Any good presentation – not just in Prezi – needs a good preparation. If you just start building it, you can quickly lose the overview and your own interest. In the worst case, you lose yourself in the details and thus miss a presentation date. Add a few technical challenges and chaos ensues. Finishing your project on time? Don’t think so!
In order to prevent this from happening, we have put together 4 steps that we think are important for creating a good Prezi presentation.
1. The idea
It all starts with an idea.
Which topic would you like to present at all?
Write it down in a nutshell! One sentence should be enough.
What are your core messages that the audience should remember at the end of your presentation?
If you have several key messages, focus on the 3 most important ones. Keep it short and simple!
These written definitions will be the focus of your further planning. And no – you should not constantly deviate from it!
Find out if there is an (abstract) image for your subject – a so-called key image – that maps your entire subject, your story that you want to tell. This helps you to “take your audience along” into your topic. Frequently, complex situations can be represented more easily in everyday situations.
2. The contents
Now comes the most elaborate part of your presentation.
Think carefully about what content you want to use in your Prezi. You are quite flexible because you can integrate photos, videos, audio files, symbols and shapes, graphics and also file formats such as .pdf.
You may say: “I would like to embed a video with the following content … But it doesn’t exist.”. Your chance to create a unique presentation!
However, that probably also means doing it yourself. Image editing, video creation, audio recordings are essential for a high quality Prezi.
But first look for something that maybe fits your storyboard. Good research is important here.
When you have gathered all your content, your process really begins. Start Prezi, put all your content on the white surface – preferably from a folder, so you do not forget anything.
Everything put together? Then start structuring. A good tip is to let your story play from left to right like in a comic or filmstrip. Start with what your audience should see first.
3. Common thread
Finishing straight – you almost made it.
When structuring, you will notice where there is still a need for change. Maybe in the order of your sub-topics?
Create a thread through the presentation. It often helps to use a white piece of paper and a pen and push Prezi aside.
Depending on your favorite way of working, just write down what your thread looks like. Or you can create a table, draw a little storyboard and so on.
Tip: You can use Prezis zoom levels to create a visual hierarchy.
Information to be directly viewed by the audience is displayed at a higher zoom level (larger).
Details that display more in depth information can be placed at a lower zoom level (smaller).
4. Staging your Prezi
An important requirement for working in Prezi is thinking scenically – just like a movie director.
With the previous 3 steps, you have already gained some routine and are well on the way to being significantly faster next time.
Your placed objects (ie all your content) have already been structured on the surface, the “common thread” has been developed and your presentation only needs one more step: setting path points.
Path points are, as it were, images or frames that you have created and that you will be showing to your audience. The camera movements in between are automatically added by Prezi.
The right mix of effects, such as the “rotary zoom” and sleek camera pans, will determine how your audience responds – ideally, they’ll be thrilled and ask which program you used to create your presentation …
Good luck and enjoy your next Prezi creation.
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