The Ultimate Vanity

Would that be to subject an audience to a presentation done in one’s own handwriting?

Last week I found myself having to be in two places at once. I couldn’t do that of course so I fired up Camtasia Studio and opened my presentation MindMap that I had prepared in MindManager. I walked through the map recording my comments and adding branches and diagrams as I went along. Knowing that this was going to be presented to a live audience, I paused several times- asking for participant discussion.

I didn’t have a lot of time to do this so  I basically did it in a single pass, much as I would have done if I had been able to do the presentation live.

The presentation was scheduled to run for an hour, and it took very little more than that to record, render and upload it to a server. Because of a limitation in Flash (maximum frame count)  I had to split the presentation into a four sections. The whole process was done in a couple of hours. It would have taken far more time if I had travelled and done the presentation live.

The organizers played the presentation for the live audience. They also took notes during the discussions that arose during the planned pauses.  I have since taken those notes and added them to the MindMap and republished it.

I have had several messages from individual participants telling me that they really enjoyed the presentation and that the combination of voice and ink made seem that I was there with them.

My MindMaps always start out in ink so when I pulled out my outline it was in ink. There was very little time to get all of this done so I didn’t give a lot of thought to converting the MindMap to text. In the end, it was better that I didn’t. I am still getting positive messages from people where were there.
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