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Basics of Mind Mapping for Business

and Beyond

November 10, 2009

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Agenda

a) Visual thinking

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Agenda

a) Visual thinking
b) How can mind maps help you

Copyright 2009 Shelley-Ann J. West


Agenda

a) Visual thinking
b) How can mind maps help you
c) How to create a mind map

Copyright 2009 Shelley-Ann J. West


Agenda

a) Visual thinking
b) How can mind maps help you
c) How to create a mind map
d) Mind maps in Business

Copyright 2009 Shelley-Ann J. West


Agenda

a) Visual thinking
b) How can mind maps help you
c) How to create a mind map
d) Mind maps in Business
e) Mind maps in Personal Life

Copyright 2009 Shelley-Ann J. West


Agenda

a) Visual thinking
b) How can mind maps help you
c) How to create a mind map
d) Mind maps in Business
e) Mind maps in Personal Life
f) Tools available for creating a mind map

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What is
Visual Thinking?

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Using pictures to solve problems
Visual Thinking = Thinking about complex issues
Communicating effectively

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You don't have to be an artist

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How your brain works

Left Brain Right Brain


• logic • big picture
• numbers • rhythm, color
• words • imagination
• details • daydreaming
• sequence • spatial
• linearity • gestalt (global)

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The brain is a radiant thinking machine

• Five major functions


– Receiving
– Holding
– Analyzing
– Outputting
– Controlling

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How creating mind maps can help you?

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Whole brain thinking

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Brainstorming new ideas

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Collaborate more
effectively

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Plan a
party

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The list goes on and on…

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For a list of 100
uses of
mind maps

Visit the Mind Map Inspiration Website

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Definition of mind mapping

A mind map is a visual form of note taking used


to represent words, ideas, tasks, and items
linked to a central key word or idea.

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How to create a
mind map

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Draw it

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It doesn’t have to be perfect!

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If you prefer, use software

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Start with drawing a central topic/idea

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add new topics

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Refine your ideas

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10 Key Elements of a Mindmap

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Here’s the starting point for a Goals for 2010 map

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Mind Maps in Your Business Life

• Weekly Planner
• Control time management
• Project Management
• Meeting Notes
• Plan presentations
• Plan an event
• Brainstorm ideas for corporate blogs
• Create your resume
• Plan a website

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Weekly Planner

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Résumé

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Decision Making

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Marketing Strategy

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Mind Maps in Your Personal Life

• Explore your strength


• Prioritize your goals
• Manage your day/month/year
• Manage household projects
• Plan your life

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Exploring Strengths

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Setting priorities for a specific month

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Daily to-do list

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Tools available for creating
mind maps

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Types of software

1. Desktop for Mac/PC which are bought


2. Web Based – free or by monthly subscription
3. Mobile – iPhone/iPod touch, Pocket PC and Blackberry
4. Open Source Mind mapping for Mac/PC

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Desktop Software

• Mindmanager (PC/Mac)
• Visual Mind (PC)
• SMART Ideas (PC/Mac)
• ThinkGraph (PC)
• Topicscape (PC)
• VisiMap (PC)
• NovaMind (PC/Mac)

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Web Based Mind Mapping

• MindMeister
• Bubbl.us
• Comapping
• Mapul
• Mind42
• Mindomo
• SpinScape (beta)

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Mobile Mind Mapping

• iPhone/iPod Touch
– iBlueSky
– Mindmeister
– MindManager
– iThoughts

• Blackberry
– Mindberry

• Window Mobile
– Pocket Mindmap (Pocket PC)

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Free Open Source Mind Mapping Software

• Freemind (PC/Mac/Linux)
• Dropmind
• Edraw MindMap
• XMind (PC/Mac)

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Resources
• Mind Map Inspiration Blog
• Mindjet Corporate Blog
• Mind Mapping Software Blog
• Biggerplate - Mind Map library
• Mappio – Mind Map library

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Thank
You

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Photo Credits

The images on slides 8,11,14, 18, 21, 37 & 44 are licensed from
iStockphoto.com for use within this document. If you wish to use them you
should purchase a license from iStockPhoto.com.

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