A number of words came to mind when I was thinking about cogs and their relationship to business: Process, Movement, Efficiency, Co-operation and Inter-connectivity, are just a few of them. So it seemed a good idea all round, to use cogs in a presentation, to introduce interconnecting issues and moving an audience through a message in a cohesive and logical progression! Of course you can also highlight areas that aren’t working by off-setting the cogs to illustrate a particular problem.
The use of this Prezi Template and the areas for content are quite logical and simple to follow. With this in mind, I thought I would concentrate more on how to use the great zoom and pan features of Prezi, and how to use them well!
One of my first tips would be: Don’t zoom and pan just because you can! Zooming should be used for emphasis, and panning for distinction.
Movement through your Prezi should strengthen a message, and not lessen or detract from it. Too much spinning, zooming and long-distance panning will make for a confusing, messy and often dizzying presentation. So, what do you need to do? A good first step is to use a template such as this one, to organise your content into relevant chunks.
When you have the content sorted, zoom to each section in turn. Once zoomed in, move around the content, limiting the distance of pans as much as possible. I always recommend zooming back out to the ‘big picture’ before moving on to zoom in to the next section of your presentation. You can read more about how to do this successfully in our FREE Prezi for Professionals eBook. Chapter 10 deals with understanding visual structure and layout, and takes you through a step-by-step guide. It also helps you decide on how you will start and finish your Prezi – from a zoomed in position and then reveal the ‘big picture’, or a number of alternatives.
I think this template would work well zoomed in to the title area for the first frame, moving on to a zoom out to reveal the cogs and lightbulb ‘big picture’. This would immediately give your audience the idea that you are going to introduce your message, move through content and finish with conclusions/findings of some kind. They are already with you on the journey.
When designing templates, we always have the 3 Act Speech Structure in mind, to help you create a well organised, structured and memorable presentation. We design our Prezi Templates with flexibility as a priority, and as always, you can use them as you want, and again and again.
I hope you enjoy this template, along with our others. We are always interested to hear how you have used them!