Using iMindMap for Powerful Presentations – The Basics

The capability to deliver impressive presentations and talks is held in high regard whether you are in business, working for a firm or involved in education. To be able to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely and in a way that your viewers appreciates, understands and ideally applauds is extremely valued.

iMindMap has a seriously potent and effective presentation mode that will enable you to create stunning visual displays to accompany your talk. However don’t think that just by flashing up the software and selecting “Presentation Mode” that you will give a fantastic delivery.  There are some distinct stages that must come first before sharing your thoughts with the world by using iMindMap.  I have seen it many times where people jump on a piece of technology they suppose will improve their skills in front of an audience only to see that the technology is blamed when the audience reaction isn’t one of resounding applause and praise.

Microsoft PowerPoint is actually a classic example of that. The phrase “death by PowerPoint” is one you are going to hear over and over again but the truth is that PowerPoint is not to blame. It’s how it’s utilized that has created its terrible reputation. I heard recently the Pentagon has banned PowerPoint presentations which to me is ludicrous and completely unnecessary – it is dangerous presenters ought to be banned!  So it is the same with iMindMap and its remarkable presentation mode – if it’s utilized in the wrong way it will get a terrible reputation.

Before you take advantage of iMindMap to deliver your presentations, you should first of all have a well thought out and designed session that contains the best message for the target audience. You also ought to be comfortable speaking to the target audience and have practiced delivering your session so you are very confident with it and your ability to deliver it.  When all of these are in place, then look at what tools can supplement your performance.

But before that, let’s get the fundamentals right and give you a checklist to dramatically improve the probability of delivering a remarkable and well received presentation.

1. Who is your target audience?

This will be a key thing to get right and you must remember you are there for them and not just for you. You will have to have a clear idea of who they are, what their concerns or issues are, what sort of individuals they are, how they are as a collective, their demographics (age, sex etc) and what they expect from you the speaker.

2. What exactly is the purpose of your talk?

Primarily there can be three key varieties of presentation – ones designed to influence, others whose purpose is to inform and those that inspire. Be particularly clear on which you are delivering. You’ll eventually be able to blend the three types but that only comes with experience so if you’re new to presenting you might consider which of those three approaches you are going to focus on.  There is another sort of presentation and that one that entertains. I suggest you steer clear of trying to be funny as a stated aim of your talk since jokes and one liners that seem perfect in the cold light of day, rarely hit the mark with a living and breathing audience. For those who present a lot, you’ll uncover that the very best humor will naturally seep out from you when you are live in front of the audience, so don’t try and force it in the scripting phase of your preparations.

3. Exactly where and when will you be delivering your presentation?

This should be commonsense but is worth reminding you of it.  Aside from the logistics of turning up at the right place and right time you should be aware that individual rooms have totally different dynamics and usually unique facilities. So it is crucial you know what you might be faced with and prepare accordingly.

4. What is your most important message?

If you’ve ever sat in an audience at a seminar or workshop and heard somebody drone on and on, then you can appreciate the importance of being able to present your point, justify your position, argue your stance and support your views without deviating from your main message. So get really clear on what your essential message is – and stick to it!

5. What’s the most effective way of communicating your message?

Will you be including stories or case studies? Is there data or information and facts that it’s worthwhile to impart? Will you be utilizing visual aids? Are there any props you will need?  Much of this last question will be affected by who the target audience is, which is why you must get a very good feel of who they are ahead of time when you begin putting your presentation together.