Working with someone:
Trained in the theory of Mind Mapping and skilled in using Mind Mapping software,
will produce the Maximum Number of Ideas & Solutions to challenges and opportunities -
Guaranteed!

Archive for January, 2010

I understand.
Don’t Give Up on Mind Mapping!

Unless you develop your own, participate in making one,Master Mind Mapper - Fred Miller
or watch one being developed, it does seem confusing.

One of the great things about Mind Mapping is that each person can develop their own style.

Often, the person developing the Mind Map is going to be the only person using it.  It may not be something that is going to be presented to others.  (Ever take notes when you were in school?  Could anyone who borrowed them decipher and benefit from them?)

I learned this the hard way.  I was giving a presentation at a sales lead group. Before starting I handed out a Mind Map of what I was going to cover.  For some of the attendees, they were thoroughly confused from the get-go.

I had done several things wrong. Read More→

The Name has Been Changed,
But this Case Study Shows Mind Mapping Works!

I won’t reveal the client’s name, but a real life example of the benefits of Mind Mapping with a professional, knowledgeable of the theory and skilled with Mind Mapping software, is worth a post.

George’s Tech Business – What We Do! / Click to Enlarge!

George:Jack of All Tech
One of the first things I always ask business clients is, “Tell me something about your company.”

This request, and followup questions, remind them, and give me, the ‘view from the sky’.  The history of the business and the industry help clarify the current state of the business.

Another important question I ask is, “Tell me something about yourself.”  I want to know a little about them personally: family, education, work experience and goals.

After learning more about George, the first Mind Map we made was of all the things George offers clients. In this case products and services included: printer repair, phone installation, closed circuit television, software customization, computer networking, etc.

The next step was to prioritize the map two ways; Read More→

Put those Kids (Great Ideas) with their Parents!

 

CLICK to Enlarge!

Group your ideas by placing them into ‘Parent’ categories.

One of the great things about Mind Mapping with software is that it is very easy to ‘Pop’ – ‘Pop’ – ‘Pop’ ideas related to your central (main) subject.

One of the downsides of this activity is that it sometimes so many ideas get onto the map that it can seem, at first, overwhelming.

That’s OK, because generating lots and lots of ideas and solutions, to opportunities and challenges, is one of the prime reasons to use Mind Mapping software.

The next step, and solution to being overwhelmed with ideas, is to group them into categories, or ‘Parent Boxes’.

As an example, I am writing and book about Public Speaking.  Mind Mapping ideas on marketing that go beyond just writing the book and ‘putting it out there’ is one of my goals.

Above is an example of what I’ve come up with.

There’s a lot of stuff here, and kind of hard to follow and prioritize.

However, there are two distinct themes emerging: On-Line and Off-Line.  Look at how they line up now. Read More→

Too Many Ideas? Mind Map those Ideas!

Ever have so many things flying around in your brain that you feel over-whelmed and don’t know where to begin?

Ever start listing them and trying to prioritize the list so you do the most important thing first, next most important thing second, etc?

Try Mind Mapping those ideas.  Literally and physically you can get them all on one page.  Having the ‘view from the air’ will help you see relationships and prioritize all those things that were spinning around in your brain.

One way to work on all this ‘brain stuff’ is to start with ‘Ideas‘ in the middle of your computer screen.  (I’m assuming you’re using Mind Mapping software  for this, because it makes the process immensely easier.) Use your ‘rapid fire’ function and start ‘popping’ all those ideas onto your screen using the ‘Ideas’ Central Image as your starting point.

Once you’ve got, for the moment, those ideas radiating from the center, you can start prioritizing them.  I start at 12:00 and Read More→



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