Creating your visual aids

Should I use Prezi?

Prez versus powerpoint or keynote

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Prezi Yes or No?

Prezi – Yes or No?

The debate continues – is Prezi better than PowerPoint, does it replace PowerPoint, or is it just a gimmick?

I think that Prezi is a great tool when used well, but there are some key points to remember:

1. Prezi is just another way to present your message. Your structure and content need to be great, or neither your Prezi, PowerPoint or other software will save you!

2. If you decide to use Prezi, you can make it as structured or free flowing as you like. Nobody says that you must zoom and spin in Prezi. If you like a linear and structured approach, it’s easy to create in Prezi.

3. When planning a Prezi, you need to use a different approach. Group your ideas and zoom to them in a limited area of the canvas. For example break up your presentation into – Introduction, Act 1, Act 2, Act 3 and Conclusion. For more information on this click here.

4. Unlike other software, using Prezi allows you to zoom back out to the main view in between sections, before moving on to the next, which prevents your audience getting lost. This will help keep your message focused and stop the big sweeps across the canvas. This panning can lose and distract your viewers and is what the ‘No to Prezi’ people are usually critical of.

5. It is always worth trying something for yourself. You can sign up to Prezi free at Prezi.com and have a go!

So Prezi, as with all presentation software, is a visual aid and won’t patch up a bad presentation, but used well, it can support a well planned message and make your presentation engaging and memorable.

Here are some examples of Prezis and what we can do –

On the basics of Prezi

On the problem with Prezi

An example of a more structured Prezi

 

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
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