Need to make a speech?…Use a mindmap!

Dear Mindmapping Graduate

Do you ever have to make speeches?  Mindmaps beat palm cards hands down because all you need is one!

I thought I would share with you a speech I gave recently at the opening of my first solo exhibition “La Serenissima” at Mamma Mia India, North Bondi.  This is my mindmap of it and yes I do actually “walk the talk”. I confess: as you will see, I do break the mindmapping rules at times and don’t always keep it to key words but hey, we all get a bit nervous with speeches!

Speech given at first solo exhibition  "La Serenissima" at Mamma Mia India by Marion Langford


A tip, in preparing speeches, I tend to have a loose map in my head that I just play around with some ideas, some brain blooms on various possible branches and I may just do a quick mindmap draft.  Rather than sitting at my desk trying to force the final speech though, I will then allow some time and space for these ideas to work together.

In the case of this speech, I went for a jog in the morning of the exhibition opening and it was one of those gorgeous Autumn days we have been having in Sydney. During the run I realised that the morning reminded me exactly of the weather I experienced when I was in Italy and in particular Venice (commonly known as “La Serenissima” in Italy).  As I was running, I was thinking about the cool mornings opening out into beautiful sunny days and I could then see the link between my two favourite cities and how each had inspired me.  What I endeavoured to capture in the paintings for this exhibition was that glow in the day and the feeling of warmth.

Not only was this exhibition special being my first solo as an artist, however it was held at the newly opened Mamma Mia India, a café/wine bar/emporium, at 38 Wairoa Avenue, North Bondi, owned and created by Judith Maher, who had been one of my coaching clients and is now a dear friend.  Sharing a love of Italy, the exhibition was a first for us both and there were many connections in the evening.  Do call in to Mamma Mia India for a great coffee and say Hi!

So in writing a speech… play with ideas, allow yourself some time and space for it to formulate, do a loose mindmap draft, create the links, share the stories and if you need a few additional words in there (not just key ones) that’s okay…and just enjoy delivering your creation!

Speaking of creations, it’s not too late to visit my current exhibition “For the love of Italy” at Yuga Café & Gallery, 172 St Johns Road, Glebe.  Exhibition runs until 18 May and there is also a special Italian theme dinner on Friday 17 May.  For details call Setsuko or Ben at Yuga on 9692 8604.  Come along and enjoy the Italian food, wine and yes the art!  Hope to see you there…

And remember, when it comes to speeches…you don’t need a stack of palm cards, just one: one with a mindmap!

Happy mindmapping and speechmaking!



Anywhere, any time…Mindmaps can help!

Dear Mindmapping Graduate

Any where, any time…Mindmaps can help!  This is one example of a quick Mindmap that helped me.

On the way to the Blue Mountains on Easter Sunday to go bushwalking, I reached for my iPhone and created the following Mindmap (it’s okay my husband was driving!).  With my first solo art exhibition about to open, there were a of number things I needed “to do” and rather than trying to keep remembering these in my head (with the very real potential of forgetting them), I took some time between “Harbord” and Homebush to capture all the things I needed to do.  Here’s what I came up with…

Mindmap created on iPhone by Marion Langford while passenger in car

Mindmap created on iPhone by Marion Langford while passenger in car

It was easy to then synchronise between my iPhone and my iPad later to view.  I love the way the branches reflect the roads!  Will definitely remember this moment in Mindmapping!  And I am happy to say, all items done, and exhibition opened, today Tuesday, 9 April.

For more details of my exhibition, in case you can make it along, either visit my art website at or “Like” on Facebook at  (Also newly on Facebook, CreativeConceptsandCoaching.)

A small Mindmap captured on an iPhone provided peace of mind so I could just enjoy our bushwalk.  So remember…anywhere, any time Mindmaps can help!

Happy Mindmapping,