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!

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Right on track – Correct?

Well, if you’re like most people, you probably didn’t yell,
Absolutely on Track!”

Good News: It’s not too late to get on track to meet that goal, or goals.  There’s plenty of time, so don’t get discouraged.

Let’s take a look at what has to be done, and how a Mind Map might help.

  • The New Year’s Resolution (goal) must be in writing.
    A Mind Map, with pictures, if you’re a visual person, will better imprint the goals in your mind’s eye.  You’ll ‘see’ them!

    • If it’s not written down or on a Mind Map, and you’re not looking at it every day, it’s not a goal.  It’s only a thought, something you’d like to achieve.
      • It must be specific, not general.
        • I have two blogs.  One of my NYE goals is to Read More→
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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!

 

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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→

Start brainstorming with the ‘Rapidfire’ function
of the software you use for Mind Mapping.

Mind Map of New Product Introduction

Mind Map of New Product Introduction

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.

Mind Map morphed into an Organizational Chart

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.

Discover More!
There will be far more Ideas & Solutions
than you initially thought possible!Magnifying Glass

Mind Mapping, with someone knowledgeable about the theory and skilled with available software, will uncover more ideas and solutions to opportunities and challenges than any other method – Guaranteed!

This recently happened when Mind Mapping with a client on his new Financial Services business.

We started with a Mind Map of the four main products he offers his clients.  The next step was to map each of those products.  As we added graphics to the products, more and more things my client could offer came to mind.  The map grew and grew and we linked it to additional Mind Maps for more clarity.

We wound up with four additional maps linked to the original.

He’ll use these maps as templates in his work.

Bottom Line: He’ll do a better job for clients by visually showing ideas and solutions to their individual  and family needs.

David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done”, and a recognized expert on productivity equates

Mind Mapping with such life changing innovations as word processing and spreadsheet software.

That puts Mind Mapping in the category of things that have made a significant difference in productivity in, and out of, the workplace.

While Mind Mapping has been huge in Europe, it is only in recent years that it’s started finding its way into American businesses.

Our schools, especially elementary, have been using Mind Mapping and doing it with software.  This should increase the use of the Swiss Army Knife for the Brain!’

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Discover New Opportunities.
Manage and Eliminate Threats.

SWOT Analysis is a powerful technique for understanding your Strengths and Weaknesses, and for looking at the Opportunities and Threats you face.

SWOT

I use a Mind Mapping to achieve the maximum results.

What makes SWOT particularly powerful is that, with a little thought, it can help you uncover opportunities that you are well placed to exploit. And by understanding the weaknesses of your business, you can manage and eliminate threats that would otherwise catch you unawares.

More than this, by looking at yourself and your competitors using the SWOT framework, you can start to craft a strategy that helps you distinguish yourself from your competitors, so that you can compete successfully in your market.

(Explanation for SWOT credit: Mindtools: James Manktelow  & Amy Carlson)

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Jul
03

I ‘See’ what you mean!

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Because many people are visual, a Mind Map is a perfect way to let prospects, clients, students and others ‘see’ what you are selling, educating and relating.

Stand out from the Crowd Literally and figuratively, people can get the Big ‘Picture’.

If all those you are communicating with are ‘on the same page and see the same thing’, the chances for miscommunication are dramatically lessened.  This can save time, money and stress.

Even people who think they are not ‘visual’ learners will benefit from communication like this.  (They actually ‘see’ more than they think they do!)

Consider using a Mind Map to show others your message!

Jun
26

Mind Mapping Templates

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MM-UsesMind Mapping Templates
Mind Mapping software
allows you to make templates for many of the routine tasks you do; personal and professional.

Business Templates can be made for:
Sales Processes
Sales Products and Services
Policies and Procedures
Hiring and Training
Maintenance
Ordering and Processing
Delivery Process and Procedures

Personal Templates can be developed for:
Shopping Lists
Travel
To Do’s
Household Maintenance

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!



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