the Prezi’s below,
“The Maverick Presenter” – This will be you soon
“Top 10 Reasons Java Programs Envy Scala” – Since you probably write code and present code