Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Consider your end goal first, part of Prezi Tips and Tricks.
- [Designer] When planning out your Prezi presentation, it's important to consider your end goal. What do you want to leave your audience with? I'm talking about both your message and the visual you'll have to accompany it. Because, unlike with traditional slideshows you create in programs like PowerPoint or Keynote, where you can just create a final slide at any time to add to, or update your presentation, there are no individual slides in Prezi. Instead, you have zoomed in or zoomed out views of a single, albeit large canvas. So, knowing where you want to end, can help shape the visual path you're gonna take to get there.
Let's take a look at an example of what I mean. I'm gonna create a new Prezi and I'll click More to look at some of these templates. Let's check out this one called Journey to the Top. Double click that. The first frame of this template is a zoomed out view of the entire layout. If I go to Frame Two, we zoom in on this closeup of an arrow, pointing us up towards the summit of the mountain. If I were using this template for something like a business plan, I may call this Phase 1 or something like that.
Then, I would just go frame to frame, adding my content. Now, here on Frame Seven, we see the entire mountain again and the next frame zooms us into the peak and then we zoom in even more to this Thank you! And then back out to the entire mountain. It's a pretty cool looking template. But, instead of using this navigation path as is, start thinking about your presentation, what you wanna leave your audience with.
For example, it might be interesting to click Edit Path and then to delete the first frame. I'm also gonna move Frame Seven here above the entire view of the mountain. Come over here and click Done. So, now, I would start my presentation, zoomed in here, without seeing the overview of the entire mountain first. And then, I would progress my way through the presentation, all the way to the Goal slide and only at that point, I could go to the next frame, and reveal the complete zoomed out view to my audience, for a maximum impact.
This would also let me use the title text here, not necessarily for a title but maybe something along the lines of We did it! Basically, letting me use this large text as my conclusion, instead as the title of my entire presentation. And that's just one example. It's certainly not the way you have to work. If you prefer to start zoomed out so your audience can see an overview first, before zooming into the details, then that's what you should do, if it works best for your particular presentation. But, my point is that because of Prezi's unique tools and features, you should think ahead as you're getting started and consider how to use the layout to create the maximum impact at the end.
By carefully planning out and controlling the zooms and rotations, you can keep parts of your canvas out of sight until you need them. And create a strong, memorable and impactful ending to your presentation.
- Mind-mapping your prezi
- Moving and grouping objects
- Using favorites to save and reuse content
- Working with text
- Editing graphics, including photos, shapes, and charts
- Presenting your prezi