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In this course, author and sought-after presenter Lisa Larson-Kelley introduces Prezi, a cutting-edge tool for creating dynamic presentations. Discover how to add layers of meaning to static presentations with multimedia, spatial relationships, and movement.
The course demonstrates the features and benefits of an effective Prezi presentation, shows how to navigate the user interface, and explains how to create, animate, share, and publish a prezi. Plus, Lisa shows how to present your prezi to a remote audience, via a web browser or your desktop.
Prezi lets you easily illustrate concepts and relationships, but for those of us who are used to linear thinking in presentations, it's nice to have a starting point. Diagrams can be a great solution. There are 12 pre-built diagrams you can use for flow charts, processes, timelines, and more. You can add as many diagrams to your Prezi as you like. To access the diagrams, go up to the top menu, and click on insert, then choose diagram, and the diagrams panel appears. Here you have several pre-built diagrams to choose from, and you can use the scroll bar here to look at all of them.
In our example here, I want to show the different branches of the No Obstacles brand. So, I'll chose a layout that's closest to what I want to show, the main brand and two sub-brands. And, the closest, I think, would be this divergent layout. So, we'll choose that. I'll click on it to select it and then click Choose. And the diagram gets added here to the canvas, and it automatically creates frames over on the left to animate. So of course, this is fully editable, so I'm going to grab the hand and I'm going to move it down to about where I want it be, and I do want it to be a little bit smaller than this.
So I'll drag the handle on the corner to make it smaller proportionally. And I'll use my scroll wheel to zoom in on it. And we'll be moving these things all around here. That's the one thing about Prezi is, it's not mathematical, so everything is done by eye. Here we go. Somewhere in there. And if I scroll in, you can see that there's click to add text. These are some text boxes they put in for me. And the text is very light, so I'm going to change the color so we can see it. If I click on it, that text disappears. I can change my color. I'll make it a nice dark blue.
I'll also change the style to a title style. And then when I do that I have to change the color again. And I'll type in No Obstacles, Inc. I'll grab ahold of the top of that text box to center it here, make it a little bit bigger, and I'll change it to center text. Make sure that's centered there, something like that. And now if I go down to the other items down here, I can do the same thing.
Let me get rid of this extra box here that we don't need by clicking on it and hitting the Delete key on my keyboard. Okay, and I'll make this a little bit bigger, darker, title, and we'll say Clothing. And just to make sure that color's changed, select it. There we go. And I'll do the same thing for the third.
Title, a little bit bigger, darker, and this is Home. Again select it, get that color to the right color, center it in there, zoom out a little bit. And I think both of these could be a little bit bigger. So I'm going to bump that text up a little bit. And this one, and also this one. Recenter it. There we go. And there we have a customized organizational chart, using a pre-built diagram in Prezi.
As you can see, diagrams can be a great starting point for many charts and visualizations. Using them as a starting point can save you a lot of time and effort and help you make better, more expressive presentations quickly.
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