Use Mindmaps And This 4 Step Process To Eliminate Presentation Stress

Have you been to one of those presentations where you thought you just had to go away? The presenter was showing you dozens of slides. You could not identify any structure in it.

Your presenter probably did not use mindmaps to outline and present his or her information. Today, we have a look at how mindmaps will help you to get things clear for your next presentation. Even if you already created your presentation and you think it needs work (before the end of the day)!

Here are the 4 steps in using mindmaps for your presentation.

Step 1: Create an outline of your presentation

I assume you already have a general idea of what you will be speaking about. This is of course important.

This first step helps you in outlining your presentation. You can do that by creating a mindmap on either a large sheet of paper, a whiteboard or on your computer.

Put the topic in the middle of the mindmap. Then, you use free association to get ideas of what you want to discuss. Ask yourself questions like:

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  • What do I want my audience to learn or hear?
  • What is it they need to do after the presentation?
  • What does my audience know already?
  • Why was I asked to present my thoughts and information on this topic?

The main thing you should understand is that most of the time, you need to think from your audience their perspective. Sure, it’s great to talk about what you like. The only small thing is… you are not that important. You are there on a mission: entertain, educate, convince or inform your audience.

What you need to do is create branches in your map that give them answers to their questions. If you need additional guidance in this, make sure you ask the people who invited you or you can even ask some of the people who will attend the presentation. They can tell you what you need to talk about.

Once you have your first ideas on paper, you organize them. Put relevant information in the same branch. Organize your thoughts and create an outline. This outline is the basis of your presentation and could even be used as the basis of your hand-out.

The result of this first step is a one-sheet overview of your presentation.

Step 2: Write your presentation

With your outline as the blueprint of your presentation, you start to move into more detail. You write your thoughts on every topic directly in your mindmap.

That’s right, don’t take MS Word or another tool to write your entire presentation. You need to keep things organized. That is why you use the NOTES function of your mindmap tool to store your text.

You simply take a topic in the map and you write in there what you want to tell your audience. Be sure you start at the beginning of your outline. Write in one session your entire presentation. Don’t stop until you have about 80% to 90% of your presentation on paper.

Then… move away from your mindmap and do something completely different. Your subconscious brain will work on it for you.

After a few hours or even a day, you continue writing. You will be amazed about the additional content you can add to your text!

Usually, in about three writing sessions, you have 95% – 100% of your presentation covered in your mindmap.

Step 3: Rehearse and Minimize your map

This third step is important. You need to rehearse your presentation. Personally, I would rehearse the entire presentation for myself using a tape recorder. I simply read the content into a microphone. This way you will hear if sentences are too long or too complicated. When you find something strange, fix this immediately.

Your job is to make your presentation as clear as possible.

When you did this, you ask a colleague or friend to listen to your presentation. Use your text or mindmap to deliver the speech. Let them tell you what needs to be adjusted. You choose if your ‘audience’ does this during the presentation or afterwards.

When the content of the presentation is clear and ready to be used, you have to do one more thing. You need to minimize the mindmap. Copy the original mindmap into a new map and call it for instance presentation1_minimal. You need your ‘big’ mindmap later on.

Since you know what you are talking about, you can probably create a mindmap which shows you less words. Remember, each word or image in a mindmap is a key which unlocks information in your mind. Choosing the right words and images lets you access the information quickly. Think carefully about your map content.

The goal is to use sort of a minimalistic approach. Give your audience the right information and overview and show just enough to help you through your presentation.

When you reduced your map content, you only need to do one thing: print your maps, both the complete and the reduced content map. Also print your completely written out text. These are your backups. 

Step 4: Deliver your mindmapped presentation

Your big moment is here. You only feel a healthy amount of stress. This keeps you focused. You were asked to deliver this presentation AND you prepared, so you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

You may use a video projector or a flip-over or another presentation device to show your smaller mindmap. Remember that this is only to give the audience an overview of what you discuss and where you are in your presentation.

Remember I told you I don’t like text-only PowerPoint slides? This is why. You lose the overview. The mindmap you show won’t do that. It shows what was discussed, where you are right now and where you are going.

If for some reason, you can’t use a visual aid, you can always use the reduced-content-mindmap. Give this to your audience. I can almost guarantee you that they will have a second look at this later. During your presentation, they can add their notes to the mindmap as well.

Since you rehearsed your presentation a number of times, you can confidently deliver it.

Discovering Macau’s Past and Present

One amazing fact about Macau is that it has the ability to bring tourists through its past and present in just a day. It is a place where the past and the present manage to co-exist and meanwhile, justify the beauty that surrounds this place. That is why many people choose not to laze off at their chosen hotel in Macau, but rather explore and discover the riches of landscape and sites.

If there is one place that best represents the old and elegant city life of Macau, it is surely the Senado Square. Constructed in 1918 and crossing over the notable Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro; this magnificent place in the city attracts many tourists. It is also a part of UNESCO’s Historic Centre of Macau.

One remarkable thing about the Senado Square is its wave-patterned mosaic flooring. It is magnificently and elaborately designed for an elegant appeal. It matches so well with the structures built around the area. Flaunting neo-classical designs in colors that are pleasing to the eye, the buildings are definitely picture perfect. Structures of interest are the Leal Senado, the General Post Office, and the St. Dominic’s Church.

In the past, the Senado Square has been where governors inspect their military troops and police forces. Nowadays, it has become of the most ideal spots for public celebration. It is also a good area to stroll – especially at night when the lights turn the area into a golden charm, exuding a very romantic appeal.

Falling in love with the Senado Square is like falling in love with Macau’s history – and it is easy to do. But it does not mean that people should be stuck in the past. Visitors can explore the present day culture by going to the Central Business District of Macau.

The CBD may not be a perfect counterpart of the Senado Square, but it sure represents the modern Macau. The area gives home to numerous skyscrapers which create a very beautiful skyline. Whether during the day or night, when the cityscape is glimmering with colorful lights emitted by the buildings, the view is absolutely breathtaking.

Many may argue that the Central Business District of the city is not much of a tourist attraction. Indeed, there are not many historical sites, or cultural representations in the area. However, the fact that it exhibits different architectural styles of the modern age is enough to draw contemporary architecture enthusiasts to its streets. One remarkable structure within the city is the BNU Tower. It is an edifice, standing tall at the heart of the district, and is owned by the Portuguese-operated bank, Banco Nacional Ultramarino.

The Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson

Roger Dawson is known both as a motivational speaker, and as a real estate master. He has been a professional public speaker for almost 30 years. Before then, he was a real estate master and an employer of up to 540 people in 28 different offices at one point. Anyone that has bought a home, or a piece of property knows all to well that there is a tenuous negotiation process involved. Beyond real estate, it’s mind boggling to think of the negotiations that we practice everyday, and we might not even realize it. Some people are very successful negotiators. These are the people who seem like they get everything that they want from life. Then again, there are those that seem like they can’t catch a break in any area of their life. They might have poor relationships. They might not be advancing in their careers. Maybe they’ve bought the house of the vehicle for far more money that they could have. These are the people who need to learn negotiation skills. There is a book for people like these, or for people who want to take their negotiation skills up a few notches. That book is called The Secrets of Power Negotiating, by Roger Dawson.

In The Secrets Of Power Negotiating, the reader will be taught negotiating skills from every angle. Actually, there will be two main angles to focus on: your angle, and theirs. Roger Dawson want to leave the impression overall, that a successful negotiation happens when both parties walk away feeling like they’ve both gained something. It’s always good when both parties leave the negotiation feeling satisfied. However, Roger Dawson goes in step further in the book The Secrets Of Power Negotiating, by teaching the reader to make the other person feel satisfied, even if the bargain isn’t slanted in their favor, but in yours. When you can create negotiations that are slanted in your favor, or are largely in your favor without making enemies, then you know that you’ve mastered the process.

When it comes to corporate situations, The Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson will help business owners to improve their profits, and to create leverage for themselves. It will teach managers on how to become the best leaders in the organization. But this book goes far beyond the boardroom. Again, it bears repeating the all humans negotiate in every area of their life, even if they don’t realize that they are doing it. Even children negotiate with their parents, and with authority figures. To this end, the book will teach parents about how to guide their children, and how to raise their children in a way that is fair, but that establishes them as the authority figures in their child’s life. Readers can learn how to gain things, such as lower retail prices on their purchases. But they will also learn how to make people feel good, and thus improve their social situations, and their social standing.

Roger Dawson has had many years in dealing with people, relating to people, and learning what makes people tick. He has mastered the tool and the tricks that allows people to get their way in life, and yet leave others feeling good about the experience. He doesn’t want people to make others feel negatively manipulated or toxic. But he does teach in the book The Secrets Of Power Negotiating, about how to be shrewd, and how to get the benefits for yourself that life has to offer.