Prezi is a much-needed modern twist on classic presentation and storytelling software. On top of this, effectively using Prezi is easy for just about anyone to do.
The only difficult part about using Prezi is getting started. All of the individual tools and features are intuitive. The program itself is intuitive. The only setback you’re likely to experience is coming up with your next great design idea. Once you do, the ball will start rolling, and you’ll nail down an amazing presentation in no time at all.
So where do you find inspiration for Prezi designs? Luckily, doing so is easy. Below we list a few of the best places to look for Prezi inspiration. We follow this up with a brief discussion of creating an engaging Prezi design.
Finding Prezi Inspiration
Keep it at the front of your mind that inspiration is everywhere. It strikes when you least expect it. Indeed, it’s often when you’re not trying to think of a great Prezi design that you actually think of a great Prezi design.
The key to mastering Prezi is creativity. The tool can be used in an unlimited number of ways. So unlock the creative side of your brain and use these tools to their fullest extent. Do whatever helps you think the most creatively, whether this is walking, knitting, or whatever.
And when you do have an idea, roll with it. Once you get started, you’ll likely find the ideas flowing out of you. At the same time, don’t be afraid to take a break. Sometimes you need to step away fro the presentation you’re working on for a few moments.
Of course, looking at other Prezi presentations is always a source of inspiration. Even those that aren’t very good can be inspiring. In the sense that they inspire you to do a better job! Look at the Prezi presentations used in a number of TED Talks for examples of solid Prezi designs.
The official Prezi Blog is also a solid place to look for new presentation ideas. At the end of each year, they round up their favorite Prezi presentations for their Prezi Awards, with five different categories: Best Zoom, Best Reusable Prezi Design, Best Business Prezi, Best Educational Prezi, and Best Overall Design: check out the top Prezis from 2015. We particularly LOVE this one, by Heimathafen:
Creating an Engaging Prezi Design
The great thing about Prezi is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. And even if you choose the simple route, your presentation will be of the highest quality. Indeed, simple is often better when it comes to Prezi.
With that said, there are a few key factors that any engaging Prezi presentation will have. We look at the top four of these below.
Story Arc – The best Prezi designs take story arc into account. Use the presentation to tell a story, with the different pieces transitioning over time.
Design – Use Prezi’s design tools to the fullest. Though simplicity can be best, too much simplicity can hinder design. Use a little color, use an interesting font. Keep things simple but include a little pizazz.
Call to Action – The best Prezi designs highlight a call to action. Include the next steps that a viewer should take to learn or get more.
Closing – The closing of your Prezi presentation is for all the marbles. Make it excellent. Make it stick. Tie in an inspiring closing statement with the rest of your presentation for the best effect.
Here is a nice and quick summary by Prezi itself, showing elements of what makes a Prezi successful:
Your Own Prezi Design
Prezi inspiration is a difficult thing to pin down. There are so many different design options that it can be overwhelming at first.
That’s why just digging in and using Prezi is so important. You’re not going to create better presentations if you don’t just give the program a try. Learn the different tools and features, experiment with multiple presentations, and give Prezi a shot. The more you use it, the better you’ll get.
Explore as many other Prezis as you can while you’re at it. Simply seeing what other people have done with the tool is an inspiration in itself. And while stealing ideas is never okay, it’s never a bad idea to use other people’s ideas to inspire your own.