Oct 8, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
“Next,” “next,” “next,” if you’re like most people, your eyes probably glazed over after the second slide, perhaps even sooner. Imagine, then, how difficult it would be to capture your audience’s attention if you are the second presenter, or third, or tenth….
Prezi (www.prezi.com), provides a different way to organize and present your visual support. Instead of making several distinct slides, a Prezi presentation consists of a single large image that contains the whole of your visual presentation. Instead of advancing slides, you can zoom in on one part of your image to focus on one aspect of the integrated whole (and perhaps reveal text that was previously too small to register). You can also “fly” from one region of the graphic to another, setting aside old topics while still highlighting how they connect to the new ones.
And the Prezi site is more than just a functional tool for creating the visual side of a presentation, it also includes videos of other successful presentations, tutorials on how to create a presentation, and even some online presentations illustrating the “do’s and dont’s” of the form.
Prezi isn’t right for every presentation, but if you’re looking to show how everything is connected, it is one of the best visual aids currently available.
This weeks vein of Online Ore was suggested by our resident Master of Presentations: Scott Stiefvater.