Prezi... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When tasked with creating a presentation in a fun and innovative format, I was approached with the idea of using Prezi, "the presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life and make you a great presenter."


Studies show that Prezi is more organized, more engaging, more persuasive, and more effective than PowerPoint. Looking at the examples Prezi shows off, it does seem more engaging. It is definitely flashier than the PowerPoint linear presentation format. They offer a number of templates to use as a jumping off point, but in reality they are really quite similar to one another.


Prezi offers both use of their product via the web and they also have an app. They are both painfully slow to load. I have been staring at this screen for 5 minutes now...



If you have been working on Prezi for more than two hours, there is a slight chance you will get motion sickness from the movements from section to section. I had been working on my presentation for almost 8 hours at a time for a number of days. The headaches I was getting and dizziness was pretty awful - lots of quick zooming in and out.

All in all, it really is an innovative way to give presentations and possibly will leave your audience a little bit more captivated. I give Prezi a solid B+.