Because Prezi isn’t a slide-based presentation tool, and instead offers you a large canvas on which to lay out all the contents of your presentation, it’s especially important to spend some time planning out your prezi before you start building it. This video walks through the main steps in planning and creating your prezi.
- Because Prezi isn't a slide-based presentation tool and instead offers you a large canvas on which to lay out all of the contents of your presentation, it's especially important to spend some time planning out your Prezi before you start building it. Although it's not that difficult to add in content later, it can potentially mess up the layout of your design or require you to spend more time laying out your presentation in a different order than it would take to get all of your talking points on the canvas from the beginning. So you might want to sit down with a pencil and paper or your favorite note taking program and jot down the plans for your presentation.
It's a good idea to start by identifying the main talking points you know you want to cover. Prezi business presentations are all designed around the concept of topics and subtopics. For example, if I were putting together a presentation on my company's line of products, I might identify the three or four main products that I think are relevant to my audience. These products would be my main topics. Then you want to identify your subtopics. The subtopics are the supporting information for your topics. So in my presentation about my company's products, the details of each product would be the subtopics.
I'll talk in more detail about topics and subtopics in an upcoming movie, but it's important to get the concept of them into your head early on. You'll notice when I zoom back out of here that I've set up this Prezi you're currently looking at with three main topics containing subtopics. Now you also want to consider the logical progression in which you'll present your information. Which topic are you going to lead off with? Which one are you going to close with? What's the best order to present everything in? Now, even though Prezi is great for nonlinear presentations and it's easy to jump from any topic to any other topic at any time, you still want to consider what order to present your topics in if you have a situation where your audience isn't very receptive to having a conversational presentation, or if you're expected to just present without audience interaction guiding you.
So once you have your topics and subtopics figured out, you can start a Prezi. Begin by selecting a template, which we looked at earlier. And again, you can pick one that looks like it will work for your presentation, and then customize it by modifying the layout, its colors, its fonts, the text size, and so on. You can go so far as to completely remove all the template items and start with a completely blank canvas, but you'll probably find that starting with a template and modifying its contents is much simpler. It's fairly easy to change a template's look to match your company's logo colors.
And you can change the background image to a custom photo or graphic to lay your contents out on. Then, with the logical structure you came up with in the first step, you can start arranging the topic areas on the Prezi into the order you want. So it's a good idea to spend some time playing with the look and feel of the Prezi template before adding in all of your texts and images as it is impossible to switch to another template once you choose one. Once you've established the appearance of your Prezi, you can start adding your content. This can be your text, images, videos, shapes, symbols, arrows, lines, and so on.
And once you have your content and items placed, you'll most likely want to finesse them around on the canvas, adjust their position, maybe change colors, or even the order in which the topics are presented. It's common to need to change things around after running through your presentation a few times and it's easy to do in Prezi, but it still makes sense to try to get all of your topics and the logical progression figured out as best you can before working on the content and the layout. Alright, so that's an overview of planning and designing your Prezi. We'll start looking at the specifics next.
- Navigating the Prezi Business interface
- Planning and creating your prezi
- Working with the topic and subtopic structure
- Adding images, text, and other content
- Using animations
- Collaborating with colleagues
- Integrating with Slack
- Exporting a portable prezi for presentation
- Presenting with Live Prezi
- Creating a prezi view link