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Nuggets to Neutralize the the Fear NOW!

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This Mind Map was developed for a Presentation to be delivered to an Open House at a Toastmaster Club.

Read it by starting at 12:00 and going clockwise.

“See” how much easier it is to look at an icon vs. black and white text.  I “know my stuff” so I just need a reminder of each nugget.

I won’t go thru the entire presentation, but here are a few “Nuggets.”

1.  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!

2a.  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!

2b. Never, Never, Never tell the audience you are nervous.  They will be looking for it and it could become a self-fulling prophecy.

3a. 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.

3b. Name Tags make the Meet & Greet much easier.  They close the gap between people by reaching out and pulling you in.

More information at “No Sweat Public Speaking!

How about This: Simple and Easy to Understand!

34 Power Point Slides or 1 Mind Map. You Choose!

Here’s a perfect example of why you might consider Mind Mapping your presentation to an audience rather than using slide after slide.

I just consulted with a company that was announcing it’s New Vision to all employees.  They had prepared 34 slides, with graphics, that explained everything in the New Vision.

The slides were not great, but OK.  (The branding on practically all the slides added clutter.  Clean & Simple is the mantra for slides.  Very little text – Good! Few bullet points – Yea!)

One of the challenges with the slide show was that it wasn’t easily understood how the entire plan fit together.  There was not a picture from above showing all the relationships.

Mind Mapping the presentation shows the BIG Picture.  This is important to all concerned so they see how all the pieces of the New Vision fit together.

The main parts of the Mind Map are shown in sequence, then the accompanying subsets.  When the next component is show, the other subsets disappear so attention is drawn to what is being discussed.

The final Mind Map slide shows how it all fits together!

A Word Cloud is a neat way to look at Mind Mapping!

This visual, showing some of the many use of Mind Mapping, was made with Wordle. Try it!

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I’m in a MasterMind Group that meets once a week.

Each week, one of the members delivers a ‘Mentoring Minute of the Week‘.  It was my turn today, and I developed this Mind Map for that purpose.  (My description is below the map.)

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“Let’s get Back to Basics”
in our personal dealings with
Prospects, Clients, and Business Associates.”

  • Return phone calls
  • Reply to Emails.
    • Even if it’s just ‘Thanks’, reply to each legitimate Email you receive.
  • Write ‘Thank You’ Notes.  Make them the old fashion kind that are actually hand written by you, placed in an envelope, and mailed to someone who did something to benefit you.
  • Confirm Appointments the day before they are scheduled.
  • Get to all appointments early.  (If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late!)
  • Thank people who give you referrals and update them on the progress of those referrals.
    • If it turns into business for you, consider sending a gift card with your ‘Thank You’ note.
  • Pay invoices in a timely manner.
  • Limit the amount of ‘Free Consulting’ you give and you ask for.
    • This is how many of us make money.  Our time and advice is our stock in trade and those giving it should be compensated.

All of the above seem obvious to many.  But, trust me, you will stand out from others when you do them!

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Use  a Mind Map to Show Those Relationships!

Master Mind Mapper Relationship Model

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People learn differently, and there are three learning styles.

  • Some are Auditory Learners.
    They need to hear something.
  • Others are Kinesthetic Learners.
    They need to feel something.
  • Many are Visual Learners.
    They learn better by seeing something.

Usually a person’s learning style is a combination of the above, with an emphasis on one of them.  The more learning styles your message communicates, the more likely the recipients of that message will  Get It!

A Mind Map visually shows those relationships.  Even if someone you’re communicating to is not primarily a visual learner, the use of this visual will reenforce your message and increase the odds they will Get It!

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