Prezi is kind of like discovering new music – you want to share the awesomeness with your friends, but you don’t want too many people to find out and ruin the underground “cool.” I’ve been using Prezi for several months now, and I’ve made two kick-ass presentations on the cloud-based presentation maker. I’ve been avoiding writing about it, because, frankly, I want to continue to be the cool kid at the presentation meeting. But, alas, it’s time to share the love.
When my friend introduced me to Prezi he was practically jumping on tables from enthusiasm for the site. And with good reason. Prezi is seriously impressive. It’s bringing your presentations to life through dazzling effects and animation. It pegs itself as a “communication tool that helps you organize, present and share your ideas.” The video below shows you how Prezi will impress the pants off your audience at your next presentation. And, if they’re a good-looking audience, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. PowerPoint, eat your heart out:
How it Works
So, admittedly there is a large learning curb. It took me around four hours of blood, sweat and tears, but once I got the hang of it I was addicted to making my presentations cooler and cooler with all the awesome features. And, there are literally hundreds of “how-to” videos that will walk you through any question you might have about using Prezi.
There are three pricing tiers offered by Prezi:
- Public (free) – Your presentation will be open for public view, you have access to all core features, 100MB of storage
- Enjoy ($59 yearly) – Your presentations will be private, you have premium support, you can use your own logo and you have 500MB of storage
- Pro ($159 yearly) – Everything from the enjoy package, plus you can work with Prezi offline with 2g of storage
If you want to bring your new startup idea to life, I would suggest the Enjoy or Pro version so you can keep it private and avoid any Zuckerberg situations.
The Prezi Revolution
So, apparently Prezi is not as secret as I thought/want it to be. Since it’s launch in 2009, the site has grown to 1 million new users per month, with more than one Prezi created every second! Dang. And, the site is being promoted by people like TED curator Chris Anderson, saying:
“Prezi is helping reinvent the art of presentation. Farewell, one-dimensional thinking. Welcome instead the power of inter-connection, flexibility, and the unexpected ‘Aha!’”
Still not convinced? Watch the inspirational video above and I promise you you’ll join the Prezi revolution.