How To Use Prezi To Engage Your Audience
Does your audience doze off while you’re presenting? Have you tried every possible method to enliven your presentations?
Don’t give up!
Prezi, the latest presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual canvas, is the perfect tool to liven up your boring presentation.
A portable Prezi is an exported and downloaded version of your Prezi, which works without internet access. It contains a non-editable version of your Prezi and player software for Windows and Mac. By downloading a portable Prezi, you can use it to present anywhere and everywhere.
Today, we’ll learn how to use Prezi to enhance your presentations.
1. Use Simple and Concise Content
Similar to PowerPoint, your Prezi presentation will still require simple and concise content. Bear in mind that this is a presentation – instead of reading off the slides, you should talk about what is not on the slides. Therefore, you should only include basic information and elaborate in further detail about each point.
2. Include Visuals
As the saying goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Include as many visuals as you can to arrest your audience’s attention. In addition to inserting images and PowerPoint presentations, Prezi also allows you to include YouTube videos in your presentation! However, you need to ensure that you have an internet connection for those YouTube videos to work.
3. Use Theme Wizard
Customize your presentation’s theme colors and fonts with Theme Wizard.
You can either select a pre-set theme or create your own theme.
If you create your own theme, there is a multitude of colors and fonts to choose for your text. You can also choose the colors for the circle frames, bracket frames, rectangle, arrow, line and marker. You can customize your presentation’s background too! Either choose a background color or upload a 3D background for your presentation.
4. Use Frames
Frames in Prezi are equivalent to the slides in PowerPoint. They help you organize information in groups and focus your audience’s attention on a certain group.
There are 4 different frames to choose from – bracket frame, circle frame, rectangle frame and hidden frame (invisible when presenting).
One useful tip for presenters: hold down the Shift key while drawing a frame to keep the 4:3 aspect ratio.
5. Use the Path Feature
Prezi’s most prominent feature is its Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which enables users to zoom in and out of their presentation media.
How does Prezi do this? Simple. The path tool.
This tool arranges the sequence of slides, turning your Prezi presentation into a narrative.
Always ensure that you create smooth transitions!
Many people that viewed presentations with numerous rotations have suffered from motion sickness. Thus, do keep rotations to a minimum.
Secondly, don’t zoom back and forth between opposite sides of the canvas. This means that you should create path points near each other so your audience won’t get lost.
Prezi has recently added a new feature – Fade-in Animation. Use this together with the path feature to animate your presentation!
Have you used Prezi before? How much would you rate Prezi?
Other Useful Tips
Do you know about the Prezi Meeting? Prezi Meeting allows you to start an online presentation. You can present a Prezi up to 10 people at one time. Isn’t that convenient, especially if your audience is abroad?
Prezi is intended to be an intuitive tool to develop and share ideas as a visual narrative. Thus, you should take advantage of its visual narrative feature to engage you audience!
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