Have you ever written a speech? How should you prepare one? Learning to use a mind map for speech writing is one of the most effective ways that makes your presentation powerful.
Have any of these situations happened to you?
– I couldn’t even present half of the speech I had written.
– I wrote too unorganized that I couldn’t even read my own handwriting.
– I’m afraid they might not be the whole speech I wanted it to be.
In this educational article, I intend to show how mind-map works and how you can use it in your speech.
What is a mind map?
A mind map is one of the best learning ways. Its creator, Tony Buzan, has been using this method for more than 30 years all around the world.
In the following picture, you can see a sample of mind map, which has the main rules of drawing it:
How to use a mind map for speech writing?
To draw a mind map, you need to take three steps:
1- Main idea
First, you need to write the main subject that you want to present. Write it in the middle of a clean paper.
– write your main idea in the middle of a horizontal paper because you need the space for the branches. (we will say what branches are!)
– try to draw a relevant image next to your main idea in the middle of the page.
2- First branches
Draw some branches from the main circle. (like the picture below)
Now write the titles you want to talk about in your presentation — each topic on each branch. You can draw how many branches you need. It depends on you.
– The branches of your mind map must be clockwork.
– Draw each branch with one color
– You don’t have to draw more than seven branches. (it’s proven that more than seven points can’t be fixed correctly in mind)
3- The script
In this step, if you want to use a mind map for speech writing, you have to add all other content you have in mind to your mind map. The more creativity you have in writing the sub-branches, the more they stick in your mind.
– Notice that you write words in sub-branches, not sentences.
– The more you use different colors, the more effective your mind map will be.
Finally, every rule to use a mind map for speech writing is based on brain functions, and the more you go by these rules, the more useful it will be.
A sample of a speech with a mind map
Due to learning more, I have prepared a mind map sample about reading methods:
In this presentation, I intend to show you how to read correctly. I point out some essential matters that are necessary for your work, studying, and reading-time.
In the picture below, you can see the mind map of my speech.
Now you can add some details to each part and present it.
Is there a software needed to draw mind map?
It is the question most of my students ask me. Can we draw a handy mind map or do we have to use software?
The answer is that it depends on what you like. There is no difference between drawing a mind map with a software or a pen.
Sometimes, software decreases the speed of drawing a mind map or their creativity.
On the one hand, you use your hand and a pen, you can draw some relevant images besides the words, and it is more helpful. On the other hand, illustrating it with the help of your hand saves time.
For those who are interested in using software, I suggest you use:
The software I used in this article is iMindMap.
I hope you can have the best presentations using mind maps.