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Lesson 6. Gather Your Evidence > Choose Three Supporting Ideas - Pg. 25

Gather Your Evidence 4. Write a brief description of each idea on a line that radiates out from the circle. 25 Don't discard any idea; include everything that comes to mind. Your paper will look something like a spider's web. Now go back and examine all the ideas that are in front of you. Some may seem irrelevant or trivial and can easily be eliminated. Others may seem related to each other and can be grouped together. Finally, you should have several important ideas that support your central message. These will become your primary pieces of evidence. Mind-mapping is a process of brainstorming ideas related to your central message and graphically displaying them so you can decide which ones are relevant and important. Don't regard the mind-mapping process as final. Think of yourself as an explorer. While putting together your presentation, you may uncover another key idea that should be included. Add it to your talk, like a new river being drawn on an explorer's map. Plain English Choose Three Supporting Ideas Presenters often wonder how many supporting ideas they should include in a presentation. Another way to look at this question is to ask yourself: How much can my listeners remember? Perhaps you're planning to include handouts in your presentation, so you decide that it's safe to present a great amount of material because the audience can always review the handouts later. Don't kid yourself. Most people may never look at those handouts again. It's best to operate as if the only information your listeners are likely to remember is what you say.