Archive for Mind Mapping Software
Achieve those Dreams!
One cool use of Mind Mapping is the Development of your Dream Board.
A Dream Board can be considered a visual representation of goals. Often people will get a large sheet of poster board and paste pictures from magazines and other sources that represent goals. Mind Mapping software makes this activity really easy.
“Seeing is Believing” and seeing those objects of our desire embeds the impression in our sub-conscious and, with repeated exposure to the Dream Board, increases the odds we’ll “see” ourselves reaching those goals.
The objects don’t have to represent material goals. In the Dream Board below, I’ve included volunteer work, giving, and spiritual objectives.
A good friend mentioned Vision Board, another term for Dream Board, to me recently.
That reminded me of one I’d done a few years ago. I found it and posted it here. Read More→
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→
Start brainstorming with the ‘Rapidfire’ function
of the software you use for Mind Mapping.
My software of choice is Inspiration, but other brands have the similar ability to rapidly
Pop – Pop – Pop ideas onto a Mind Map.
This procedure, especially when done with someone knowledgeable of the theory and skilled in the use of mind mapping software, will produce the maximum number of ideas and solutions to challenges and opportunities.
Mind Mapping produces the ideas and solutions, but sometimes an organizational chart better conveys the results.
Unless your are involved in the development of a mind map from the beginning, it can at times, be an overwhelming thing to look at. It may even be too much, too quickly and confuse the person.
If you’re from the corporate world, org charts might have been part of your life. If not, they can still be something, when looked at, immediately convey the hierarchy of thoughts, ideas, and positions.
The ‘Org Chart’ will keep all the links and ‘layers’ that were developed within the original Mind Map. This is important, because so many of the details of those ideas and solutions will be in linked documents, websites, and even additional mind maps.
Business Templates can be made for:
Sales Products and Services
Policies and Procedures
Hiring and Training
Ordering and Processing
Delivery Process and Procedures
Personal Templates can be developed for:
Once you have a template, it’s relatively easy to update and customize it for the current need.
As always, Mind Mapping can be a tremendous productivity tool!
My Mind Mapping software of choice has always been Inspiration.
It’s the product I started with, and while I’ve looked at others, this one fits my needs extremely well.
They now have upgraded their ‘cloud’ program, webspiration.
One of the really cool things this offers is the ability to collaborate on line. This is HUGE!
It is one of the best ways to literally illustrate the present situation, and all options, to the client.
Each option, and everything associated with it in terms of: human capital, time, materials, money, etc. and possible outcomes, can easily be explored.
Since everything is displayed on one screen (or sheet of paper), missing important ideas and solutions is less likely.
Because the only constant is change, the client mind map can, and should be, regularly revisited.
New market conditions, product developments, competitive activities, personnel changes, and everything else that might necessitate ‘adjusting the rudder’ can be added to the original mind map.
If the consultant isn’t familiar with mind mapping and available software, a good option would to bring in someone trained, experienced and proficient with mind mapping theory and current technology.
Mind Mapping a Speech
A Mind Map is the perfect tool for developing, practicing and delivering a speech.
Here is a Mind Map of a basic speech.
When it’s available as a template in a software package, as this one is, it’s
easy to ‘fill in the blanks’, edit, and update.
It can be ‘customized’ with graphics, colors, key words and other things that will remind the speaker of their message.
Instead of having your speech on notecards or key words highlighted on several pieces
of paper, your entire speech can be on
one sheet of paper!
It is then very easy to see the components of your speech, making delivery far easier and effective than merely looking at w-o-r-d-s!
Each Mind Mapping software product has their own features and benefits.
One of the features I particularly like is the ability to Export to Word.
I use Inspiration software and, by clicking a button, the graphic mind map and the diagrammed text is placed into a Word document.
Once the map and text is in Word, you can edit the content; adding verbiage and moving around text.
It’s great to be working with a client, and let them know, up front, that when you’re finished Mind Mapping their strategic plan, new product introduction, or any other brain activity, you’ll be able to send them a copy.
The mind map can also be emailed as a PDF and, if they have the same software program you’re using, it can be sent as a file.
Since most mind maps are somewhat organic and subject to change as real life challenges and opportunities are, this ability to constantly revisit and update is a very positive feature of Mind Mapping software.
This slideshow is a short, step by step guide to Mind Mapping.