Steve Jobs changed not only the way we viewed mobile phones and laptops, he also revolutionized the world of corporate presentations. It is said that Steve was the greatest presenter that corporate America has seen. There are more YouTube videos of him (35,000 as of 2010) than any other business leader. The key elements that set him apart were his ability to tell a story, use humor, present business numbers effectively and create an ‘experience’ so convincing in the minds of the audience that they became the evangelists of the Apple brand. Steve Jobs’ enthusiasm shone through his presentations, completely belying the fact that his presentations were in fact meticulously rehearsed over hours and hours of practice.
While Steve honed the art of presenting over three decades, for lesser mortals, such as this blogger, thankfully there is Prezi.com to turn to. Prezi is a cloud based presentation software which our very own Ramon Ray and some of the other brilliant folks with Smallbiztechnology.com, have written on.
And here’s the latest addition to Prezi’s features – you can now add audio to your presentationsl a feature it’s users asked for, so they are now delivering. Prezi has clearly struck a chord with its users; how else would you explain that it today has more than 20 million users, with an unbelievable 1 million users being added every month. Here are some tips they offer to small businesses to help them make stellar presentations:
- Adapt your story to your audience: Every audience is different. The best presenters deliver unique and interesting perspectives just for that audience.
- It’s a presentation, not nap time: Engage with your audience and create visual triggers to help bring your presentation to life.
- Set the stage: Choosing the right visual aid sets the tone of your presentation. Choose wisely.
- Practice and improve: Understanding what you did right and wrong can make all the difference. Take time to ask questions after your presentation, these responses can really make an impact.
If your business involves pitching to clients on a regular basis, then its definitely worth your while to check out Prezi.com. It offers three usage plans. The basic plan is free but all your presentations will be visible to the public. The paid plans have a free trial period of about 30 days and range from $4.92 to $13.25 a month. The paid features include private presentations, using your own logo and higher storage space.
One can only wait and watch to see what Prezi.com has in store for us next! But more importantly are you willing to take that leap of faith from the comforts of your powerpoint presentation to a prezi? We look forward to hearing from you on your maiden ‘prezi’ experience!