6 Tips For A Great Prezi (The PPT Alternative)

The idea behind Prezi is simple: let’s build an alternative to PPT that isn’t difficult to use, looks great, and is sharable.  Prezi has definitely accomplished a lot and you should give it serious consideration for your next presentation for the ‘Wow’ factor alone.  You can zoom in and out of pictures and words and get out of the slide rut.

Here are five tips to taking full advantage of all that Prezi has to offer

1.)  Use Sparse Words

Prezi is great because it lets you emphasize how ideas are connected.  So big ideas are big and smaller ideas around that big idea are small.  You can present your big idea and then zoom in supporting points.  But, like PowerPoint, you’re in control of the amount of information presented.  Too many words can make your presentation difficult to follow.  One Idea=One Slide still holds for Prezi.

2.)  Think In Layers

Prezi lets present 4 or 5 big ideas, and then zoom in on each one.  Take advantage of this feature to create layers within layers.  So within idea 1, reveal 5 supporting points that can be zoomed in on as well.  A good rule of thumb is to ask if each layer would support itself on its own.  If you’re able to do that three or four layers deep, you’ll have a compelling presentation visually.

3.)  Cut Up Large Backgrounds

Some more sophisticated Prezis use large backdrops behind the presentation.  Picture zooming around a desktop or a parking lot and you’ll get the idea.  But because images flicker as you zoom too close, this visually stunning idea can fall flat on its face.  Any large, cohesive background should be very high resolution and cut up into pieces.  These pieces can be sized down and put together like a puzzle within Prezi.  It will give you a few more levels of zoom without the flicker.

4.)  Save Often

Working with Prezi online, save often.  There are glitches in the program that will allow you to work happily for hours without an ability to save work.  Save after every major step of your content creation.

5.)  Trial and Error to Get an Image Really Small

Some image just won’t shrink small enough for you needs.  Zoom in as far as you can and then import your image.  It will be tiny.  The only problem is that when you try to resize it, the image will jump to a much larger size.  Trial and error is necessary to get it right.

6.)  Record and Narrate

Right now you can embed Prezi’s and share them, but you can’t really share the full content of your presentation — namely your voice.  It’s kind of an odd omission by Prezi, but there’s a work around.     Create a Prezi and then record it using screen grab software.  You can add a narration track later or do it ‘live’ during the screen grab.  Now you have a narrated Prezi you can share through YouTube.  Prezi, are you listening?  Wouldn’t it be better to have that sharing happen on your network?

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Tim McPherson

By Tim McPherson

Tim McPherson, President and COO for Nesco Resource, has over 27 years of experience in all facets of the Staffing Services Industry.

2 Responses to “6 Tips For A Great Prezi (The PPT Alternative)”

  1. Great tips! Nice to see some ideas that a different from the standard Prezi-tips.

    I have an addition to tips number 3; instead of cutting up an image, you might try converting it to PDF. Use web2pdfconvert.com, photoshop/illustrator or similar software to do this. When importing a PDF you’re able to zoom as far as you want without pixelating or flickering. If the PDF file is too large you can compress the image using PDFcompress @ docupub.com/pdfcompress/

    Good luck!

  2. I use iMovie to record my voice tracks after a screen capture in Quick Time. This allows me to make one recording of the Prezi, and add Freeze Frames whenever I need to extend the length of a slide to accomodate for my voice track. Also, I can record my voice track in one-or-two sentence bites, allowing me to reduce the impact of flubbing a line.

    You’re right, it would be great if Prezi introduced a voice capture feature…but I don’t know if it would be as effective (for me) as the workaround I’ve developed, which I like.

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