Chris Anderson at TEDGlobal – great talk, but check out Prezi for visual impact!

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TEDGlobalChris Anderson gave his first ever TED talk at TEDGlobal in July, which I really enjoyed.

The video is now on the web at and is well worth the 18 minutes of viewing time.

His main point was that the rise of web video is “driving a worldwide phenomenon – a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …”.

It was a great talk.

But what was also fascinating was his use of Prezi to power his presentation. TED invested in Prezi a while back, and I can see why. It is a way of creating presentations which flow more as one’s thoughts flow, rather than in bullet points.

Here’s Chris’ Prezi …

Prezi allows you to twist, turn, zoom and pan to create points of emphasis and has all-round “gee-whizz” impact. I am just experimenting with it myself. You can get a free account online, but that means your work is public. A subscription gets you privacy – and a little more let’s you work on the prezi on your laptop off-line. Just a word of caution – overdoing the effects can make you seasick!

No, I am not doing this as some kind of ad – but because I think it is very cool. Prezi has been around a while, but it seems to me to be about to hit its stride.

Check out this example from Alison Blank, on “Math is not Linear”

I am going to use Prezi myself in a presentation this week, although it is based on an original PowerPoint ported across with heavy graphic content.

I’ll let you know how it goes. And I’d love to hear of other people’s experiences.