This entry is the introduction of a four-part series that describes how one can acquire the “Prezi language” quickly. We won’t discuss the program from a user’s point of view (we have a manual for that), but we will endeavour to develop midmap-based visual thinking.

A professor of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics – who both likes and often uses presentations – mentioned to me that he had considered switching to Prezi but discarded the idea in favour of the familiar PowerPoint due to reasons of time management. This decision seems understandable as we ourselves are of the opinion that even though visualization is important, devoting a disproportionate amount of time to it is not reasonable.

BUT!

Does it really take such a long time to create a Prezi?

In reality: No!

It does take time to learn how to use it quickly and skilfully. After the initial obstacles, however, many users feel that the work experience is quicker (and more enjoyable) than in the case of the classic PPTs.

It is therefore worth spending a bit more time on the basics now, in the beginning, because afterwards:

  1. It saves time, as an experienced user can create Prezis faster than PPTs.
  2. Not many people use Prezi yet. What is more interesting: only a few of them use it nicely and skilfully. Whoever decides to learn it now will be able to make a huge impression, and will have a constant advantage in terms of visualization.

 

The learning process is quickest if the steps are taken in order!

During the 4 following articles, we will discuss the 4 steps – we recommend that you prepare Prezis for each of them as practice makes perfect!

  1. step: Avoiding the traps of Prezi.
  2. step: From PowerPoint to Prezi, or linear thinking amended by a bit of zooming.
  3. step: Part-whole. Prezi way of thinking – hard.
  4. step: Part-whole and the flow. Prezi way of thinking – loose.

 

The first part is coming up!