December 21, 2014

Present Differently with Prezi

Are you looking for a way to spice up that quarterly financial report to your church membership? How about that summer leadership conference you’re going to speak at? Prezi is one of the newcombers on the block worth checking out in the “I can do better than PowerPoint” generation in which we live.

According to WikiPedia, Prezi was developed by a Hungarian architect as an architectural visualization tool. It is a completely cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual canvas.

Prezi is the easiest way for me to build a presentation,” notes Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR.pro, church app and church social strategy. It is thought-based instead of slide-based which makes you think differently as a speaker which in turns makes your audience receive information differently.”

Matt often uses Prezi to lead workshops and breakouts at conferences. He feels it is a great way to integrate videos, ideas, products, and stats into a presentation.

I do like it better than Slideshare because it is not based on slides. With Prezi you get a presentation mat of sorts that you put your content on and zoom around the mat to discover what your topic is about. It works great with a mind mapping framework and is very easy to follow. The genius for me behind the product is the animations that come with Prezi. You mark which idea comes first, second, third, ect.. and Prezi takes it from there, zooming in and out and keeping the audience engaged.”

Most recently, Matt led several sessions on social media at the Orange Conference. Both of the presentations below have been designed with Prezi. Matt offers much wisdom for how your church can improve and enhance its social media presence.

Presentation 1: I don’t have time for social media

Presentation 2: What is your brand?

Please leave any comments, suggestions, or questions below.

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology PR consultant (http://lhpr.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.

About the author  ⁄ Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, consultant and blogger who loves the Lord and desires to encourage churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. Her blog, ChurchTechToday, was born out of a need to find a place to discuss how technology can impact the Church in positive ways.

8 Comments

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    June 11, 2012

    Am with you in liking how Prezi does the viewing aspect. I just wish that they were faster able to take account of a presentation-creation paradigm from a tablet. Their model (a mindmap) is a near-exact fit for the kind of interface that a tablet is. Of course, one would want to present from Prezi on a tablet as well.

    I’ve been debating (and softly prototyping) something similar to Prezi but built with HTML/CSS/JS. Definitely a harder route, but unless I were to take my Adobe Ideas drawings and do this, there’s not really another way to make a web-accessible, non-linear presentation format.

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      Lauren Hunter Author
      June 15, 2012

      Hi Antoine – thanks so much for your comment. Please do share with us your journey to build the perfect presentation!

      Blessings,
      Lauren

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    Jessie F.
    July 6, 2012

    I would think that Prezi is great for the presentations that have simple concepts, less comprehensive details, and are focused more on the audience impression just to get a “wow” effect. One of the findings that I had with my several Prezi presentation is that the audience was fascinated by the visual effects and it turned out that they have significantly fewer questions in the Q&A section, which may or may not be the result that the presenter wanted.

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      Lauren Hunter Author
      July 6, 2012

      Very good point, Jessie. I actually got a little dizzy watching a Prezi presentation once, but I digress . . . Yes, I think it’s good for simple concepts. It is very visually stimulating – maybe too much for some crowds :-) Glad it worked out well for you! Blessings, Lauren

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    jmann521
    July 23, 2012

    I love prezi! i just created a prezi video using camscreenrecorder for my blog! i’d love to know what you think!

    Josh@ Biblical Worldview

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      Lauren Hunter Author
      July 23, 2012

      Cool slideshow, Josh! Best of luck with your new blog. Sincerely, Lauren

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    laurenhunter Author
    July 23, 2012

    Cool slideshow, Josh! Best of luck with your new blog. Sincerely, Lauren

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    Kyle Leonard
    August 3, 2012

    Prezi is great for presentations that are controlled by the presenter. Our pastor sprung it on me a few Sundays ago for his message. If you need to do anything other than the presentation, don’t use this. It minimizes and starts from the beginning. There is no secondary monitor support. (at least not that I can tell) I haven’t looked at it more thoroughly. My impressions are based on having 1 minute to learn how to present it.

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