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What makes a good prezi?

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The history of presentation software, like many of the presentations themselves, isn't terribly exciting. Because the software has primarily been for business use, which is notoriously conservative, breaking out of the linear slide-after-image-after-slide-after- slide paradigm has been difficult. Enter Prezi. Prezi lets you take what's inside of your head and put it on the screen. Complete with the storylines, direct relationships, and tangential connections, it's a chance to bring your information to life. That being said, if you have a very linear story to tell that doesn't lend itself to illustration with images or other media, Prezi may not be the right approach.

What makes a good prezi?

The history of presentation software, like many of the presentations themselves, isn't terribly exciting. Because the software has primarily been for business use, which is notoriously conservative, breaking out of the linear slide-after-image-after-slide-after- slide paradigm has been difficult. Enter Prezi. Prezi lets you take what's inside of your head and put it on the screen. Complete with the storylines, direct relationships, and tangential connections, it's a chance to bring your information to life. That being said, if you have a very linear story to tell that doesn't lend itself to illustration with images or other media, Prezi may not be the right approach.

For example, consider an Apple product launch. They tend to focus on big shiny images of the product and very simple slides with just a couple words. Adding zooming animation may actually distract from their message of simplicity and their focus on the products. When you need to tell a more complex story however, Prezi can help you tell that story and engage your audience in ways not possible with traditional slides. It can be a very effective way to bring complex infographics and timelines to life for example. I think the US Military could have used it to present their infamous spaghetti slide more effectively, zooming and panning and explaining relationships.

So what is essential for a good prezi? Solid structure, plan what you're going to say and how you want to tell your story. What metaphors are you using to present your information? Is it a flowchart or moving along a path or revealing parts of the whole? We will talk about that more later in this chapter when we discuss planning. Pacing and spacing. Prezi sets you free from the boundaries of the slide. Use that space. Spread out and take your audience on a journey through your canvas. By panning to different areas you can create a narrative and even a bit of drama into your presentation, a small jump over to related content, or a total shift of perspective for a brand-new idea.

Smooth transitions. A good Prezi does not make the viewer seasick. This means you will need to take it easy on the really fast panning from one side of the canvas to the other or zooming in and out and in and out in rapid succession. Instead, gently move from one element to another and allow some time between transitions. Keep design in mind, using consistent colors and fonts. Luckily you don't need to have a design degree to build a great-looking prezi. Prezi provides you with an array of fonts and templates to choose from, so you can be sure to use consistent fonts and colors throughout your prezi.

If you are a designer, you can customize the template and color palette to suit your content. And ultimately, tell a good story. A good Prezi will have a strong narrative that will drive home your message, help your audience understand a complex idea, or take them on a journey with you. It will resonate and communicate better than any flat linear slide presentation, and ultimately that's what makes a good prezi. In this course, I'll be showing you all the tools Prezi offers to help you accomplish this.

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Up and Running with Prezi

47 video lessons · 22597 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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