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Making your presentations MEMORABLE with Prezi!

Coming up on one year since I began using the Prezi presentation builder, I have some thoughts to share about it’s use (and misuse!).  For those of you who have not used Prezi before, I suggest you take a stab at converting one of your tried-and-true powerpoints into a Prezi presentation.  If nothing else, Prezi will make your content more edible, more memorable…regardless of your audience.

Some things to know about Prezi:

  • Prezi breaks the linear approach to delivering a presentation or workshop.
  • Your work is displayed on a single large canvas, similar to mind-mapping software.
  • Prezi is FREE!  There are paid options, but the free account will give you plenty of room to save your work.
  • Prezis are built online (unless you pay for the offline version) but can be presented offline for free.
  • The builders over at Prezi are making changes and adding cool features all the time.

What Prezi can do for you:

  • Make your presentation pop!  The unique look and feel will be remembered by your audience
  • Connect ideas in your content!  Instead of slides, Prezi uses ‘frames’ which can hold text, pictures, and other media that are related.
  • Help you show emphasis!  Prezi is known as the “zooming” presentation tool.  Go ahead and re-size certain frames; you can zoom into them while making a point.

Some common mistakes people make when using Prezi:

  • Over-use of zoom & rotate features.  Be careful not to send your audience into a head-spin with too many intense zooms in or out.  Use the rotation and zoom features to emphasize big points or transitions
  • Setting the ‘path’ too soon.  If you set your path (order of frames) before your content is finished, you’ll have a harder time having to rearrange the content to match your path.  Save setting your path for the end.
  • Thinking a cool-looking Prezi needs less content.  Prezi is a tool, so be careful to not think you can skimp on content and make your point.  Try converting a PowerPoint into a Prezi before making one from scratch.
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7 thoughts on “Making your presentations MEMORABLE with Prezi!

  1. Hey Billy, I enjoyed reading your review of Prezi. Do you have any examples of great Prezi presentations that you’ve seen or that you’ve made yourself? I haven’t seen a really good one yet 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed reading my post, Alex! Yes, I’ve come across some really great Prezis, and am in the process of creating new ones as we speak 😉

      Here’s link to one of the better Prezis I’ve seen. Math is not linear was made by Alison Blank back in June of 2010, but still stands as a good example of a presentation made in Prezi. This is not to mention that the message behind it is important, too!

  2. Thank you for the recommendation, Billy! I just got finished looking at “Math is not linear” by Alison Blank. I could potentially see the attraction because the material is presented in a novel, fun medium. However, the Prezi only contains text – no images – so it doesn’t apply the picture superiority effect and really goes against what our visual presentation masters (Reynolds, Duarte, Kawasaki, Waknell, etc.) say about an effective slideshow. I also found the movement dizzying, which is why I think Garr Reynolds used the adjective “inebriating” to describe Prezi… Do you have any others that you liked? I’m still, very respectfully, not convinced… But I’m still trying to see your point of view! 🙂

  3. Well, to each their own, I suppose 😉

    I’ve found Prezi to be an effective tool to get messages across and organize ideas. Images, video, and links can all be embedded into a Prezi, which are an essential aspect of a good presentation. You could even import an infographic into a Prezi and navigate around it if you were so inclined. Or build one inside Prezi, for that matter!

    My typical audiences are instructors in higher education that are looking for ways to engage learners both F2F and online. Prezi isn’t for everyone, but a handful of professors I’ve shown this tool to have experienced positive feedback from their students.

    Rather than thumb through Prezis that I think are cool, would you be willing to search for some that meet the recommendations of the presentation experts? I’d love to some that you think are great.

  4. Pingback: Prezi Part II – Editing and Managing your Prezi Presentations! « Billy Meinke's Blog

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