7 Things We LOVE About Prezi

For the past 5 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with an amazing team of graphic designers (who we affectionately call the Presentation Geeks) to create amazing Prezi and PowerPoint presentations for people across every industry you could imagine (and some you probably couldn’t). Regardless of the presentation type, purpose, and audience, there is one request that we receive from every customer.

“It just needs to WOW my audience.” – Every Customer… Ever.

Over time, we’ve discovered something what this means. “WOWing the audience” isn’t just about making the slides look great, it’s about creating a presentation that stands out, making one that’s memorable. When we get this request, it often leads us into the conversation about the benefits of developing a presentation in Prezi Presentation.

So without further delay, here are the 7 benefits that we love about Prezi.

1. Non Linear = More Engaging

From a visual standpoint a Prezi Presentation is like a giant white board. When you stand back from a distance, you notice only the larger text, the titles, and the headings. From the overview (or opening slide) the audience can see the big concepts, getting a basic understanding of the presentation content. The cool thing aboutIt’s not until you step forward and take a closer look that you start to zoom in on the details. In this way a Prezi is less like a set of linear slides, and more like an organic and evolving story. To the audience, it feels more like a story, that could go in any direction. It’s less predictable which helps to keep the audience engaged.

2. Designed for Clarity

Harnessing it’s unique zooming technology, Prezi has designed it’s presentation software to promote clarity. Prezi is designed to group ideas and concepts together. The concept is usually introduced as a topic in the overview / opening slide, and allows the presenter to take a deeper dive into each topic. Once the topic is finished finished, the Prezi zooms out to the overview slide so the presenter can start the next topic.

3. Online and Offline Options

Sharing a large PowerPoint file can sometimes be a frustrating task. Email services often limit the file size of an attachment to 20-25 MB. This can prevent you from being able to share your presentation by email without the means of a third party file sharing program. Since Prezi is stored in the cloud, sharing a Prezi is as simple as copying a link.

I know what you are thinking, if it’s online, what happens if the wifi drops while I’m presenting? Luckily Prezi’s is all over it. While presenting online, the entire presentation get’s saved in the web browser. This means that once loaded, even if the wifi drops, there will be no interruptions to your presentation (with the only exception being videos linked to youtube). There’s also an offline option to present as well.

4. Built-in icons

One of the most challenging things about designing a professional looking presentation is to add imagery while keeping a consistent look throughout. For professional Graphic Designer, it means illustrating icon sets from scratch, or purchasing pre-made sets. The problem with illustrating from scratch is that it requires artistic skill, third party design programs, and time. Purchasing a pre-made set of icons or images can be costly, and may not contain all of the images you want. Prezi has included a rich set of icons that can are easy to use, have a consistent look, and won’t take a ton of time to search for or design.

Designer Tip: Try layering an icon over a shape such as a circle or square

5. Opacity – Let’s get transparent

One really cool thing that our team likes to do is add a semi transparent colour onto a picture. For a light picture we might overlay a 25% opacity black rectangle over part or all of the slide. This provides a spot for you to add text that doesn’t get washed out by the background of the image. Prezi includes a slider for all of there shapes that make doing this as simple as 1,2,3. First pick the shape, then choose the colour, and finally use the slider to adjust the opacity.

6. Parallax Motion … The WOW Factor

Parallax motion is the visual cue that generates a depth effect by moving objects in the foreground faster than objects in the background. If you were to compare two objects while making a large motion with your head, you will notice this phenomenon helps you distinguish distance. It’s something that Prezi has been using for years to provide a 3D effect within their prezis. When combined with their zooming platform, it immerses the audience in the presentation, allowing the speaker to visually take a deeper dive into a topic. It’s the WOW factor.

7. The analytics features are built for sales

Prezi has become a crazy sales tool. With the new analytics features available to the Premium account holders, you can send a customized Prezi link to each customer and track the following:

  1. Open date
  2. Number of times opened
  3. Total view time
  4. Slide view time
  5. Average completion rate

Of course, the remote presentation feature is still available which allows you to send a link to a customer and control the slide advancement on the customer’s computer. We like this better than screen sharing platforms because the customer doesn’t need to install any software, does not need a login, or get subjected to long loading time.

Oh, and one more thing (to pull a page for Steve Jobs), did we mention that it integrates into SalesForce?


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A PowerPoint add-in to quickly find the slides your team is looking for

A PowerPoint add-in to quickly find the slides your team is looking for

 An important part of the presentation creation process is leveraging previously created slides to build upon existing content.  It helps increase knowledge sharing and generally ensures that presentations improve and become more impactful over time.  Typically, organizations have large repositories of presentations with critical slides that might include product data, great visuals, and well thought-out communication.  To leverage this content, team members need to able to effectively access specific slides that are pertinent to the specific presentation/story they are trying to put together.


However, this can often be extremely tedious as finding a specific slide or visual requires painfully searching and digging through several presentations or waiting for colleagues to respond to email requests. For large organizations this becomes an even more prominent issue as their repository of slides grows to become unmanageable.


We recently found TeamSlide, a slide library solution that keeps PowerPoint content at your fingertips.  TeamSlide helps you quickly find the specific PowerPoint slide, image or chart you are looking for:



  1. Easy access to slides – TeamSlide tightly integrates with PowerPoint allowing you to find and share slides without ever having to leave PowerPoint
  2. Always up-to-date – TeamSlide enables you to automatically update old slides with just a few clicks
  3. Simple and safe – In the cloud or on your premise, TeamSlide works within your IT and security frameworks

TeamSlide is a premier slide management offering and may be a good fit for your organization.  Request a free trial to explore how your team can better share content and improve productivity.

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Ten interesting presentation ideas to add sizzle to your next talk

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7 tips for finding a Prezi Designer

find the perfect Prezi Designer



According to author Jennifer J Britton, 60-72% of adults are visual learners while 12-18% are auditory learners. Why jeopardize your amazing presentation, with bullet points, and blurry images. There can be immense value in using a professional Prezi Designer to help you deliver a great presentation, but how do you pick the right one for your project? Here are a few tips:


  1. Get Recommendations

One of the best predictors of the future is the past. Do your homework to find out other people thought of their services. Did the final product meet or exceed expectations? Was the project delivered according to the initial timeline? Did the Prezi designers keep the client up to date throughout the project?


  1. Do phone interviews


Get a feel for who you will be entrusting your project to by conducting phone interviews. Does the Prezi designer take on projects of your size? Can they provide a few examples of past clients who may have had similar needs to yours? Will the Prezi Design company outsource your project, or work on it in house? This last question is important to understand, as you will want to make sure that you are able to speak to your Prezi Designer and ensure that they fully understand your vision when developing your presentation.


  1. Ask for an estimate

This may seem like an obvious point, but often times people end up starting a project which one budget in mind, and the final invoice turns out to be a surprise. Ask your Prezi design company for an estimate in a few different price points so that you can compare your needs to your budget. A good Prezi Design company should be transparent with their hourly rate, and make sure that you are aware of what they can deliver for your budget. Be aware of those who promise you everything without delivering you an estimate.

  1. Look for comparable Prezis

Have a look at Prezi’s that your potential Presi Design company has already delivered. Do any of them suit your presentation style? If not, have a search on the internet for Prezi’s that you like and ask your design team if they could deliver a similar Prezi? A great prezi design company should be able to provide you with some samples or a mock up of your presentation so you can get a feel of what the end product will look like.

  1. Understand the design process

Ho do you know if your Prezi Designer is going to be able to understand your concept, and represent it well with an amazing presentation? Shouldn’t they spend some time learning about what you do? Make sure that the design process includes some time to consult and collaborate with you on your project. Ask your designer if they understand the deliverables of your presentation. Although your Prezi designer is not going to be an expert on your topic, they should at least be able digest the information you are presenting, and be able have an educated conversation once reading your material. Design collaboration is the best method of tailoring your presentation to your exact needs.

  1. Don’t let price be your guide

Throw out the lowball bid. When it comes to representing you and your company, the last thing you want to do is invest money in a contractor desperate for work. They are bound to cut corners, to try and get your presentation completed. You should feel comfortable with your choice in Prezi Designer. If you are going to pay for a service, make sure that it is top quality, and that your end product surpasses your expectations.

  1. Go with your gut

You need to be able to trust that your Prezi Designer is going to deliver your presentation on time, meet your project needs, and deliver you quality service even after your transaction has been completed. You want make sure that you are covered for any last minute changes, and even tech support needed for the big day. Finding a company to help your presentation stand out from all the others is a not an easy task. Make sure that you choose a presentation design team that eliminates your stress by communicating with you every step of the way.