Best Prezis of 2014

A Ferrari?  Vacation on an Indonesian Beach? Nope. Nothing makes a Presentation Geek drool more than a beautiful Prezi.  Prezi.com recently awarded it’s top Prezis of 2014 and there’s some great ones this year.  Presentation design is an art and some of these ones should be hanging in a digital gallery.  We don’t see these as competition… we see them as inspiration.

 

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Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come—it’s time to unveil the winners of the First Annual Prezi Awards—the best prezis of the year! We at Prezi have spent the past few days combing through your nominations. We looked through business prezis, impressive prezumés, creative educational prezis, and a bevy of beautiful designs… And, after much deliberation, we have finally selected the best of the bunch.

We could not have made our selection without your help. Earlier this month, we invited you to nominate and vote for your favorite prezis of the year. Thank you to everyone who nominated a prezi, and congratulations to all the nominees. Picking just one winner in each category was very difficult, there were so many terrific prezis from which to choose. We are so excited to see all the amazing work that the global Prezi community produced this year, and we are even more excited to see where the Prezi Movement goes in 2015!

And now, let’s get on with it—we are pleased to present the best prezis of 2014:

 

BEST OVERALL DESIGN

Creativity, hard work, and mastery of Prezi are all necessary ingredients when it comes to making the best prezi of the year. We are thrilled to name Agrimore by the designers at Mr. Prezident as the winner of this category. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

Why we love it: This prezi not only has stunning graphics and a great overview but also a helpful voiceover—learn how to add voiceover to your prezis here.

BEST BUSINESS PREZI

We had a hard time choosing from all the awesome business prezis that our fans nominated, but in the end, the Measurabl Investor Pitch by Evan Rosner of Prezi Jedi emerged as the clear winner. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

 

 

Why we love it: This pitch knocks it out of the park with a clear structure that outlines all of the main topics and guides viewers through the presentation. Learn how to structure your presentations effectively here.

BEST EDUCATIONAL PREZI

The winner of the Best Educational Prezi award this year is Animas da Amazônia by Guilherme Criscuolo. Guilherme won a Prezi Award last year for his prezi about life under the oceans, and once again he’s back to teach us about wildlife in the Amazon rainforest. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

 


Why we love it: The 3D backgrounds in this prezi bring Guilherme’s content to life—learn how to use 3D backgrounds here.

BEST ZOOM

A lot of prezis this year utilized zoom to great effect, but this one did it best. My Love for Books, by Hedwyg van Groenendaal, effectively uses Prezi’s zooming capabilities to surprise and delight viewers. See Hedwyg give this presentation at a PechaKucha night. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

 

Why we love it: We have no doubt that its dramatic “reveal” at the end left the audience with dropped jaws. Learn how to use Prezi’s zoom to make your presentation pop here.

BEST REUSABLE DESIGN

We are honored to be supported by such a passionate, vibrant, and talented community of Prezi-makers. Some of our community members have taken their passion and talent to the next level, creating beautiful, reusable designs for the rest of the world to use. This year, the best reusable template to come out of our community is this Annual Report Template. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

 

 

Why we love it: With loads of reusable symbols, this prezi is easy to customize for your own company. Create your own copy and start to customize it by clicking here!

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE

We received a number of company overview nominations, and all of them were very impressive, but none were able to beat the Polish Institute of Electrical Engineering’s prezi, created by Ziload, when it came to the People’s Choice Award. IEL ZDIII has won the coveted title of “Most Popular Prezi of the Year,” thanks to the 300 votes it received via the Prezi Awards portal on our Facebook page. Love this prezi? Tweet it out!

 

 

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all of our awesome community members who created and shared the best prezis this year. We would like to extend a special shout out to our Independent Experts, who have been working very hard to make fun, beautiful prezis for everyone. Here’s to another year of awesome prezis!

Tips for a Great Presentation (Prezi or Otherwise)

Jerry Seinfeld has a skit where he points out that studies show public speaking is a bigger fear than death. That means, he claims, that if you are going to a funeral you are better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. While there isn’t a lot you can do to melt away your anxiety, a the best start is simply to make a better presentation.  When delivering your great prezi here are some great prezi tips (that can be used for all presentations)

Becoming a competent, rather than just confident, speaker requires a lot of practice. But here are a few things you can consider to start sharpening your presentation skills:

Helpful-Tips

10-20-30 Rule

This is a slideshow rule offered by Guy Kawasaki. This rule states that a powerpoint or Prezi slide should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30 point font. He says it doesn’t matter whether your idea will revolutionize the world, you need to spell out the important nuggets in a few minutes minutes, a couple slides and a several words a slide.

Be Entertaining

Speeches should be entertaining and informative. I’m not saying you should act like a dancing monkey when giving a serious presentation. But unlike an e-mail or article, people expect some appeal to there emotions. Simply reciting dry facts without any passion or humor will make people less likely to pay attention.

Slow Down

Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk way to fast. Consciously slow your speech down and add pauses for emphasis.

Eye Contact

Match eye contact with everyone in the room. I’ve also heard from salespeople that you shouldn’t focus all your attention on the decision maker since secretaries and assistants in the room may hold persuasive sway over their boss.

15 Word Summary

Can you summarize your idea in fifteen words? If not, rewrite it and try again. Speaking is an inefficient medium for communicating information, so know what the important fifteen words are so they can be repeated.

20-20 Rule

Another suggestion for slideshows. This one says that you should have twenty slides each lasting exactly twenty seconds. The 20-20 Rule forces you to be concise and to keep from boring people.

Don’t Read

This one is a no brainer, but somehow digital presentations make people think they can get away with it. If you don’t know your speech without cues, that doesn’t just make you more distracting. It shows you don’t really understand your message, a huge blow to any confidence the audience has in you.

Speeches are About Stories

If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience.

Project Your Voice

Nothing is worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Even in the high-tech world of microphones and amplifiers, you need to be heard. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling, rather standing up straight and letting your voice resonate on the air in your lungs rather than in the throat to produce a clearer sound.

Don’t Plan Gestures

Any gestures you use need to be an extension of your message and any emotions that message conveys. Planned gestures look false because they don’t match your other involuntary body cues. You are better off keeping your hands to your side.

“That’s a Good Question”

You can use statements like, “that’s a really good question,” or “I’m glad you asked me that,” to buy yourself a few moments to organize your response. Will the other people in the audience know you are using these filler sentences to reorder your thoughts? Probably not. And even if they do, it still makes the presentation more smooth than um’s and ah’s littering your answer.

Breathe In Not Out

Feeling the urge to use presentation killers like ‘um,’ ‘ah,’ or ‘you know’? Replace those with a pause taking a short breath in. The pause may seem a bit awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.

Come Early, Really Early

Don’t fumble with your Prezi or hooking up a projector when people are waiting for you to speak. Come early, scope out the room, run through your slideshow and make sure there won’t be any glitches. Preparation can do a lot to remove your speaking anxiety.

Get Practice

Join Toastmasters and practice your speaking skills regularly in front of an audience. Not only is it a fun time, but it will make you more competent and confident when you need to approach the podium.

Don’t Apologize

Apologies are only useful if you’ve done something wrong. Don’t use them to excuse incompetence or humble yourself in front of an audience. Don’t apologize for your nervousness or a lack of preparation time. Most audience members can’t detect your anxiety, so don’t draw attention to it.

Do Apologize if You’re Wrong

ne caveat to the above rule is that you should apologize if you are late or shown to be incorrect. You want to seem confident, but don’t be a jerk about it.

Put Yourself in the Audience

When writing a speech, see it from the audiences perspective. What might they not understand? What might seem boring? Use WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) to guide you.

Have Fun

Sounds impossible? With a little practice you can inject your passion for a subject into your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.

What tips do you have for making killer presentations?  You know, besides getting the geeks on your side:)