Life Hacks to Memorize Your Presentation: Mind Map

One of the most important rules of a good speaker says: never read your presentation. There is a significant difference between a person who speaks 'from his heart' and a person who reads his papers literally.

Therefore, memorization of a presentation key points and ideas turns into a serious task and the most important problem for each speaker before he shares this information with his audience.

We are going to tell you about really effective ways to remember your presentation in the shortest time and restore it in your memory during the performance. By the way, good memorization increases your self-confidence - you are less worried, you have more opportunities for improvisation and focusing on the audience. And when you don't know the text, you have to deal with yourself – in order not to fail.

The topic of today's conversation is mind mapping. What is it? How it works? Why you should definitely try this method?

Typically, a mind map is a visual plan created on paper or in a computer program and resembling a diagram with a big central block, several large and many small branches.

Such a plan helps to remember and structure information that chaotically travels through your brain. How it works? Neurophysiologists know that an image on a paper (or other visual object) that has structured connections repeats the way that neural connections in our brain work. It helps to systematize everything that happens in our head. When this connection was proved, several popular lines were created: neural connections were drawn, described, painted, combined with pictures and animations. Experts say - and it was proved by science – that systematization of this kind helps to remember information in the shortest time.

Between 1986 and 2009, several different groups of researchers consistently proved that mind mapping improved the quality and speed of memorization during the studies from 10% to 32% compared to traditional methods (rehearse, learning without visualization, and others).

Many experts agree that it is better to use regular paper and pencils or markers for this technique. Why? The fact is that our hands and fingers have nerve connections associated with active zones of our brains that are responsible for learning, speaking and remembering. Therefore, if you draw by hand, rather than stuffing objects in a computer program, the effect promises to be better. Well, we take a sheet of paper, a pencil and - we begin.

Our brain is used to put the main, the key idea in the center of visual perception. Central is always perceived as the main position and attracts attention. So you should start from the center. Do not just write a word - draw a circle or other object, colorize it, and write the main idea of your presentation in the middle of this object. The picture uses your imagination - and the brain immediately "records" information. Choose as few words as possible to display each thought. Even while you are choosing them, you are perfectly remembering the topic!

Select a few large branches around the main topic (for example, the most significant presentation points that you need to describe in front of the audience). Draw them on the sides of the central block, leaving some empty place on all sides. Use curved lines with no sharp corners - the brain perceives and remembers them better. Use colors - the brain understands them as pictures, so memorization goes easier. Draw thick lines, connecting the central thought with the side ones.

Hooray! You have built a new neural connection! And be sure that your brain has done this together with your hand.

You can add small pictures or symbols to every point that will be strongly associated with questions that are related to all visual blocks. Think about at least 2-3 additional positions that are close to each subtopic and allow you to describe it effectively – so that all together forms the complete and interesting disclosure of your presentation topic. Draw the lines from the sub-themes to the words and pictures of the third level. And yes, it's again about neural connections! Now you have linked the main topic not only with additional points, but also with small details. Your topic now is connected and complete, and your presentation has lined up in your head as in the picture.

What will happen next? There is the colorful picture, created by your hands with the active participation of your brain. You can see it, you can touch it, you can read it. It's not just a neutral text in black and white, which is printed and lies in front of you on the podium. This is a bright picture that your brain "photographed" throughout the entire creation and remembered all the links that you've created with your pencil or marker. This picture is already in your head - and it will automatically arise in it when you stand in front of the audience at the presentation. You can take it with you and sometimes take a look at it - it's not the same as reading the text on a piece of paper.

We hope this idea is useful for you.

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Posted in PodioMotivation, Tips by PodioBox on Jun 21, 2017