Perfect Your Presentations through Mind Mapping

Perfect Your Presentations Through Mind Mapping

It is a far too common procedure for lecturers to prepare presentations with a few pages of notes made up of linear sentences. They stand up behind the podium and start to read, expecting their diligent audience to take ‘proper notes’. They drone on monotonously at a pace enabling their audience to copy their words. Drooping shoulders and heavy heads become more and more visible. Is this method actually doing any good?

Include Keywords, Images, Colors, Visual Rhythms, Connections and Associations

To summarize, no. Words alone are worthless in helping in understanding and remembering. Not only are they boring but they do not represent the brain’s naturally fluid nature. Presentations need to impart information in a form that is easily digested by the brain. The most effective presentation will include keywords, images, colors, visual rhythms, connections and associations. These are main aspects in triggering imagination, a key process in learning. But how do you achieve these in a presentation?

Mind Maps are perfect for structuring and organizing:

It is important that you Mind Map the basic facts of your presentation before you even begin to concentrate on the subject matter. Mind Maps are perfect for structuring and organizing current ideas and plans in a memorable way for presenting to others. Firstly, you need to know who your audience is and what they stand to benefit from your presentation. Your Mind Map may include branches such as ‘Case studies’, ‘Analysis’, ‘Inspiration’, ‘Understanding’ etc. With the aid of this Mind Map you will be able to turn the keywords and ideas into a coherent order ensuring that you use hard data to back up any views or ideas that you may use in the presentation. Ensure your central image incorporates the subject, while the branches should represent the subjects for discussion. By using a Mind Map, you will find your role in a wider context will be clearer, and will find it easier to stick to your subject as your thoughts will be less likely to wander off on a tangent.

Be bold - Use Images and Colors

In your presentation you should use images, colors and symbols. This is one of the most effective ways of getting your point across. The visual stimuli will make the presentation more dynamic and interesting. A long list of boring information can be transformed into colorful, memorable, highly organized diagrams that reflect your brain’s natural way of thinking and encourage synergetic thinking. Therefore in your Mind Map include a branch of thoughts and ideas to make you presentation more fun, interactive and memorable for your audience.

Practice Makes Perfect

It is important that one of the branches on your Mind Map should focus on the practice you feel is necessary to ensure that you do not over run your allocated time. You may also use the Mind Map to allocate how much time you would like to spend on each topic.

How Can Computer Software Help You?

Thanks to computers, presentations have become even easier with the aid of state of the art visuals. With Mind Mapping software available such as Tony Buzan's iMindMap, computerized Mind Maps can be transferred to PowerPoint. Do not fall into the trap of believing that using PowerPoint means simply making a linear list of sentences and phrases - this will fail to keep your audience interested and able to learn. By exporting your Mind Maps into such programs you maps can come to live and animate your ideas. By clicking a button branches can appear and extend ask you are discussing each area.

Building up the Mind Map

Interaction with your audience is another key aspect to a successful presentation. This can be achieved by building up the Mind Map as you share your information with your audience and asking them to contribute any ideas or thoughts to the map.

Alternatively, encourage your participants to take notes in the form of their own individual Mind Maps on your presentation. This will require the audience to think for themselves and encourage active participation; consequently the audience is more likely to get the most out of your presentation. Mind Maps allow participants to break the linear tradition of note taking and helps them to make appropriate associations and absorb more information effectively.

You should now be ready to start planning a great presentation, so good luck.

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

There is a lot of great information here. thank you for you time

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