Event Report Prezi Inspiration Night

Yesterday evening the eighth edition of the Prezi Inspiration Night took place. A select group met to get inspiration for selfmade prezis, but also to get new ideas for writing a children’s book in Prezi. During the evening different prezis were shown and short presentations were given. The guest speaker of the evening was Paul Naveau; trainer at Prezi University and co-founder of Prezi University Belgium.

The evening began with an inspiring welcoming speech given by Hedwyg van Groenendaal about the use of Pecha Kucha in a prezi. Use 20 images and play each image 20 seconds, I bet you’ll stay to the point and don’t deviate from the topic. Pecha Kucha seems to be an interesting way of presenting, and the opinions about it were divided. Where one person said that a Prezi Kucha provides ‘a nice speed in the presentation’, the other one found Prezi Kucha not necessarily a strength of Prezi. Though everyone agreed on the line “no text in the Prezi Kucha!”, because you can often tell more with visuals than using text.

After Hedwyg’s official welcome the latest flagship of Prezi University was shown; a Christmas Prezi for personal use, which may be copied and edited to share and send your own Christmas wish with all your friends and family. Especially the moving elements did well, because what a cute wobbly ears does the reindeer have in the prezi!

Because the evening kicked off with an explanation about Prezi Kucha, a real Prezi Kucha couldn’t be missed. Ton Oerlemans had the honor to present his first Prezi Kucha. A Prezi Kucha about the love Prezi University has for Prezi, including some background information about the origin of Prezi and the link with TED.

A good an fluent speech which was over really soon! You don’t even notice that you’re listening for 6:40 minutes already and you hope it lasts a little longer. The love for Prezi has a reason, because Prezi.com is one of the most creative companies in the world. An office where scooters are being driven? Yes, please!

Belgium guest speaker Paul Naveau gave the final presentation from the Prezi University team. He created a presentation about “The Revolution in Visual Aid”. An interactive prezi in which the benefit of visual communication became very clear. Paul stated that it is very important to use visuals to excite your audience in a different way. In fact, “If you don’t use visuals in your presentation, your audience will fall asleep. That’s not what you want, right?” Says Paul.

The two most fun elements that may not be forgotten in a prezi are info graphics and live sketches. Nothing is more fun than seeing what someone is drawing during a presentation to make it even more visual. The same applies to info graphics. Don’t you think it’s much more fun to see drawings with statistics than those centuries-old tables?

The final part of the evening contained personal stories of the guests. One of the guests, Heleen, showed two beautiful prezis that she made herself. She showed that complicated subjects don’t need to be as complicate as they seem and that it’s possible to turn everything into an easy language. Her presentations strongly showed our motto: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” The evening ended with an inspiring, young illustrator. Sarike has her own illustration company and she focuses on illustrating children’s books. She makes beautiful illustrations with an unique style and she showed some of her visuals to us. Her inspiration to use Prezi? A fantastic prezi about Hansel & Gretel that has motivated her to look beyond paper.


Would you like to see more?

View different Pecha Kuchas here
Watch our kerstprezi, and don’t forget to vote for us!
See Paul’s favorite sketch comics
View Sarike’s website
Watch the Hansel & Gretel prezi

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