Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of presenting the VANCOUVER+acumen/Acumen Fund model to an impact investing meetup in Vancouver. It was also the first time I was on a panel of speakers and it was a really humbling experience to be there with other passionate/knowledgable people working in the Vancouver impact investing space. I would like to share my prezi presentation that I gave that day as well as couple of notes that I have picked up along the way from building my fair share of prezi presentations.
1) Build a picture: Prezi is a fantastic tool when you are trying to present a concept as an overall vision. It adds the dimension of space to the presentation which is a blessing in disguise. I find the best prezi presentation is a picture that you build in an audience’s mind. When the presentation is finished, it really should be a complete single picture with a few takeaways. This is the most important differentiation point on why you should pick prezi over keynote: when you want to construct a visual picture as opposed to a linear flow of ideas.
2) Draw out your presentation: When constructing this presentation, I spent a long time beforehand thinking about what I wanted my final picture to be. I knew the message I wanted to deliver: the acumen story in two parts – the business/investment process and moral leadership. How that information is presented is a different story. I chose a mountain and split my presentation to show the first part and then unveil the lower half of the mountain as the second story.
3) Construct your path: I love the zooming ability of prezi, and when used properly, can really add alot of impact to your presentation. My two favourite ways of using this tool is the ability to give a sense of diving into something, or moving from one concept to another (think – movie reel). I personally haven’t been able to find an effective way of using the tool that rotates words (unless its surrounding a circle) as I find that it disrupts the flow path instead of adding (I’ve had feedback where I was overly excited and use it too much – people actually became dizzy with the zooming in and out).
Hence, this tool really should then be used to unveil layers (think – Inception dream layers) in your presentation – however deep you want to dive. Keep the layers consistent working from big –> small, or in my presentation above, I chose to go small –> big. For my presentation the 3 layers I wanted to create was moving from the core of Acumen – creating a world beyond poverty, to the how of their business model, building on that to their complete picture which includes moral leadership, and finally the overall call to action of getting involved with Vancouver for Acumen.
Note: The pictures in my prezi is an Acumen investment: WaterHealth International. You can read more about them here.
*All pictures and images are the property of VANCOUVER+acumen and Acumen Fund.