Example of a mind mapped presentation

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The Mind Map on page 258 forms the basis of a presentation on the predictions of John Naisbitt, the futurist. The central image is a picture of Naisbitt and the arrow from the top of his head represents his vision of the future, from 1990 to the year 2000. The ten numbered branches correspond to the ten major areas of change predicted by Naisbitt over this time span.

In summary, Naisbitt predicts that the economy will become information-based and global; that the world will experience another renaissance in the arts, literature and spirituality; that the major cities will decline as centres of commerce; that socialism in the form of state welfare will disappear; that English will become the global language; that the media will become electronic, interlinked and global; that the major business area will shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific Rim; that politics will become individual and entrepreneurial; that growth in all areas will be seen as infinite; and that trade will be free. As a result of these changes, the overall trend will be towards a general lessening of war and conflict. All these changes can be seen in the context of Naisbitt's first set of megatrends, shown in the box in the top left-hand area of the Mind Map.

This Mind Map forms the basis of a discussion, lasting from a day to a week, of the future of the planet. It was made by Tony Buzan, using the techniques described in Chapters 14, 16 and 24, during a two-day seminar held in

Stockholm in 1987. At this seminar John Naisbitt presented his ideas to a group consisting of government, business, professional and educational leaders.

The second Mind Map (page 259 top) was prepared by Tony Buzan, Dean of the Young Presidents' Organisation Faculty, as a welcoming speech given to an international body of professors and dignitaries (who were lecturing aboard the QE2). The Mind Map served as both the basis for the opening speech and also as a review for the participating Faculty.

The third Mind Map (page 259 bottom) is by Raymond Keene, OBE, Grandmaster in Chess, Chess Correspondent for The Times and Spectator, and the most prolific author on chess and thinking in the history of the field. The Mind Map was in preparation for a lecture Raymond Keene gave in Spanish on Spanish TV (Television España for the programme En Jaque). The Mind Map was on the great sixteenth century Spanish chess player and writer Ruy Lopez and the intellectual and political influences of his time. As Keene says:

'The virtue of a Mind Map when preparing a speech or writing an article is two-fold: the writer is constantly stimulated by the branching trees of ideas to new and more daring thoughts; while at the same time the key words and images ensure that in the verbiage of speaking and writing, no major point is overlooked.

The Mind Map is particularly useful in this context. Without turning or shuffling any pages, it is possible to inform the audience in advance about the structure and key points. Because you are always operating from one sheet, you can tell your audience what you plan to say, you can say it with confidence and then you can recap to demonstrate you have proved your point. With linear notes, the danger is ending simply where the notes stop, in essence a random moment, often determined by chronology rather than meaning.

Assuming that the lecturer has complete command of his or her subject, the key words act as a catalyst for enthusiasm and ex tempore ideas instead of a dry recitation of facts often determined by dates (i. e. lecture starts at the beginning of subject's life and finishes at the end) rather than significant content. If the lecturer does not have perfect grasp of the subject, linear notes simply make it worse. Whether writing an article or giving a verbal lecture, the Mind Map acts like a steering wheel to navigate through the main oceans of the presentation.'

It is worth noting that Keene wrote this as part of an article for The Times', and it was based on the Mind Map he used for his presentation on Spanish Television.

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Mind Map Naisbitt Megatrends

Mind Map by Tony Buzan of a two-day lecture!400 page book by John Naisbitt (see pages 256—7).

Tony Buzan Mind Map

Mind Map by Tony Buzan for welcoming speech (see page 257).

Mindmap Ruy Lopez

Mind Map by Raymond Keene OBE in preparation for a lecture given on Spanish television

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  • Francesca
    How to "recall pattern notes"?
    7 years ago

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