iMindMap for Presentations – Part 1

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iMindMap and Presentation Skills

The ability to deliver impressive presentations is a skill that is held in high regard whether you are in business, working for a company or  involved in education.  To be able to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely and in a way that your audience appreciates, understands and ideally applauds is highly valued.

iMindMap has a really powerful and effective presentation mode that will allow you to create stunning presentations very quickly indeed.  However just because it is a great tool for delivering great talks doesn’t mean that just by flashing up the software and selecting “Presentation Mode” that you are going to give a great presentation.

There are several stages that go before that which must be in place before you can even think of sharing your ideas with the world using iMindMap.

Too often I have seen people jump on a piece of technology they think will improve their presentations skills only to see that technology blamed when the audience reaction is not one of applause and praise.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a classic example of that.  The phrase “death by PowerPoint” is one you will hear over and over again but the truth is that PowerPoint is not to blame.  It is how it is used that has created its bad reputation.  I heard recently that the Pentagon has banned PowerPoint presentations which to me is ludicrous.  Bad presenters should be banned!

So it is the same with the iMindMap presentation mode – if it is used in the wrong way it will get a bad reputation.

The point I am coming to is that before you even look to take advantage of the iMindMap presentation mode you should first of all have a well thought out and designed presentation that contains the right message for the audience.  You should also be comfortable standing up in front of an audience and have practiced delivering your session so you are confident with it.

When all of these are in place, then you are ready to start looking at what tools you can use to help supplement your presentation.

iMindMap presentation audienceSo before you start looking to iMindMap to support your presentation skills, lets get the fundamentals in place first and give you a checklist of things you need to consider before you start putting your presentation together so you can dramatically increase the probablity of delivering a great presentation.

1.  Who is your audience?

This is a key thing to get right and it is important to remember you are there for them and not just for you.  You need to have a good idea of who they are, what their concerns or issues are,  what sort of people they are, their demographics (age, sex etc) and what they expect from being sat in front of you.

2.  What is the Purpose of your Presentation?

Primarily there are three main types of presentation –  those that influence, those that inform and those that inspire.  You need to be very clear on which one you are delivering.  You can blend the three types but that only comes with experience so if you are new to presenting you need to know which one to focus on.

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There is another type of presentation and is one that entertains.  I suggest for now you steer clear of trying to be funny as a stated aim because jokes and one liners that seem perfect when you are your desk preparing your presentation rarely hit the mark in front of an audience.  If you present a lot you will find that the best humor will naturally seep out from you in the moment so don’t try and force it.

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3.  Where and when will you be delivering your presentation?

I hope that knowing when you are going to speak is a given but understanding where is crucial.  Different room types have different dynamics.  Different venues have different facilities.  So it is very important that you know what you will be faced with and prepare accordingly.

4.  What is your main message?

If you have ever sat in an audience and heard someone drone on and on, then you will appreciate the importance of being able to get to your point,  justify your point,  argue your point and support your point without deviating from it.  So get very clear on what your main message is.

5.   What is the best way of communicating your message?

Will you be using stories or case studies?  Is there data or information you need to impart?  Will you be using visual aids?  Are there any props you need?

Much of this last point will be affected by who the audience is which is why you need to get a good feel of who they are before you start putting your presenation together.

So there are some things to think about before you even attempt to open up iMindMap in its Presentation Mode.

In the next article in this series, I will show you how to use iMindMap to plan your presentation.  If you have not got a copy of it yet, you can get a free trial download by clicking the button below here.  But remember when you have the software DON’T open up the presentation mode yet until you have finished reading this series of articles. :-)

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