Can you present confidently to an audience without notes?
Do you need to present effectively in front of a camera with a conversational style? Would you like to quickly construct audio recordings like podcasts for example?
Do you need to reduce the time it takes to prepare and learn a new speech or present a new workshop?
This short course shows you how to plan a talk, lecture, podcast or webinar in record time (what we call SMART SPEAKING). It also shows how to deliver any presentation without reading from a word-for-word script or without reading from slides or flashcards.
The course shows you how to massively reduce your preparation time, overcome writers block, and if necessary memorise your talk, all using one simple technique on a single sheet of paper.
In the course you'll be following a case study where the author takes you step by step through an easy-to-use and effective process to plan, rehearse and deliver a lecture. Plus there are two short projects that give you an opportunity to put your learning into practice.
In this lecture Barry Mapp tells us how most people use one of two ways to prepare a course or lecture and very few consider using mind mapping for this task. Mind Mapping can be a great time saver and will help you deliver a lecture in an engaging and conversational style. Mind Mapping was originally devised as a memory tool, so once you've got your lecture as a mind map, it becomes quite easy to memorise it.
What techniques do most people use for planning and delivering their lectures? In this video we follow a discussion thread in Udemy Studio to find out what both instructors and students think about scripts and using a teleprompter.
This very short lecture is to help you appreciate and navigate this section
This lecture shows how a lecture can be planned out using Mind Mapping. It also shows how the mind map helps you talk through and explore the topic. In this process, you're interrogating yourself about what you (already) know and you're also discovering where there are gaps in your knowledge.
Having completed the basic plan for the lecture, the next step is to go through the map again, starting to create a conversation about the topic, and also adding more material if necessary to the map. Each time you do this basic 'review and add' process you are also helping to commit the content to memory
Now the lecture 'map' is (almost) complete you can start to to use the map to actually rehearse your talk. The first time you do this is a good time to add colour to your mind map. Colour helps group together each part of the map, and makes the content standout from the background. Colour also draws your eye into the map and helps to focus everything around the lecture topic (keeping you on task). A black and white copy of the mind map can be downloaded from resources if you'd like to colour in and do the review yourself.
If you wish to memorise the lecture content then you'll need to do one or two further reviews (see the paper on memory in the resources section). As you may not wish to actually memorise my mind map, you can leave this lecture out if you wish. The lecture shows me doing a further review to lock the talk into memory. You'll also notice how I start to add information into the talk that isn't actually on the map itself. This is the power of the mind map. It gets your speaking juices going!
Also in the resources tab there are articles available to download. One is a combined article on memory and study and one is an article about keyword selection for mind maps
See how easy it is to plan a short lecture - in this case you'll be talking about a simple model (GROW) used by many coaches. You are provided with some internet resources on the GROW coaching method and a mind map template. Choose one of the resources available and then use that content to map a talk. Use the resource material to add keyword detail to the mind map template, refine it, practise reading. If you like you can make an audio recording with you talking on the topic
A summary of what has been achieved so far. You also now need to decide whether it is appropriate for you to move on and start section 3.
Your task is to put what you have learnt during the course into practice. See if you can deliver my coaching lecture, first as an audio recording and then as a talking head in front of a camera. Basically you'll be comparing and contrasting 'coaching' in your own words not mine, but you'll be using my framework. Don't expect to be perfect, as this will be the first time you've used a mind map in this way. Remember that practice makes permanent.
As an experienced mind mapper you won't need to use the mind map template and you can be more creative than simply delivering my coaching lecture. So your task is to mind map something that is of interest to you around which you could build a lecture. Plan it using a mind map and then use the same map to refine, rehearse and then deliver the lecture and make either an audio or a video recording of it.
This short lecture looks at the scenario where you find you can plan and rehearse a talk OK (using the mind mapping technique) but you find it difficult to present the talk to camera unless you have a complete word-for-word script
When I run a Speaking Skills Workshop I get the participants to plan, rehearse and deliver short talks over the course of the day. The first talk they deliver is a baseline - it shows me what they are good at and what could be improved. I then coach the whole group introducing relevant models and practises to help them improve. They then seek to integrate these tips into their own talks by planning a new talk, rehearsing and delivering it to camera. We then work on further tips to help them improve and towards the end of the day they plan, rehearse and deliver a final presentation. At this stage of the workshop, I offer to do the same. So I get them to agree a topic for me and under exactly the same conditions I set for them, I also get to deliver a short talk to camera.
I recently ran three consecutive workshops over three days for a Company in London (UK). So I planned, rehearsed and delivered three talks (each occasion with 10 minutes to plan, 10 mins to rehearse and (up to)10 minutes to talk. Here is the first of the three talks.
This was the talk I prepared and delivered during the second Speaking Skills Workshop
This was the talk I prepared and delivered during the third Speaking Skills Workshop
This lecture reviews the course and suggests some possible next steps
I'm a speaker, trainer, and personal development coach based in the UK with a special interest in the brain, accelerated learning and people development. My present focus is developing high quality, simple, innovative, life-skills based, video e-learning courses. I now have over 16,000 students in more than 150 countries - this is the reach and power of e-learning.
My 'MIND MAPPING - SMART WORKING' Course is currently the NUMBER ONE Personal Development course in the mind mapping niche, with more than twice the number of enrollments and ten times the number of four and five-star reviews compared to the next most popular course. A course that's genuinely worth paying that little bit extra for.
A bit of background information about me:
I've worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK, and also in the corporate and SME sector, working with students, teachers, apprentices, managers and leaders. My background is actually in clinical science where I ran an NHS Clinical Biochemistry Department in a District General Hospital and I was also a Quality Consultant to my local hospitals and local Health Authority. I also have an active interest in Health and Healing.
Back in 1996, after training in 'mental literacy' with Tony Buzan (the inventor of Mind Mapping), I set up my own training company the House of Learning. A year later, I put some of my new skills to the test and competed in the World Memory and the World Speed Reading Championships (silver medal position in the latter). Altogether, I have 20 years experience working in the personal development sector and in the field of business leadership. I am also a teacher and practitioner of Reiki and I have a Udemy course about the 'Science of Healing'
'Mind' Mapping - Smart Working - Creating Effective Mind Maps' was my first course in this marketplace and I now also have a 'Smart Learning' and a 'Smart Speaking' course. Many of my students have English as a second language. I have launched three new courses in 2017 and there are two more courses on the way for Summer - then I'll take a breather I think!