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!

Outline vs. Mind Map
Question: What’s wrong with just doing an outline when working on a project?

Answer: The problem with outlines is that you’re trying to organize thoughts before you develop them.

Our brains don’t think that way.

Test this:
Take a piece of paper and write ‘Project’ at the top.

You pick the project – anything that requires thought and planning.

Examples: Trip, remodel, new product or way to distribute, marketing plan, etc.

Do this as you were taught in school; i.e. Roman Numbers, Capital Letters, Numbers, etc. (I, A, 1. a)

The odds are, that when you get somewhere around III c, you realize that item should be II b (or something like that).

Here, as stated above, we don’t think in linear fashion.

The beauty of Mind Mapping is that we map our main topic (project in this case) then radiating from the center, place all the things that need to be included in this project.

Those topics will have sub-topics, and they can start being mapped at this time.

Adding pictures, symbols and colors to the Mind Map will increase the ideas and solutions.

Only after you’ve put down as many topics and sub-topics as you can think of (and there willbe more!), do you go back and review, edit and prioritize your Mind Mapped project.

One of the nice features of most Mind Mapping software is that you can push a button and convert your map into a diagram (if that’s the way you prefer to use it.)

Some even let you export to Word where you can have the Mind Map and the outline.

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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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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!

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!

webspiration

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!

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Graphics
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a ‘visual’ person, a picture is still, as they say, ‘worth a 1000 words’.

The odds are you are more visual than you think.

For instance, if I say the word “Apple”, in your mind’s eye you don’t see, the letters a-p-p-l-e.

You see a round, reddish item, maybe with a stem coming out of the top.

If you thought about it further, other senses would probably kick in: you’d smell the apple as it were being cut or eaten, you’d feel it’s texture, you’d sense the difference between the skin and the meat and the core with its seeds.

You may even be lead to a childhood memory of smelling, then tasting a freshly baked apple pie!

We think by association. The more senses we can bring into our Mind Maps, the more ideas and solutions will result.

So even you linear thinking engineer types might benefit from placing a graphic or two in your Mind Maps!

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Consultants
If you’re a consultant, with on-going client projects, Mind Mapping can be a great addition to your tool box.

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

Mind Mapping a Speech

Basic Speech Template / Click to Enlarge

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!

For more on Developing, Practicing and Delivering a Speech, with “No Sweat!” go to
No Sweat Public Speaking!”


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.

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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.



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