Mind Mapping®, developed by Tony Buzan, is a visual method of taking notes and developing concepts. You can use mind mapping to organize your presentation. Mind mapping works especially well for hierarchical presentations. (See my tip on Creating a Web-Style Presentation.) Here’s the basic process:
- At the center of a large sheet of paper, write the main topic and circle it.
- In different colors, make branches off the center topic. At the end of each branch, briefly write topics (also called “chapter headings”). If possible, add images to these topics.
- Branch off sub-topics from each of the topics.
- Draw lines to connect sub-topics with each other.
The result is a visual representation of the ideas you want to convey. Mind mapping can also be used for planning, teaching, and problem-solving. You can also use software to create mind maps. Here are some helpful mind mapping links: