Sunday, December 7th, 2008

This video presentation will guide you to discover new ways to make your message heard loud and clear. It will show you how to stay on topic and never get lost in your notes. You will be able to fully get to grips with the techniques for building and holding rapport with your audience and keeping them focused on the presentation, in a way that they will understand and remember.

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In the last talk on presentation preparation, we talked about the presentation templates built in to NovaMind and also the 4-Mat system of presenting information in the order: Why, What, How, and What If.

We were talking about the overall structure of the presentation, and didn’t get into the fine details of delivery and wording, but along with the personality types that are being spoken to with the 4-mat system, there are four basic learning styles, and when you use the actual words that these people understand and resonate with, they will be able to see what you are getting at.

Those main learning styles are: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Auditory digital.

For the visual people, you should use words like: appear, clear, crystal, envision, focus, hazy, imagine, look, picture, reveal, see, show, view, and watch.

For the auditory people, you should use words like: all ears, harmonize, hear, heard, listen, question, resonate, rings a bell, silence, sounds, tune in/out.

For the kinesthetic people, you should use words like: catch on, feel, grasp, get a handle on, hard, harsh, sense, sensitive, solid, tap into, throw out, touch, turn around.

For the auditory digital people, you should use words like: change, chart progress, conceive, consider, criteria, decide, experience, know, learn, makes sense, motivate, perceive, plan, process, think, understand.

Using Mind Maps for your presentations makes your life really easy as a presenter, because your entire presentation is right there in front of you the whole time in a very compact form. You always have the topic at the center of the mind map, and the main points as the first level branches, so you never get lost, and always stay on topic.

It makes it easy to establish stronger eye contact and rapport with your audience because you don’t have to remember where you are up to on a huge page of written notes or shuffle your way through cue cards. Instead you have a diagram that resonates with your visual-spacial memory, so you can immediately see on the Mind Map where you are up to, and how that relates to what you have just said and what you are going to cover in the rest of your presentation.

The keywords on the branches keep you on topic without tying you to a particular way of expressing it, so you can open up and use your natural language instead of sounding as if you have read it out, as you would if you had read from traditional notes.

Because you can see at a glance how much information there is left to cover in the presentation, you can pace yourself and always finish on time without rushing, even if you do allow audience participation during the presentation.

From the audience’s point of view, they get a clearly structured presentation where they can see how it all fits together. The presentation is logical and flows so they can understand it and fit it in with their existing knowledge. They feel that you are talking directly to them because you are triggering their interest through the 4-mat structure and the learning style keywords.

Best of all, you can also print the mind map out without text on the branches and hand these maps out to your audience. They can fill in the text on the mind map during your presentation as you reveal it to them. This has a multitude of advantages for their attention and absorption of the information because they see it (great for the visual people), they hear it (auditory), they get to write it down (kinesthetic), they get to think about it and put it into their own words and extend the ideas (auditory digital). So all the learning styles are fully catered for in one place.

This is a very powerful presentation system.

So how exactly do you give a presentation from a Mind Map?

Start by stating the topic - the mind map’s title. Then go around to the innermost branches to give an introduction and tell people what to expect from the presentation.

Next, for each of the innermost branches, go through all its sub-branches to give the details for that topic.

Finally to wrap up your presentation, go around the innermost branches again and let that be your summary.

Normally you would give the presentation using the NovaMind presenter so that you can project it onto a screen and progressively reveal the branches, showing the first level branches for your introduction first, then go through the rest of your presentation delving into the detail as you go.

But if you don’t have those facilities available, you can:
* Export to PowerPoint or Keynote using the built-in mind map export tools,
* Print out the mind map to use as your notes,
* Set up the mind map on your laptop for you to see,
* Print your mind map out as a poster

The video covers these points in a bit more detail, as well as providing a number of tips which will really help you get the best result from your presentation, so watch the video now to get the full information.

About Mind Mapping

Mind Maps are diagrams that work the way people think -- they organize the information in the same way our brains organize information. They make it easy to understand, remember, and communicate complex information.

Our brains like thinking in pictures. The smooth curves and colorful pictures used in Mind Mapping create powerful images for your brain to remember.

Mind Maps cater to both logical left brain thinking and pictorial right brain thinking at the same time, which makes them a very good way of storing and recalling information, presenting things to other people, and brainstorming new ideas.

Contact Profile

NovaMind Mind Mapping Software

NovaMind has been the top Mind Mapping program available on Mac computers for the last 6 years, and is rapidly gaining recognition in the Windows market. NovaMind makes Mind Mapping intuitive and fun.

For more information about NovaMind, please visit or e-mail Gideon King at gideon(at)

Gideon King
P: 07 3806 3038


Watch this video to discover new ways to make your message heard loud and clear. It will show you how to stay on topic and maintain rapport using Mind Maps.


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