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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.

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Master Mind Mapper – Fred Miller

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Your Challenges and Opportunities!

Many years ago, at an International Toastmasters Convention, I was introduced to Mind Mapping.

Since no good speaker should be just a ‘talking head’, I decided to attend a training seminar about ‘Speaking without Notes’.

The presenter was a high school principal who talk us about a visual technique called ‘Pegging’.  It involved memorizing 20 ‘Pegs’ and attaching key words of your speach to those pegs with ‘super mental crazy glue’.

During the Question and Answer Session, someone asked the principal, “How do you write your speeches?”mmmmcc

“Mind Maps,” was the reply.  When he said it, he pushed a button on the projector and an image appeared that had everything radiating from the center.

I thought, “That looks pretty cool.”

Then the presenter said, “I develop, practice and deliver all my talks with Mind Maps.”

I then said to myself, “Wow.  That seems super cool.”

Finally, he added, “Last week I gave three speeches in one day; All different and all developed, practiced and delivered with Mind Maps.”

That did it for me!  I knew I had to find out more about this tool.

I immediately bought Tony Buzan’s book, ‘The Mind Map Book.’  I devoured it, and was hooked.

I even enrolled in an art class to see if I could draw Mind Maps.  After two classes, I realized I had no talent in this area and dropped out.

Luckily, through my teacher, wife, I found Inspiration brand software, and was able to develop, edit, prioritize and revise Mind Maps with ease.

Ever since, I’ve been studying and exploring new uses for it and how to get maximum results.

Just as a Swiss Army Knife is a multi-purpose tool, Mind Mapping can be used to develop ideas and solutions to everyday tasks, challenges and opportunities – personal and business.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Other Brain Related Activities

I use Mind Mapping for everything from Daily To-do Lists to Planning Trips to Writing and Delivering Speeches.

My only regret –
I didn’t discover it sooner!

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YOU Have a Zillion Ideas!iStock_000000409830XSmall

And they’re great ideas.  Some of them – really great ideas!

Often, they’re all over the place.  They come to you fast and furiously, and it’s frustrating that you can’t act on each and every one of them Now.

And you’ve got so many of them that it’s hard to know what to work on now, what to work on later, and which ones to put off until ?

At times, this leaves you feeling overwhelmed and with a sense that you’re not accomplishing anywhere close to what you know you want to do.

So you make Lists.

  • Lots of lists
  • Prioritized lists
  • Categorized lists
  • Daily To Do lists
  • List of things that can be put off till other lists are complete!
    • It goes on and on and on – doesn’t it?

YOUR Job Entails:

  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Process Development
  • Strategic Planning

Sometimes, maybe more than sometimes, you know there’s got to be a better way to organized and prioritize all this.

When you find that ‘Magic Tool’, you’ll be a Task Accomplishing Machine!

Mind Mapping is that ‘Magic Tool’.  It brings together the left, linear (logical) side of your brain with the right, creative side.  Mind Mapping works the way our brains work.

Look around this site.  The answers to your frustrations are on these pages!

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FAQS About Mind Mapping

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  • Is there one best way to do Mind Mapping?
    • The purists of this tool follow Tony Buzan, the originator of Mind Mapping.
      • He layed down very specifc rules about how it should be done.
    • Since Mind Mapping is usually a very personal thing and often used only by the person doing the Mind Mapping, I suggest modifying the rules to meet your own specific needs.  This is what I have done.
  • What can Mind Mapping be used for?
    • Lots of things!
      • Problem Solving • Decision Making • Strategic Planning • Process Development • Writing a Speech/Book/Article • Delivering a Speech • Planning a Trip • Making a Sales Template
  • How come I never heard of Mind Mapping?
    • Good Question!
      • It originated in the 1970s in England and is very prevalent in other countries.
      • Good News!  It is being taught in many elementary schools in the U.S. now!
        • More companies and individuals are being introduced to the benefits Mind Mapping offers through seminar and practitioners like me.
  • Why use software?  What’s wrong with just using paper and pencil?
    • Nothing is wrong with doing it that way.
    • One of the nice things about using software is that editing and updating are always easy to do.
      The maps can be linked to URLs, documents and other Mind Maps.
    • This can be an extremely helpful feature for discovering and documenting the subject being Mind Mapped.
    • Mind Maps can go ‘layers deep’ and can hide notes not needed in the ‘big picture’, but helpful for a more detailed explanation.
    • Maps, and the diagrams they also produce, can be converted to Word or PDFs and emailed to others.
    • Graphics, which add to the value of a map, are part of many Mind Mapping software programs.  Additionally, custom graphics can be imported.
    • There are also a number of software Mind Mapping programs that are web based.  This can make collaboration and project management easier.

    Why use software do you recommend?

    • I use a Mac, so when I started Mind Mapping my choices were limited.  Luckily, I found Inspiration, a software program that is cross platform and has many features that fit my needs.
    • My suggestion for software is to Google ‘Mind Mapping Software’.  Most vendors provide a 30 day free trial.  during that period you can evaluate the different features and benefits each offer.
    • Chuck Frey’s Mind Mapping Software Blog provides reviews and links to all major products.  His reviews are very helpful, plus he has authored several e-books on the subject of Mind Mapping.
    • You might want to take advantage of his newsletter, also.
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