Mapping Your Mind – And Your Presentation

Have you ever had a prospect call and ask you to give a training seminar on a topic that you have not taught before? We all have our own ways of preparing for an important presentation. Some make detailed outlines, some use slides and build their presentations around that, and some just wing it. As someone who has given countless presentations in business settings, I personally find that mind maps are an effective preparation tool-whether you’re planning a presentation, a project, or the next five years of your career.

Mind maps are visual diagrams that feature words or ideas linked to a central theme. For instance, say you’re planning a presentation on networking skills. Networking skills would be the central idea on your mind map.

To create a mind map, draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper and write your topic in the circle. Now brainstorm all the topics that fall under that category. Let this be a free-flowing exercise. You won’t necessarily use everything you put down.

For example, here are four topics that you might cover in a networking session: conversation starters, small talk, open-ended questions, and listening skills. For each major category you come up with, draw a line from the circle. If you imagine your circle as a clock, you would draw a line at 12, at 3, at 6, and at 9 o’clock for these four topics. If you have more categories, draw more lines. Once you have all your categories listed, branch out into more specific aspects for each individual topic.

Intrigued? Here are some tips to follow when using a mind map.

Use mind maps to help you stay organized. Because mind maps are more visual and intuitive than linear outlines, they help you see the flow of your presentation. This way you can avoid unnecessary tangents and stay on topic.

Don’t try to cover too much material. You want to keep your audience engaged and give them their “money’s worth,” but there is such a thing as overdoing it. Don’t bite off more than you can chew by barraging your audience with tons of information or trying to cram in so much that you rush through the important points. It’s better to cover a few things thoroughly than to cover several things in a rush. Your mind map will help you determine how much content you’re dealing with and keep your presentation tight and focused. When you see too many offshoots springing from your central topic, it’s time to home in on the most relevant points.

Distinguish between “need to know” and “nice to know.” When you’ve realized that your presentation is running long, it can be a headache trying to figure out where to cut the fat. When I face that issue, I take a close look at my mind map and categorize topics according to their importance. “Need to know” information is anything completely relevant to the topic at hand-concrete points that I should share with my audience. “Nice to know” information, meanwhile, includes things that are interesting and may be relevant but aren’t crucial. By marking your mind map accordingly, it becomes clearer which details can be weeded out. You can even begin a new mind map based on what’s left so you can sharpen your “need to know” presentation.

Next time you have a presentation to prepare for, consider creating a mind map. It really can make a huge difference in keeping you organized and on topic.

©2010 Professional Image Management

By Juanita Ecker

Better Wedding Presents With Photo Gift Wrap

People the world over spend countless hours searching for the perfect wedding gifts. While household supplies or cash are the most common gifts given to any bride and groom – the difficulty lies in trying to make YOUR present STAND OUT. The old saying “we eat with our eyes first” also rings true with gift giving.

Gift wrap is an often overlooked accessory of wedding presents. Thoughtful wrapping paper can make any couple forget that you just gave them a fourth set of silverware.

Photo wrapping paper solves many of the issues plaguing gift giving in the modern day. It shows thought, originality, and will be remembered for years to come.

Here’s how you can transform any gifts for your next wedding celebration.

1) Know the bride and groom. With many different styles and designs to choose from, you want to make sure that the couple is correctly represented. Find a wrap that reflects the personality of the bride and groom.

2) Decide the number of pictures you wish to use. You can upload a single picture repeated, multiple pictures, or no picture at all. Most photo wrapping paper styles are designed to accommodate one of these options. Once again, depending on the recipient, one style may be more appropriate.

3) Set the mood. Is this wrap going to make them laugh? Cry? Reminisce? Or will they say AWWW? It can be hard to choose, so making multiple designs for each gift is not a bad idea (* if you are giving more than one).

4) Pick out the perfect images of the couple to use on your gift wrap. Facebook is a great place to start looking. Flickr accounts work well too. If all else fails, contact a friend or family member of the couple to ask for help. Picking the right picture is one of the most important steps in making memorable photo gift wrap.

5) Create a list of all people you would like to give photo gift wrap to. If you have a friend or family member with a birthday, graduation, or another wedding coming up – make and order all your rolls in one shot. This should save you additional shipping costs and may also make the price per roll cheaper. (* this step is optional)

6) Find your wrap! You can visit a local printer or search online. (*Tip – birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a number of other categories often contain styles that can be personalized into wonderful wedding paper. Try not to limit yourself!)

7) Present your gifts to the happy and couple and be prepared for the following: Where did you get this? How did you do this? Why are you so smart, thoughtful, and perfect!?

8) Treat yourself with a massage for thinking of such a good idea – enjoy the festivities!

CR PRIMO- Luxury Coming Your Way!

Mumbai’s residential project, CR Primo is offering property purchasable in Bhandup West. CR Realty, headquartered in Mumbai, made an entry into the important estate business in 2013. A young and professionally managed organization, CR Realty will specialise in projects spanning across asset categories. Under its present growth plans, it plans to develop Grade A projects in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai. CR Realty runs functions on modern technological systems, contemporary management practices and employs knowledgeable teams with extensive functional experience across disciplines.

CR Realty is one among the leading developers within the Western Suburbs. It’s headquartered in Mumbai and was established in 2013. The corporate develops world-class projects in Bangalore and Mumbai. The group believes in providing world-class land solutions working in tandem with leading architects and designers. A few of its upcoming projects in Bangalore are The Hamlet, a luxury residential project in Sadashiv Nagar and therefore the giant sequoia , a multistoried residential development in Jayanagar. Vesta Villas, an exclusive villa development at Alibaug, near Mumbai and PRIMO, residential project in Bhandup, Mumbai.

The project Primo offers apartments with the right combination of up to date architecture and features to supply a cushty living. The project covers nearly 0.65 acres of land and has 60% of open space. It consists of two towers of 17 floors each. Primo comprises 131 units. Primo provides amenities like a clubhouse, swimming bath , kids pool, jogging track, amphitheater, jacuzzi, video door security, sewage treatment plant, garden, multi-game courts, gymnasium, meditation and yoga area, multipurpose hall, and lots of more.

Young families with children will love the youngsters Play Area, nearby aside from the swimming bath . The property has Fire Fighting Systems, Fire Protection And Fire Safety Requirements alongside being an Earthquake Resistant Structure. Bhandup West is well-connected to other parts of the city by road, which passes through the guts of this suburb. Prominent shopping malls, movie theatres, schools, and hospitals are present in proximity to this residential project. Own a range in CR Primo today!.