Your Next Presentation with Mapping By Chris King
listening to a business tape recently, I was reminded of Tony Buzan and
his innovative brain work in the 1960s when he created the breakthrough
tool called Mind Mapping. I went to my own shelf of tape series, and found
Michael Gelb’s program, Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural
Genius. Gelb was the first person awarded the distinction of “Master
Teacher” by the Buzan Foundation – and, he knows his stuff!
After listening to the series during the past week and starting to reacquaint
myself with the strength of the system by playing with it (Mind Mapping
should be fun and like “play” to be effective), I realized
what a great tool this is and can be for planning a presentation.
know how usual it is for me to settle on my topic, my theme for
that topic, break it into three points, then create an opening, a body
and a close. I imagine all of you have a technique for planning a presentation
with which you are comfortable, too. I suggest, however, that it’s
time to get out of your comfort zone and try something different, fun
and rewarding. Let’s try a Mind Map.
use a Mind Map? What are the benefits?
and more creative thinking
more in less time
inner, intuitive ideas
to consider random thoughts and let yourself go
use of synvergent thinking – rather than using either the left
(linear thinking) brain or the right (artistic thinking) brain, both
are at work together
uncover thoughts and talents you didn’t know you had
will I need to make a successful Mind Map?
of paper, crayons, colored pens, pencils and markers, along with a comfortable
place with lots of space to work alone
fun, light and positive attitude free from judgment and/or evaluation
of any ideas that happen to pop up. In other words, be ready to let
yourself go, think fast, free associate and keep moving
to follow the steps described by Buzan and Gelb, but don’t become
too bound to rules or worrying about doing a Mind Map the wrong way
– remember, this Map is for you and you alone. In my experience,
the basic form works differently for different people.
prepared to try again if the first attempt doesn’t work out the
way you hoped it would. After all, this is your first trial. Even though
I played with Mind Mapping years ago, it is now making much more sense
to me and a real impact on what I am considering.
ready. What next?
the mind actually focuses on the center, start in the center of the
paper with your topic and/or a symbol or icon circled.
lines radiating from the center and print any keyword that comes to
mind on each line (let yourself go, don’t worry if they don’t
all seem to relate to your topic).
color, pictures and symbols as you let the original words activate other
words and inspire other ideas. Associate freely and work quickly (when
we slow down, we are tempted to judge and evaluate).
going – as long as the ideas are coming and you are having fun.
feel that you have done as much as you can, you can go back and organize,
getting rid of what doesn’t work or is superfluous, and actually
redrawing once the associations are made.
now use the Map as the structure for your presentation or actually go
back to outlining what you have created through the exercise.
re-introduced to this great tool that integrates the free-flowing
imagination mode with more focused, analytical ways of thinking, I have
realized that it will also serve as a way to set goals and even re-design
my business plan.
my rediscovery of Mind Mapping, I also surfed the net and find
several interesting and related websites. First, you will find out all
about Tony Buzan at www.iMindMap.com.
You will find out all about the history of Mind Mapping and what is happening
today in this field. Another interesting site is www.thinksmart.com
where you will find innovation at its finest. Joyce Wycoff has created
(see the bottom of the home page) “Mindmapping – 8 easy steps”
and my favorite, “Idea Workout Gym.” If you ever feel like
your imagination is “on hold” visit her site. And, finally,
which is geared toward the business person. Just make sure that you have
plenty of time for your visits. I guarantee you will find more than you
get started with this fun project! And, be sure to let me
know how it turns out for you.
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