Text Notes interfere with the emotional connection you want to make with your audience. They are black text on a white background, like you’re reading now – Yuk!
Certainly you can read text with emotion, but the emotional connection is more immediately recognized when looking at high quality, easily understood, pictures and graphics. I place them on a Mind Map.
Mind Mapping is a non-linear, visual, brain storming tool. I use it to develop, practice and deliver presentations. A picture literally is worth 1,000 words, and looking at each image in my Mind Map, I immediately know what point to make.
Each of those images means something specific to me. I don’t have to read any text. It’s far easier to look at the image and “tell the story” the image reminds me of.
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The title of the presentation is: Nuggets to Neutralize the Fear of Public Speaking – Now! It’s not your presentation, but I’ll bet that looking at the Map and images briefly, you could deliver it! (Sure, I’ve got brief text under those graphics, but after studying the Mind Map a few times, you could delete them.)
“Read” the presentation by starting at 12:00 o’clock and going clockwise. Look at each image and see how it relates to the “words.”
“See” how much easier it is to look at an icon vs. black and white text. I “know my stuff,” just as you know yours, so I just need a reminder of each nugget.
I won’t go thru the entire presentation, but here are a few of those “Nuggets.”
First Image – An image of three people with expressions of fear on their faces.
You are not alone! 75% of the population suffers from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. It is a word, not a disease, and it can be controlled!
Second Image – Butterflies
You really never want to get rid of the butterflies in your stomach. A little nervous energy is good. You want those butterflies to fly in formation!
Third Image – Open Mouth with a Zipper over it.
Never, Never, Never tell the audience you are nervous. They will be looking for it and it could become a self-fulling prophecy.
Fourth Image – Handshake
Arrive early at the event to Meet & Greet people who will be in the audience. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to present to people you’ve already met.
Fifth Image – A Name Tag on top of the Handshake
Name Tags make the Meet & Greet much easier. They close the gap between people by reaching out and pulling you in.
Look at the rest of the images and see if you can determine what the text would be!
A huge benefit of using a Mind Map rather than notes is that it can lessen the Fear of Public Speaking. It does this because the images remind you of what you know and are going to present. Trying to memorize a presentation or, when nervous and trying to “read” notes, is very hard to do well.
To learn more about Mind Mapping and why I call it the “Swiss Army Knife for the Brain!” go to mastermindmapper.com
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