For the last number of years I have used both Both Powerpoint and Prezi for presentations.
After delivering a Prezi presentation I always get the same question, which is better, Powerpoint or Prezi?
My answer is always the same, it depends on the context.
You determine which is better based on your presentation.
Is your Presentation data driven and requires a formal structure?
Typically PowerPoint is the best option for this type of presentation
- Step by step detail
- Numbers and data
Is you Presentation idea driven and has the flexibility for a creative structure?
Typically Prezi is the best option for this type of presentation
- Big picture
- Map like layouts
- Content for young audiences
You should also ask yourself what impact do I want the application to have on my audience?
PowerPoint is seen as professional.
Although there seems there to be a certain degree of audience fatigue around PowerPoint.
Prezi has a wow factor, particularly for audiences who have previously not seen Prezi presentations.
Although the pan, zoom, and rotate functionality needs to be used smoothly to prevent motion-sickness in your audience.
Other Key Differences
There are a number of key differences between the two applications, if you still are undecided whats best for you this table may help.
|Collaboration||Shared drive to support multiple editors||Multiple online editors|
|Learning curve||User friendly||
Summary – Powerpoint vs Prezi
Powerpoint is best suited to data driven presentations, and is viewed as professional.
Prezi is best suited to idea driven presentations, and has a wow factor.
Prezi of this blog
If you want to view a prezi presentaion of this blog content,I created a prezi with embedded powerpoint slides to show the difference in the two applications. Please see Powerpoint-vs-Prezi
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