History of presentation
The need to communicate and share information between people exists from the moment they started populating the Earth. From that moment on, it became a priority to share and present information simply through talking or using images and symbols. A presentation is the process of visually presenting an idea, topic or proposal to an audience which can be an individual or a group of people.
It stands for a reason that presentations have been around us for a long time. However, the need and purpose of presentations today is fairly different from those in the past. Today, there are different kinds of presentations and all are used for walking an audience through a specific subject which can relate to professional, educational, personal or a general matter. And the art of presenting and public speaking is tightly connected to the competence and skills to present.
The first traces of presentation techniques and tools go back in 15,000 BC when people practiced cave painting. In the modern world, in the context of a presentation, the first association that comes on many people’s minds are the presentation slides created in PowerPoint - the program developed back in 1987.
Advantages and disadvantages of presentation slides
Presentation slides are normally composed as visual guides to complement and support one’s oral presentation. However, at the same time, they can have both advantages and disadvantages for the speaker.
On one hand, the popular presentation slides are regarded as practical and easily accessible. They provide the option for adding bullet points that reduce the complexity of the information. On the other hand, it seems that many find them time consuming as they require hours of reflecting which information to feature. In addition, most of the time presentation slides become amassed with information because the presenter can’t objectively decide what to feature on the presentation. This can cause the audience to lose their focus on the slides and pay no attention to the presentation itself.
Another big disadvantage of the presentation slides with which many speakers often struggle is the fact that the information isn’t displayed in one place but spread throughout different slides. Making a presentation with slides results in not having all the information at a glance. This means that if in the moment of presenting one was to unintentionally skip or forgot a certain information, later they would have to go back and look for it through the slides. This usually turns in a wasted effort to find something and creates a distressing situation for both the speaker and the audience.
As a consequence, it becomes necessary the need for an alternative tool – one that could offer the possibility for organizing and displaying all information in one place. A tool that at the same time will allow users to add and connect diverse elements, such as words, images, and symbols and compose more powerful and remarkable presentation.
Mind mapping as a presentation technique
When you think of a remarkable and compelling presentation, you surely think of a presenter which with his words and posture takes you on a journey. A great presentation should be engaging and should capture the audience’s attention. The presenter should know how to start, continue and finish its presentation and not to lose the audience’s interest along the way.
Well-prepared speakers mustn’t forget to use an appropriate technique for organizing, summarizing, and displaying information. Mind mapping is thought to be a suitable one for helping them deliver their best to an audience. Firstly it is intuitive as everyone can easily learn it without any prior knowledge or training.
Mind mapping helps both in brainstorming a presentation topic as it stimulates thoughts to freely flow and in organizing information that needs to be delivered to an audience. Whether it comes to preparing an educational or a business presentation, in both cases mind maps support structuring and grouping information in branches.
When presenting is in question, a mind map is focused on a specific central topic that acts as the main speech topic. The topic that needs to be presented or discussed is branched out in main and sub-topics which can be supported with notes. When organizing information within a mind map the speaker enjoys the benefit of having all important information at its fingerprints.
Outlining all information in one place is more memorable for the speaker as it is for the audience as well. As people have short attention spans, it is preferable that the speaker makes a presentation in which all information is displayed within a mind map with key points and short descriptions.
This is achievable with the mind mapping technique as it provides the possibility to organize and present information in one place and as logically connected thoughts. Mind maps are conveniently accessed, they stimulate productivity, organize thoughts and present ideas at a glance, so are an ideal solution for presenting and public speaking.
How can you make a remarkable presentation with iMindQ
It is characterized by a modern, dynamic, diverse and reliable interface which encourages users to release their inner creativity and make ideas and thoughts flow spontaneously. iMindQ offers an array of features that stimulate both creative and logical way of thinking. This is extremely advantageous for the users who need to present a specific topic in front of an audience. iMindQ makes mapping out information fun, creative and didactic at the same time – options that create a unique mapping experience.
Download this Business Plan mind map template and experience iMindQ's unique presentation mode.
iMindQ is a dynamic and intuitive mind mapping tool that supports brainstorming, planning, collaboration and presentation. By providing the user with the possibility to map out information, iMindQ contributes to people’s presentation skills and assists in giving an exceptional presentation.
These three are the vitally important benefits that iMindQ provides to users when presentation with a mind map is being discussed.
Present PowerPoint presentations with a mind map
Aside from being an alternative tool, iMindQ at the same time supports PowerPoint presentations. With it is possible for users to easily import their PowerPoint presentations and create a logical flow of them within a mind map.
When a complex presentation, rich with vivid images, shapes, tables and other content is composed, it is practical to use the option for importing PowerPoint presentations in which each slide is imported as an image. Even though with this feature for import, the user will not be able to edit the existing text in the already prepared PPT presentation, new ideas or information can be added as subtopics or new topics.
In addition, if a user wants to import a PowerPoint presentation into iMindQ and still be able to edit the existing text content, they can use the option for importing the content of each slide with all the images included or just with the prevalent image. The option to import the slide content with all images is useful when supplementary modifications of the presentation are necessary.
Present mind maps and diagrams
A feature for making automatic presentations for a predesigned mind map, concept map or a diagram with just one click is available in iMindQ.
Imported presentations presented with a balanced mind map, can be directly presented with the automatic one-click presentation of mind maps. The versatility of iMindQ allows users to present their custom-made mind maps in a unique, easy and fast way.
In the end, users can interactively present different parts of their mind maps, depending on the interaction and communication with the audience.
Make custom mind map presentations
A very important thing when making a presentation is that it must consist of elements that will be interesting and engaging for the audience. Indeed, the presenter needs to be prepared to have a remarkable start-pitch that will get people mesmerized, however the flow of presenting highly depends on the components featured in the presentation itself.
Mind map presentations are a method for stimulating greater engagement, feedback, and response from the audience. Particularly, if a custom presentation is made within a mind map, the chances for a successful presentation are higher.
In other words, speakers who make a mind map for presentation according to the specific subject they are presenting can leave a positive impact on its listeners. In presentation mode in iMindQ, a custom mind map presentation with animation is realizable. Users can additionally enjoy the benefit of opening hyperlinks and attachments in default applications without interrupting the flow of the custom-made presentation.