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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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.

Mind Map of a Dream Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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→

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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Use More Visuals!
In all modes of communication; verbal, written of visual, our goal is for the recipient(s) is the same. We want them, as quickly as possible, to “Get It!” .

And in this fast moving world where “Instant” isn’t quick enougn, the quicker they “Get It!”, the better.

The person(s) you’re communicating with may not agree with everything you present.

In fact, they may not agree with anything you present.

But unless they “Get It!”, a meaningful conversation can’t proceed.

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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!

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.

Jun
12

Mind Mapping a Speech

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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!”

Uses of Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping has many uses, both business and personal. Some of the things I’ve used Mind Maps for personally are:

  • Shopping
  • To-Do Lists
  • Trip Planning
  • Household Projects
  • Vacations
  • Home Inventory


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