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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.
Once you've finished your Prezi masterpiece,it's time to share it with the world. You can choose to present your Prezi online or offline. Let's look at each of your options along with some recommendations. And I'll cover each of these options in depth. In upcoming lessons. So your first option is online, on Prezi.com. This works well if you're presenting to an audience using a projector or just one-on-one with someone on your laptop. And as I mentioned earlier in the course, when I showed you how to set up Prezi meetings, you can also present remotely. You control the presentation, but people are watching on their own computers over the Internet.
Of course you'll want to be sure you're on a reliable Internet connection when presenting live from Prezi.com. To avoid this issue, you can present offline. There are two ways to do this. In Prezi desktop software, or as a standalone Prezi. This is an executable file that contains your Prezi and all of its assets. I showed you how to download each of these in a previous lesson. Either way, you can present your Prezi without an Internet connection. Now for some best practices. For live presentations, I recommend that you present a Prezi from a file, not in the browser, whenever possible.
While online Prezis are a great way to share after the talk, I found that running a Prezi locally gives you more reliable performance and smoother navigation. That being said, if you have YouTube videos embedded, you will also need to be sure that you have a decent Internet connection as well so you can load that video from youtube.com. But at least you'll only need it for the video. The rest of your presentation will be running locally. Personally, I like to present in the Prezi desktop software. Rather than an executable file. That way I can always switch over to the editor to make last minute tweaks, if I need to.
And here's a tip for speakers, it's always a good idea to make an offline copy of your Prezi before the talk. I've spoken at dozens of venues and I can tell you, maybe one or two of them actually had a reliable dedicated Internet connection for the speakers. If you're presenting to a group, you'll likely be using a projector to show your Prezi. Here are a couple things to keep in mind for the best quality. Most projectors have a 4:3 aspect ratio for the projected image. So, you'll want to plan ahead for this and optimize your content for that size as I've talked about earlier in the course. Once you're projecting your Prezi, you'll want to switch to Full Screen mode to make sure that your audience gets the full immersive Prezi experience.
And Prezi desktop now has some advanced features for presenting on a projector, and I'll cover those a little later. Now, let's take a moment to talk about presentation methods. How do you want to navigate your Prezi as you talk? There are two approaches. The obvious approach, is to set up an animation path and follow it, using the arrow keys or the right,left arrows in the bottom left. You advance forward and back along your presentation path as you present. This is the most structured and predictable way to navigate your Prezi. And it's the method most Prezi presenters are comfortable with.
The second method of presenting is to do it in a more fluid way using the SmartZoom feature. This lets you navigate around as needed to illustrate your points as you talk, rather than strictly following a preset path. I'll cover SmartZoom in an upcoming lesson. The more you use Prezi, the better you'll get at navigating. So, be sure to rehearse plenty before you take the stage.
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