I only have one major bit of advice to avoid “Death by Powerpoint:”
AVOID POWERPOINT AT ALL COSTS!
The first time I heard the phrase, “Death by PowerPoint,” was last semester by a fellow V3 Communications collegue. We were preparing for our end of the semester presentation, explaining the work we accomplished for our clients, and she told me we were going to use Prezi as a forum for preparing content. It was simple, visually appealing, and was effective for delivering our message.
It has also donned on me, that I dread going to classes where professors use PowerPoint as a main use of lecturing. From my freshman year even until my second semester of my senior year, professors have been using PowerPoint. Each slide is usually text heavy, boring, and everything the professor lectures about is printed on the slide. Does this not eliminate the need for the professor speaking about it? I believe that an image, or perhaps a few words speaks more than 100 words, and allows for simple messaging. I can almost guarantee that I am usually asleep by the third slide, unless I am hiked up on Red Bull. It takes much effort to get through this outdated presentation forum.
As PR Campaigns students, we have been instructed to use Prezi to prepare our final presentation, and I’m actually excited about this!
But what is so amazing about Prezi and why is it overpowering PowerPoint?
- Intuitive and extremely visual
- Zooming sketches on a visual napkin
- Tells a story without using boring slides
- Contains mapping and pathways
- Transitions take viewers on a visual journey
- Templates are simple
- Video capabilities
- THE BEST THING: IT’S NOT BORING
Though PowerPoint is still the current way of presenting in most school projects, lectures, and work environments, Prezi will make its way virtually into every presentation venue and take PowerPoint out (hopefully)!
Here’s an interesting and informative video that takes you on a Prezi journey, from start to finish: