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You have a looming speech ahead and no idea where to begin. Commencing work on a new presentation usually means lots of ideas spinning in your head and not knowing how to sort them.

The solution is a speech map. It’s a simple mind map (yes, really drawn on a physical piece of paper), on which you outline your talk. The speech map (or speech diagram) shows your ideas linked to and arranged radially around your central key topic. Drawing the map makes your ideas graphic, prioritizes your thoughts and shows connections between information. So, basically, you ‘sort your brain’.

Here is the danibu speech map template you can use for the preparation of your next public speech. Simply edit it by changing and including the topics that you are going to deliver:

1. Crystallize the subject of attention in a central theme. This is your headline
2. Define – ideally 3 – key points, radiating as branches from your headline
3. Add another level of 3 supporting points (details) from your key points

Find now – read later. In the meantime: Just put it in Pocket.

I love it – especially before leaving on vacation. I simply save any “googled” article, video or pretty much any web page directly from the browser (or from apps like Twitter) to pocket’s remote servers for later offline reading at my own convenience: If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer. You don’t even need an Internet connection. Enjoy reading or watching – wherever you are on business or leisure travel!

“Where can I get good, free stock photos to strengthen my presentation or campaign with strong imagery?” I get this question all the time …

Well, when it comes to sourcing great visuals, be aware of potential copyright infringement and don’t just pick from internet without consideration about who owns the photo rights.

Apart from doing your own photo shoot (which I do a lot for danibu purposes), there are a variety of websites with great, free quality imagery. I always pull out these two:

PEXELS and UNSPLASH.

Both websites help beefing up your next presentation, website or social media channels, so it’s really worth checking them out and saving them in your favorites. My tip is to improve your presentations visually, but to see images as an investment: Be creative and surprising: Google image and clipart are a no go!

Are you sometimes fed up with files too large to email? Are you in need to convert files into small-size pdfs? Then SmallPDF is the solution. I use it a lot. It’s super useful, and free!

Basically, it’s an online pdf compressor with which you can reduce the size of your documents and images and still maintain good quality.

You visit a website, click to download a file and end up waiting endlessly because the online document unnecessarily packs a huge amount of bytes. Or, you want to email a document and get stuck because your attachment exceeds 10 MB.

The solution is: Compressing the documents and files using an awesome free online tool I discovered lately: WeCompress.

I also use a similar application – SmallPDF, see respective blog item on this page -, but it’s good to have an alternative great option.

WeCompress compresses all sorts of documents: PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint, MS office docs or image files (PNG and JPEG). Using WeCompress is a breeze – all you have to do is check the WeCompress website, click the Add File button and it will instantly optimize the file. After a few seconds of compression, you will be shown a Download button so that you can download the compressed file. Along with this download link, it also shows how much the file has been compressed. Voilà!