I was talking to a client the other day about Prezi, she’s an experienced PowerPoint presenter, and her take on the Prezis she’s seen was, and I quote-
‘It literally makes me sick. All that panning and zooming…’
I don’t think she meant ‘literally’ sick, but it’s the most common response I get when I talk to people about the (potentially) fabulous ‘Flash-based’ presentation software. See Prezi – is it any good? for our honest opinions of it as a tool.
My client made me think that ‘zooming’ is to Prezi what Bullet lists are to PowerPoint. Its biggest ‘trick’ and its greatest weakness. Just because it can, doesn’t mean you should. But the over use of the trick is affecting the world view of the tool, and that’s a shame, because sometimes Prezi is the very best thing to use to create a stunning show. To do that, though, you need to create a great story, and tell it effectively, with well thought out and constructed visual support.
Here’s a great example of Prezi being used well-
So What Makes a Good Prezi? You already know.
The old presentation rules apply. Keep it simple. Arrange ideas in groups, and use the ‘layering’ effects to ensure that your transitions between ideas are short, smooth and linear- not long, jerky and circular as is so often the case. To be fair to Prezi users though, people who’re self-taught, tend to stick with what they know once they feel they know enough. And Prezi is one of those ‘self-taught’ phenomena, like learning the guitar as a teenager. It’s only when you get out a bit and share your knowledge that you learn what you can really do. So to help, here’s 2 options to broaden your skills.
Here’s an interesting video to help creatives use Prezi in a more audience friendly way.