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Prezi HOTSHOT [Kindle Edition]

Hedwyg van Groenendaal
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In Detail

Prezi is a new and marvelous approach to the visualization of information with over 30 million users across the globe. It’s being used all over the world for business presentations, pitches, and TED talks. Prezi is different; based on mind mapping, Prezi uses an infinite canvas. Its power lies in zooming in for details and zooming out for an overview. Prezi is easy and fun to use.

This book will walk you through ten different and exciting projects to help you get the most out of Prezi. It is a step-by-step tutorial that focuses on specific topics that differ in complexity and technologies used. This book covers the way professionals build their Prezis, as well as the way they think during the presentation process. You’ll learn lots of practical details and tips for other Prezi tools as well.

This book starts with creating good and amazing Prezi using brainstorming techniques and mind mapping. It talks about how Prezi templates can be used to create wonderful presentations on the go. Next, you will learn how to make your boring résumés fun by using Prezi to present yourself. You will also learn how to make your lessons more interesting by using Prezi, where you can give people both the overview as well as the details. By doing so, your listeners will be able to gauge the entire hierarchy of information. You will then learn how to present yourself using the PechaKucha method, which is an ideal way of sharing your latest creative project in twenty slides with twenty seconds per slide.

Finally, you will be ready to move ahead and create your own stunning Flash animations which you can use in your Prezi. You will also understand how you can interact with your embedded Prezi on a website using JavaScript code with the Prezi Player. In short, you will learn how professionals build their presentations using Prezi.

Approach

This book takes a hands-on, tutorial-style approach that walks you through ten individual projects, each focusing on producing a specific Prezi.

Who this book is for

If you have some basic experience of Prezi and want to gain advanced knowledge by building different kinds of Prezi projects, then this book is for you.


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About the Author

Hedwyg van Groenendaal

Hedwyg van Groenendaal (1971, MSc) has 20 years of experience in the field of the Internet and web design. This started during her studies in building Information Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology. She graduated in 1995. Quite soon after finishing her studies, she started her own Internet and web design company called Via Milia, and a few years later, she started an Internet education center.

Hedwyg is passionate about creating easy access to tools and techniques that are (or seem) difficult for many people. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, creative, passionate, technical, analytical, and is also an expert in Prezi and social media. Her motto is "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough".

Hedwyg has already written 10 books on web design, Flash, ActionScript, and Dreamweaver as well as five books on Prezi (four in Dutch and one in English, The Ultimate Prezi Guide). She founded Prezi University. From this initiative, workshops, trainings, seminars and events about Prezi are organized, such as the annual Prezi day.

Prezi.com appreciates all the initiatives by Hedwyg van Groenendaal and decided to appoint her as one of the first official Prezi Experts.

On February 28, 2013, Hedwyg won the worldwide TED-Prezi contest, Ideas Matter, with her Prezi IDENTITY, which was inspired by Bryan Stevenson's TED talk "We need to talk about an injustice".

You will find more information on Hedwyg van Groenendaal and her company, Prezi University, at www.preziuniversity.com, and facebook.com/preziuniversity, and you can also follow her on her Twitter accounts: @hedwygNL and @preziuniversity.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 27711 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JZMZ1Q2
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4.0 out of 5 stars distinctive way of presenting a talk 25 Jun. 2014
Format:Paperback
The tone (spirit) of this book differs markedly from that of other technical books I commonly get. The author uses a very informal means of introducing the topic. Which is appropriate because Prezi is a very distinctive way of visually presenting material, where the latter can be text or graphics. In general, as you can see from the book, the material will have many instances of both.

Prezi is shown as an infinite canvas. But you are advised to start by just focusing on 3 top level tasks - define the goal, message and audience. In itself, without recourse to using any computer package, thinking this way can be a great help when you start out and want to write down a talk that you will later give. Of course, this is not new to Prezi. Similar advice was available decades ago, when you might have had to do all this by hand, having no computer in sight.

In a way, this is the power of Prezi. It takes you back to essentials. The computer is just a secondary tool. But using Prezi arrays the top level ideas and the lower level topics into a spatial arrangement on the canvas that is quick to grasp.

A key aspect of Prezi is what they call frames. Where you can group the topics on the canvas into clusters. And then move these around, treating all the topics enclosed in a frame as one entity. This is a natural top down decomposition. Then when enough frames have been defined, you can make a path through these frames. The path is the presentation order.

Scattered throughout the narrative are good pieces of advice for presentations. Like 'avoid large blocks of text'. Use images if possible, to engage the audience. And if you use drawings, keep them simple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars distinctive way of presenting a talk 25 Jun. 2014
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The tone (spirit) of this book differs markedly from that of other technical books I commonly get. The author uses a very informal means of introducing the topic. Which is appropriate because Prezi is a very distinctive way of visually presenting material, where the latter can be text or graphics. In general, as you can see from the book, the material will have many instances of both.

Prezi is shown as an infinite canvas. But you are advised to start by just focusing on 3 top level tasks - define the goal, message and audience. In itself, without recourse to using any computer package, thinking this way can be a great help when you start out and want to write down a talk that you will later give. Of course, this is not new to Prezi. Similar advice was available decades ago, when you might have had to do all this by hand, having no computer in sight.

In a way, this is the power of Prezi. It takes you back to essentials. The computer is just a secondary tool. But using Prezi arrays the top level ideas and the lower level topics into a spatial arrangement on the canvas that is quick to grasp.

A key aspect of Prezi is what they call frames. Where you can group the topics on the canvas into clusters. And then move these around, treating all the topics enclosed in a frame as one entity. This is a natural top down decomposition. Then when enough frames have been defined, you can make a path through these frames. The path is the presentation order.

Scattered throughout the narrative are good pieces of advice for presentations. Like 'avoid large blocks of text'. Use images if possible, to engage the audience. And if you use drawings, keep them simple.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Valuable 10 Mar. 2015
By Joseph Petitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased Ms. Groenendaal's previous book, "The Ultimate Prezi Guide" for my presentations in my undergrad criminology courses and it did wonders with impressing my audience and most of all, it impressed my professors. While preparing for my first criminal justice conference I discovered that she had recently published "Prezi HOTSHOT", which I immediately purchased and used it to guide me in my presentation. As a result, this book has assisted me in achieving my future goals with publishing and public speaking. Thank you!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good help to build your prezi in a structured way 21 Jun. 2014
By Lodewijk Gelauff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is well structured and allows the beginning prezi user to understand how a prezi can be built up in a few different ways. The language and structure used may come across as childish to native speakers, but help people to understand the content more effectively and may make it useful in a classroom setting. The book discusses how a prezi can be used to present a brainstorm, resumé, educational content and business presentations. After that it dives deep into how the layout can be designed, illustrations can be produced and animated.

Unfortunately all these high-level explanations focus on the use of Adobe Illustrator. If you have that program, or are willing to pay for it - this book will help you very well with making good use of it for your prezi. If not, these sections will be mostly lost to you. Copyright, free software alternatives and free images are poorly discussed.

All in all I found the first half of the book very helpful to arrange my thoughts effectively for making my next prezi, more than enough to make up for the last chapters.

(full disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to be able to review; I did not receive compensation)
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