I am a public speaker. I am also a mind-mapper. Since discovering mind-mapping a couple of decades ago most of the public speakers who work closely with me have also become mind-mappers. It’s not that I have been evangelistic about the technique; I haven’t. It’s just that mind-mapping works.
If you’ve not heard of mind-mapping you won’t have experienced the pleasure of being freed from linear note-taking, boring revision or from giving speeches constrained by the order of those crib notes on the podium.
Once learned (and it is simple and quick to learn) then the collection and communication of information, any information, becomes an altogether much more pleasant experience. Note-taking becomes fun. Content preparation becomes fluid. Speech delivery becomes freeing. Your notes are not a page of writing but a canvas of colouring. Your content isn’t paragraphed but placed & moved. Your speaking isn’t governed by the next written sentence but by the flow of your ideas.
If you want to learn more about mind-mapping done at its best, simply search for “mindmapping” and “buzan” via your search engine of choice (Tony Buzan is the foremost developer of the technique). If you feel the need for special software to help you mindmap; resist the urge to buy. Stick with either pencils and paper (you can always digitise by taking a photo or scan) or a basic painting app. Anything else removes some of the organic feel of mind-mapping.
I hope I’ve whetted your appetite.
Thanks for dropping by.