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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Step 2: Determining the main themes

In step 1 you created a foundation of knowledge and ideas that you can rework and refine in the next step to produce a functional manuscript for a lecture or talk.

To turn the content of step 1 into a structure suitable for delivering a lecture you now have to take other structural criteria into account, such as the dramatic aspects of the lecture and the nature of your target audience. You can do this by adapting the content of the Mind Map from step 1.

In light of the above, now think about the potential main branches of the new Mind-Map manuscript which present the main themes of your talk or lecture.

Figure 5-2 shows how this might look for my lecture on creativity.

Another possibility is to divide the Mind Map into rough structural units like introduction, main part and conclusion. This is shown in Figure 5-3.

Figure 5-2: Establishing the main themes.

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Figure 5-3: Example with an introduction, main part and conclusion plus initial aspects of creativity.

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