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.