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Trained in the theory of Mind Mapping and skilled in using Mind Mapping software,
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I do a lot of Mind Mapping, and use it for a variety of tasks.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • To-Do Lists
  • Vacation Planning
  • Developing, Practicing and Delivering Presentations
  • Coaching Business Clients and a Host of Brain Related Activities

I have found the expression, “Two heads are better than one,” really does apply when using Mind Mapping for some, if not all tasks. The main reason for this is that you’re too close to your own work.  You are emotionally involved and it’s tough to stand back and ask yourself tough questions.  It’s hard to ask yourself new questions, also.

Here’s a personal story that illustrates this:
I was sitting at my computer one day and received an email from a good friend asking a question.  I can’t remember the question, but I knew the answer so I typed it into the email and clicked the “Send” icon.

Several minutes later, I received a one word response from him: “WOW!”

I looked at that for a moment and thought to myself, “What’s WOW?”  I typed that into the email and sent the question back to him.

Probably ten minutes later I received his answer, which had a profound effect on me.  It read:
“Sometimes you’re so close to your own knowledge base, that is so wide and so deep – You don’t know what you know!”

Think about that statement: “You don’t know what you know!”  It’s true for each and every one of us!

The fact is,
Your everyday could be someone else’s payday.”
“Your everyday could be someone else’s Ah Hah! moment.”

If you’re Mind Mapping alone, you probably won’t keep probing with questions to yourself like, “What else?” and statements such as “So what.”  Another person, if they’re trained to, will keep digging at you to literally and figuratively get everything on the same Mind Mapping page.  They’ll see qualities, good and not-so-good, in you that you can’t see looking in the mirror.

I always tell prospects and clients that if We Mind Map together, We will develop the maximum number of ideas and solutions to their opportunities and challenges.

What are you so close to that you don’t see?

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→


Mind Mapping Software

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Master Mind Mapper - Inspiration SoftwareThe software I use for Mind Mapping is Inspiration.

There are others available, but I find this meets and exceeds all my needs.

It is cross-platform, so mac and pc users can share files.

It’s very easy to customize to meet your specific needs.

There is a FREE Trial Available HERE.

If you wish to purchase Inspiration, the price is $75. Click on the Buy Now Button below.
Your invoice will have the name Fred Co. on it.


Contact me, please, for:

  • Larger quantities
  • Templates
  • Training and consulting.

Here is a list, with links, to other Mind Mapping software.  All offer FREE Trials.

Fred E. Miller

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A Word Cloud is a neat way to look at Mind Mapping!

This visual, showing some of the many use of Mind Mapping, was made with Wordle. Try it!

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Mind Mapping can be used for so many different individual, group, and company projects, that the list is virtually endless.

That’s one reason it’s called the “Swiss Army Knife for the Brain!”

Mind Mapping software takes it to a higher level because of its flexibility in terms of design, editing, and exporting.

Below are just a few of the things Mind Mapping can help find the most ideas and solutions for.

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FAQS About Mind Mapping

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QuestionsIf you don’t see your question,
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  • Is there one best way to do Mind Mapping?
    • The purists of this tool follow Tony Buzan, the originator of Mind Mapping.
      • He layed down very specifc rules about how it should be done.
    • Since Mind Mapping is usually a very personal thing and often used only by the person doing the Mind Mapping, I suggest modifying the rules to meet your own specific needs.  This is what I have done.
  • What can Mind Mapping be used for?
    • Lots of things!
      • Problem Solving • Decision Making • Strategic Planning • Process Development • Writing a Speech/Book/Article • Delivering a Speech • Planning a Trip • Making a Sales Template
  • How come I never heard of Mind Mapping?
    • Good Question!
      • It originated in the 1970s in England and is very prevalent in other countries.
      • Good News!  It is being taught in many elementary schools in the U.S. now!
        • More companies and individuals are being introduced to the benefits Mind Mapping offers through seminar and practitioners like me.
  • Why use software?  What’s wrong with just using paper and pencil?
    • Nothing is wrong with doing it that way.
    • One of the nice things about using software is that editing and updating are always easy to do.
      The maps can be linked to URLs, documents and other Mind Maps.
    • This can be an extremely helpful feature for discovering and documenting the subject being Mind Mapped.
    • Mind Maps can go ‘layers deep’ and can hide notes not needed in the ‘big picture’, but helpful for a more detailed explanation.
    • Maps, and the diagrams they also produce, can be converted to Word or PDFs and emailed to others.
    • Graphics, which add to the value of a map, are part of many Mind Mapping software programs.  Additionally, custom graphics can be imported.
    • There are also a number of software Mind Mapping programs that are web based.  This can make collaboration and project management easier.

    Why use software do you recommend?

    • I use a Mac, so when I started Mind Mapping my choices were limited.  Luckily, I found Inspiration, a software program that is cross platform and has many features that fit my needs.
    • My suggestion for software is to Google ‘Mind Mapping Software’.  Most vendors provide a 30 day free trial.  during that period you can evaluate the different features and benefits each offer.
    • Chuck Frey’s Mind Mapping Software Blog provides reviews and links to all major products.  His reviews are very helpful, plus he has authored several e-books on the subject of Mind Mapping.
    • You might want to take advantage of his newsletter, also.
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