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Planning your presentation

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When you are giving a presentation, ideally you've got a place in mind that you want to take your audience--a journey with a specific destination. And every purposeful journey needs a map. So before you set out to build your prezi, you are going to want to set aside some time for planning. This planning could be in the form of a sketch, a mind map, or even a series of index cards. But whatever you do, don't slip back into slide mode in your head. It can be a real challenge to start thinking outside of the slide, but just creating a series of frames and stepping through them in Prezi is going to be one big yawn and a big missed opportunity.

Planning your presentation

When you are giving a presentation, ideally you've got a place in mind that you want to take your audience--a journey with a specific destination. And every purposeful journey needs a map. So before you set out to build your prezi, you are going to want to set aside some time for planning. This planning could be in the form of a sketch, a mind map, or even a series of index cards. But whatever you do, don't slip back into slide mode in your head. It can be a real challenge to start thinking outside of the slide, but just creating a series of frames and stepping through them in Prezi is going to be one big yawn and a big missed opportunity.

This is your chance to think more creatively and convey another level of meaning to your information. Now you may be thinking, "I'm not creative at all. I'm right-brain thinker." Well, lucky you. This isn't about painting a pretty picture; it's about logically organizing your information. And if you think about it, are sequential slides really logical? Orderly sure, but they may not be a very logical way to show relationships and interdependencies that likely exist. When you're looking at your content and concepts, plan out spatial relationships. Help your audience see connections between related ideas by placing them close to each other on the canvas.

Less-important ideas should be smaller. Another metaphor you can use is the climax. Start with minor supporting details, then zoom out for the big reveal. To help you see these connections and hierarchy, I highly recommend sketching out your ideas and fleshing out content on paper before starting to build your prezi. For example, here's my sketch for the prezi we will build in this course. Think about the organization of the information and fill in the details later. This structure is as important as the foundation of a house. Without a clear strong foundation, the whole thing will fall apart.

Then look for templates that will work with that structure, and I'll talk more about templates in an upcoming chapter. You can always customize a template, but I've found that it's easier to start from an existing one, especially when you are new to Prezi. If you have an idea for your prezi structure that involves complex graphics, you may want to consider laying out your canvas in Adobe Illustrator or other vector drawing programs such as Inkscape or LayOut, which is the 2D companion to Google's SketchUp 3D editor. To give you an idea of what I mean, here's a good example of the use of complex graphics.

This is a prezi that was created by Prezi founder Adam Somlai-Fischer, someone who has a lot of experience with Prezi. So here he created the entire background structure in a vector art editor and imported it into Prezi, and then he added paths for animations and zooms to various areas in the artwork. And this is a great approach for people who are a bit more creative and don't want to rely on templates. Now, a final word about planning: make sure you're making Prezi work for you, not the other way around. Try to break out of slide mode and think about your presentation as a journey with twists and turns and drama, not just steps in a straight line.

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Up and Running with Prezi

47 video lessons · 25020 viewers

Lisa Larson-Kelley
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
      37s
  2. 8m 24s
    1. What makes a good prezi?
      2m 48s
    2. Planning your presentation
      2m 47s
    3. Best practices
      2m 49s
  3. 7m 22s
    1. Understanding the online editor
      1m 22s
    2. Using the Prezi desktop
      6m 0s
  4. 19m 9s
    1. Creating an account
      2m 33s
    2. Creating prezis
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding the interface
      8m 9s
    4. Navigating the interface
      1m 3s
    5. Moving, scaling, and rotating with the Transformation tool
      2m 4s
    6. Understanding Home view
      1m 5s
  5. 10m 55s
    1. Using the Theme Wizard
      4m 45s
    2. Understanding 3D backgrounds
      1m 49s
    3. Importing from PowerPoint
      4m 21s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Creating text
      4m 10s
    2. Creating frames
      3m 16s
    3. Drawing shapes
      5m 27s
    4. Adding diagrams
      4m 5s
    5. Adding web links
      4m 27s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Rotating and aligning elements
      5m 3s
    2. Layering elements
      1m 28s
    3. Grouping elements
      5m 23s
  8. 24m 23s
    1. Inserting images
      6m 43s
    2. Inserting video
      5m 3s
    3. Inserting sound
      1m 59s
    4. Inserting Flash files
      2m 54s
    5. Inserting files
      2m 23s
    6. Organizing assets
      1m 35s
    7. Navigating and rearranging with paths
      3m 46s
  9. 5m 29s
    1. Autoplaying the presentation
      1m 52s
    2. Adding frame animations
      3m 37s
  10. 5m 34s
    1. Editing with others in Prezi Meeting
      3m 43s
    2. Presenting remotely
      1m 51s
  11. 10m 2s
    1. Publishing your prezi
      2m 1s
    2. Configuring privacy settings
      2m 36s
    3. Embedding a prezi in a web site
      1m 59s
    4. Downloading a portable prezi
      3m 26s
  12. 9m 5s
    1. Approaches to presenting
      3m 6s
    2. Presenting from a browser
      1m 8s
    3. Portable prezis
      1m 21s
    4. Presenting from the desktop
      1m 43s
    5. Using Smart Zoom
      1m 47s
  13. 54s
    1. Next steps
      54s

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