How to Make a Presentation Fun & Prezi Review

How to Make a Presentation Fun

Maybe you’ve discovered how to teach classes online, now you’re working on your content and you’re asking yourself how to make a presentation fun… while teaching and educating your audience.

There’s actually an art to making a presentation fun, and entire books and courses have been created on the topic.

Having been on the receiving side of many presentations in my life, I can definitely say that most presentations aren’t particularly fun, they’re boring.

I was recently listening to a fun presentation by Sally Hogshead, where she said that we need to unlearn how to be boring and return to our natural state of being fascinating. If you want to learn what makes you fascinating, you will definitely want to read her book Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and CaptivationHow to Make a Presentation Fun.

I’ll get back to fascination in a second, but first I want to show you my favorite new tool. You’re going to love it too!

How To Make a Presentation Fun Using Prezi

Click here to check out Prezi. They have both free and premium options.

Fascinate and Resonate: How To Make a Presentation Fun

Once you start to bring some of your innate fascination into your presentations, you’re going to be able to keep people’s attention better. But that still doesn’t answer the question how to make a presentation fun, right?

That’s where a cool new tool to design presentations comes in. It’s called Prezi.

It’s unlike any of the existing presentation software that’s out there, like PowerPoint or Keynote.

Those programs are great, and they have certainly allowed people to create great presentations in the past, but I feel like there’s a whole new way of making fun presentations that’s emerging now.

There’s a new contender, and it’s operating under a totally different paradigm for designing presentations.

Instead of looking at presentation as a series of slides, and looks at presentations as one big canvas with different things that you can focus on at different points during your presentation.

Curious? Check out Prezi here, and see why it’s so different.

Other Tips To Make Your Presentations More Fun

These are just a few more ideas on how to make a presentation fun, to get your own creativity flowing.

  • Make it engaging by calling people out, making your audience members raise their hands (whether they’re watching live or online), and asking questions.
  • Sprinkle your presentations with personal stories. Facts tell, and stories sell… but they’re also a lot more fun than just a bunch of information.
  • Make sure you’re having fun yourself. People will be able to tell if you’re not excited about your topic or presentation, so put your heart into it.
  • Don’t read your slides, and don’t just memorize your talk. Let what comes to mind during your presentation take over, it might just be better and more fresh than what you practiced.
  • Get everyone jazzed before your presentation with music, exciting announcements, or other party-like ideas to build up the anticipation.

What Fun Things Have You Enjoyed In Presentations?

I’d love to hear how to make a presentation fun in your eyes, and any examples of fun things you’ve done or seen other presenters do, too. Comment below!

23 Comments

  1. Christine on November 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Nathalie! Thank you for your weekly tips — they’re always so helpful.

    This week… oh wow! Prezi looks amazing! I’m not quite ready for presentations yet but when I am… Prezi’s definitely the program to use. Thank you! -Christine



  2. Marta Laurent Veciana on November 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    How cool is that? A friend of mine just recommended me Prezi last weekend, and I started experimenting with it yesterday. It's really a great tool!



    • Nathalie Lussier on November 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Yay Marta! I just love when a new tool comes out and changes the way we think about stuff. :)



  3. gina rafkind on November 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

    hey Nathalie!
    loved this presentation (actually, I love all your presentations!)…..was wondering if you use prezi, do you need something like screenflow too to record it? This is the next area I want to step into creating…….I’ve used keynote but this is so much more FUN!
    thanks!
    gina



  4. Nathalie Lussier on November 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    @Christine – Awesome, so glad it’s opened your eyes to what’s possible – even if you’re not quite ready for the presentation time yet. Woohoo!

    @Gina – Yes you would need something like Screenflow to record your voice over it. :)



  5. gina rafkind on November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    thx Nathalie!



  6. Chivon John on November 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I love your tips Nathalie! Thanks for sharing this tool. This is fantastic.



  7. Priscille on November 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Nathalie, I loved seeing this video and how easy Prezi is to use :)

    I had seen Prezi used in a presentation before and thought it was really cool! Bookmarked it for the day I would be needing it!

    Now I want to start on that fun presentation right away!



  8. jo on November 29, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I can’t wait to have a play on this!
    Another great share, thank you!



  9. Lisa Work on November 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    This is really cool! I have seen a few people use this and it’s been on my radar, but now I feel compelled to dive in and try it!! Thanks for the nudge and reminder.



  10. Robert Granholm on December 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    They have a desktop version of Prezi too which runs a bit smoother. I just used it to make a quick intro to a presentation on how to understand FTP for the beginner. Prezi makes it so easy to look sharp with the "pan in and out" effect. Great suggestions, I need to actually give a few talks somewhere to test it in front of a live audience!



    • Nathalie Lussier on January 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Awesome Robert, I'm loving it for the intro of my videos too :)



  11. Altaf Zaki on December 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I think Prezi is a cool tool! and more than any tool, it is your passion, excitement, engagement and communication power, which really empower your ideas to be transformed from your mind to slides, then it boost your mind more for interactive finishing!



  12. Henri Cousineau on December 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hi
    What pluggin do you use your video gallery in your video tutorial page.



  13. Lauryn Doll on January 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I tried Prezi a few months ago and it drove me crazy! I quit prematurely lol.



    • Nathalie Lussier on January 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Yeah it has a fairly steep learning curve, I lost some of my work the first time I used it because it didn't autosave!



  14. Jenna Dalton on January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you so much, Nathalie!

    It’s funny, I just watched an online presentation and thought, “Wow that’s super cool. I wonder how he did that!” And now I’m pretty sure this was what he must have used. So, thank you!



  15. Jessica Scheer on January 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Just made my first prezi! Thanks for sharing! xo



  16. Lucas Davis on June 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Some really good tips Nathalie and it is difficult to make a presentation fun. I think with the likes of PowerPoint, they can be restricting in terms of audience participation. Prezi and the hundreds of other interactive presentation software available are designed to address that problem. Do you agree with the death by PowerPoint stance?