Archive for February 2019

How to give a great talk without PowerPoint

Have you noticed that your eyes often glaze over and your mind wanders as someone gets up in front of your business meeting with another deck of typical bullet pointed slides? How can you avoid being the next boring speaker?

If you pride yourself on your analytical thinking you have a double whammy because your business associates, your audience, most likely wants you to be short and to the point. Get to the conclusion. Keep the data charts out. Executive summary please!

If you would like to know how to be the most appreciated speaker at your next meeting by using mind mapping instead of graphs and bullet points, let me know. I’ll teach you how. To get started you can watch my TedX talk

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

As many of you who have been following me for a while know, I am an enthusiastic supporter of mind mapping.  It was even the subject of my TEDx talk:  The subject creeps or completely invades most of my seminars on any topic, and I consistently encourage parents to teach their children how to use mind mapping to study more successfully for tests.

Ask me a question about mind mapping and be prepared for my enthusiastic responses.

One question I get asked repeatedly is for a recommendation about an online program.  I recommend anyone new to mind mapping to buy a pad of unlined paper, newsprint is fine, and use it to take notes at meetings and to make a diagram of a talk or explanation they will be making.  Learning to mind map by hand first will give you skills that will help you use a computer program effectively later.  

There are many online programs and you may want to experiment.  I just found out about a new one for me, “mind map online”.  Please let me know what you think of this one?

Which is More Important? Creativity or the Ability to Inspire

We can find research to support which ever side of an argument you need. Is that hard to believe? Here is an example.
I do seminars on creativity and powerbrainstorming (™) so this research supports its importance: “according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE) State of Create global benchmark study. The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential.”

80% say creativity is most important.

But another study by IBM of 1700 CEOs by AMA of 50,000 leaders proved’ 80% say the ability to inspire (which I also teach and do seminars about) is the most important trait for leaders and teams.

So here is a take-away, both are important and you will get different statistics depending on how you ask the questions.