There are a couple of things that make up a great presentation. First is the way the presenter presents; his words, posture, and how much he/she captures and engages the audience during the presentation. The second thing is how well and organized they display their presentation. No matter how great a presenter may be, if he/she is working with a disorganized and badly structured presentation, then they probably won’t present well enough.
For you as a speaker to be well-prepared and organized, you need to use the right tools to prepare and plan. One of the first hurdles to scale is coming up with a suitable topic to present; another is to coming up with the right visualization to help your audience see the bigger picture. Mind maps are an excellent option to use for planning and preparing.
You can use mind mapping for brainstorming on the right topic to present. You can use it to help you with the presentation outline. The mind map has a central/main idea with various branches or subtopics that all link to the main idea. When you working with that structure, then everything you are adding to the presentation outline is always linked back to the main topic. This prevents you from going off-track while preparing the presentation.
Mind mapping software help to organize and structure the mumbled thoughts in your head into a creative piece that properly presents the idea you had earlier. They help with both the brainstorming and visualization processes. The good thing about using mind mapping software is that you don’t have to think about everything at once. You are mapping out all the information for the presentation, this helps greatly with your presentation skills.
You can put those thoughts and ideas down as they randomly pop into your brain. If you are stuck on a particular step or process, you don’t have to wait till you have the idea for that, you can just continue to the next random step/ process in your head at any time. As everything begins to shape up on the mind map, you can begin to get new ideas about a particular project.
Visualizing a particular project or work helps with the creative process, it helps you to begin to see the clearer/bigger picture of the project. When you add suitable visuals to mind maps, it helps to shape up the presentation in your mind and in your audience’s mind. Mind mapping software makes it extremely easy to do that when planning.
The best thing about using mind mapping software to prepare for your presentation is that you can easily turn your mind maps into a slideshow in matters of seconds. You are brainstorming and preparing the slides all at once. Once you are done with outlining, adding images, and colors, you can switch the format to that of presentation slides. That is it! You are done!
Mind mapping software allows for easy collaboration between teams. Seeing the presentation outline all mapped out allows easy following of ideas between teams. The best thing about this is that all members of the team don’t have to be physically present together to work on a project. Most software allows for virtual input from members of the team.
Mind mapping software offers a variety of templates for various purposes that you can choose from for presentation. You don’t have to stress yourself in coming up with an outline template.