Prezi, Where Presentations Don't Have to Be Boring / by Chel Wolverton

Last week I got sucked into Prezi again and this time, I fell in love even more. If you haven't heard of Prezi, it's a new kind of presentation tool.  Prezi tends to get you to dig in and find the creative bones and put them to use developing more than just a slideshow.  With fun or just plan cool visual effects.

I recently tweaked a syllabus Prezi for Howard Rheingold for his upcoming classes. This is just a small example of what Prezi can do.

If you want to get really crazy creative, then check out this press release done in Prezi...

Created by Adam Somlai-Fischer

If my mindblown awe isn't enough of an endorsement consider this:

  • In June 2009, Prezi has successfully closed a series A investment round with Nordic based VC firm, Sunstone Capital
  • Owner of TED, The Sapling Foundation has invested in Prezi
  • Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter has joined Prezi's advisory board
  • Prezi's founder and lead designer Adam Somlai-Fischer named as one of the world's top 40 emerging designers by I.D. magazine New York, is World Technology Awar winner in Arts category
  • Prezi has been awarded 2nd best at NextWeb Startup Rally in Amsterdam April 2009
  • Harvard Business, TechCrunch, Lifehacker, Mashable, Twitter founder Evan Williams and presentation guru Garr Reynolds have recently wowed about Prezi

This small company wants to make audiences and presenters alike have a lot of fun giving and listening to presentations.  For me they've succeeded.  It takes some getting used to, you'll spend some time learning it, that's usually half the fun.  You will also find you can engage your audience into the presentation a little better than using a typical PowerPoint.

If you've already tried Prezi, I'd love to see the results.  Just post them in the comments!  If you give a shot, do me a favor and let me know what you think?