Archive for the ‘Mindmapping Thought Leaders’ Category

Let’s Expand the Use of Mindmapping!

October 14, 2008

Vic Gee, author of the Mind-Mapping.org Blog, has put forth a very interesting proposition to those interested in mindmapping: Give him your thoughts on how to expand the use of mindmapping and if you’re creative enough you could win a free license of Buzan’s iMindMap software.

All you have to do is write a post or provide a mindmap on his blog no later than October 3, 2008.

As he puts it, the objective is to put forth an idea that helps “…achieve exponential growth in the numbers of people doing mind mapping.  This needs an idea that will motivate committed visual information mappers and at the same time can leverage the whole mind mapping community to get the word out, explain, demonstrate, tell stories, show all different styles of maps, all uses.

I’ll be entering a mindmap into Vic’s contest.  I hope you plan to do the same.  Click here to enter your post.

Dr. O’Driscoll’s Workshop on Web 2.0 and 3Di Technologies

September 20, 2008

On September 16, 2008, I had the great privilege of attending a workshop in Charlotte, NC. on Web 2.0 and 3Di Technologies delivered by Dr. Tony O’Driscoll, Professor of Practice of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. 

It was a phenomenal presentation with an incredible amount of valuable information on Web 2.0 and 3Di.  It also highlighted how these technologies are working together to literally change the way we collaborate, learn, and innovate.  

I was so glad I had my laptop to mindmap his presentation.  With mindmapping, I was able to take notes AND create URL links to the valuable resources he highlighted throughout the session.  I think when you click through this mindmap you’ll not only get a sense of the wonderful presentation he gave, but you’ll also come away with an appreciation of what computer based mindmapping can do.

No matter how good a note taker you are, paper and pencil can’t compete with computer-based mindmapping.  Not to mention that I can now reuse and rearrange this information anyway that I like. As more people learn about mindmapping I am convinced it will change the way we capture and manage information.

Below is the mindmap I created during the workshop. You can click on the mindmap to enlarge, but to get the full benefit of the mindmap, I suggest you download the Free MindManager Viewer and then download the mindmap from Biggerplate.com.  Then you’ll get the full functionality of the mindmap – all the layers of detail, notes and active URLs.

You can also go to Dr. O’Driscoll’s Blog and see the entire PowerPoint presentation.  Click Here

Click Mindmap to Enlarge

So, How Do You Define a Great Mindmap? Mindmappers Speak Out

September 16, 2008

Chuck Frey, author and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently posted this question on his blog, “What are the defining characteristics of an excellent software-produced mind map?”

Mindmappers from all over the world are responding to the question.  Take a look and see what they have to say (and if you are so inclined, add your own perspective to the dialogue).  Click Here.

NovaMind Launches New Mindmap Library: NovaMind Connect

September 14, 2008

Like Biggerplate.com and Mappio.com, Novamind has recently launched their own Mindmap Library called NovaMind Connect.

NovaMind Connect, in the words of NovaMind Founder Gideon King, “is a completely new and unique system for you to share your Mind Maps online.”

He goes on to say, “NovaMind Connect allows you to almost instantly take the Mind Map document that you have created in NovaMind and upload it directly from NovaMind to NovaMind Connect, where it is turned into a full HTML version of the document, where you can click on each Mind Map to view the detail of that Mind Map. From there you see all the branches of the Mind Map in expandable outline form, and you can navigate to each branch either by clicking it on the Mind Map, or in the outline.”

Additionally, NovaMind Connect has full international support built in, so you can upload your mindmaps  in any language.

I had an opportunity to take a look at the site and it is quite impressive.  

NovaMind has created a 2-minute Introductory video on the new site.  Click Here.

Jamie Nast Interview: Thoughts of a Mindmapping Thought Leader

August 27, 2008

In a previous post I wrote about a webcast featuring Jamie Nast, author and creator of the Idea Mapping Blog and Chuck Frey, author and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog.

Recently, Chuck Frey conducted an interview with Jamie Nast.  

Jamie Nast is one of the most prolific trainers and speakers on the topic of visual mapping. In this interview, she candidly explains why it’s critical that executives learn to express their ideas visually, using hand-drawn idea maps and mind mapping software, and the risks of not doing so.

This is an interview you don’t want to miss!

Click here for the Interview.

The Blueprint to Success: Adam Sicinski Does it Again

August 24, 2008

In a previous post I wrote about the incredible mindmapping of Adam Sicinski.  Recently, he created a mindmap that is simply worth sharing with everyone you know.  

It is one of those positive thinking “can do” mindmaps that you’ll want to refer to again and again.  

He calls it “The Blueprint to Success”.  And one time through the mindmap, I think you’ll agree it is indeed a Blueprint to Success.

See for yourself:

(Click on Mindmap to enlarge)

You can download a full-size PDF version of the mindmap at his site.  

And by all means tell other people about it.

What is Mindmapping? More than you think

August 8, 2008

Take a look at my new page “What is Mindmapping?” under “About Me” (on the top right section of my blog).

I share some of my thoughts on mindmapping and how it’s truly becoming a multifaceted productivity tool.

I also share some great videos that explore the benefits of mindmapping.  

Enjoy.

One Mindmapping Thought Leader Interviews Another

August 5, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently interviewed Michael Tipper, Mindmapping Thought Leader and specialist in accelerated learning principles and techniques.

This is simply one of the best interviews on mindmapping you’ll ever read!  Michael Tipper REALLY understands the power of mindmapping.  

He understands that it’s about the results mindmapping can produce (both educational and business) that should be the focus, rather than mindmapping as this creative diagram with words, images and colors.

He puts it this way in the interview: “Millions of drills are sold to people every year who do not want a drill.  What they want is the hole and of course the drill is the route to that. But ultimately it is the hole they are after.  In other words, they don’t care about the tool as much as the benefit that the tool provides. It’s the same with mind mapping.”

You’ll have to read the interview to get the rest of his point.  I strongly encourage you to do so. 

Chuck Frey asks some great questions and Michael Tipper gives some great answers.  You’ll learn a lot about the power of mindmapping and how it can change your life.

Click here to read the Interview.

NovaMind Presenter: The Alternative to PowerPoint

August 1, 2008

There are a number of mindmapping software applications with presentation mode functionality.  But there are none better than NovaMind Presenter.  The “presenting experience” in NovaMind is quite revolutionary.  And clearly an alternative to PowerPoint.

Gideon King, Founder of NovaMind (a major mindmapping software company) has created tutorials for Mac and Windows to show you how to use Novamind Presenter.  

But before I give you those tutorial links, you have to see NovaMind Presenter in action!

Here is Gideon King giving a presentation with NovaMind Presenter on “How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping”:

How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping by Gideon King  

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How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping by Gideon King  

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How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping by Gideon King  

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Here are the two tutorial links to show you how to use NovaMind Presenter:

NovaMind Presenter Tutorial (Mac): Click Here.

Novamind Presenter Tutorial (Windows): Click Here.

Hand-Drawn Mindmaps vs. Computer Based Mindmaps: Pros and Cons to each

July 26, 2008

Due to the great work of Tony Buzan many people leverage the benefits of hand-drawn mindmaps.  In his many books he highlights how such maps are aligned with the thinking processes of the brain and how they help you to use a wide range of association techniques as well as images and colors.

Jamie Nast, Mindmapping Thought Leader, Author and Creator of the Idea Mapping Blog, also is a strong proponent of hand-drawn maps and their benefits.  

There is no doubt that there are times when a hand-drawn map is the most practical thing to do.  For example, when you are at a meeting and you don’t have your computer.  Or you want to create your own personal work of art with your mindmap to help you associate and recall things in a particular way.

However, both Tony Buzan and Jamie Nast, also fully understand the power of computer based mindmaps.  Tony Buzan has created iMindmap and Jamie Nast is an expert on using mindmapping software such as MindJet’s MindManager.

In fact, when you think about all the things you can do with computer based mindmaps, it becomes very clear that mindmaps via a computer are much more than a visual image. 

Chuck Frey, MindMapping Thought Leader and Creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently highlighted 10 advantages to computer based mindmappping: 

  1. Mind mapping software enables you to arrange information in expandable and collapsible topic trees.
  2. Mind mapping software enables you to embed documents, links, notes and other data within the structure of your map, transforming it into the equivalent of a powerful visual database.
  3. Mind mapping software enables you to re-arrange the topics in your map at will, until it perfectly represents your ideas.
  4. A software-produced visual map isn’t just something you create once and forget about. Because you can update its contents as needed, it can become a powerful tool for managing your projects and tracking their progress on an ongoing basis.
  5. Mind mapping software enables you to export your ideas to other types of software, such as word processors, presentation and project management software. 
  6. Mind mapping software also opens up new opportunities for collaboration that don’t exist with hand-drawn maps.
  7. Another powerful advantage of mind mapping software is that you can utilize it to present your ideas, which makes it a powerful alternative to PowerPoint.
  8. Another unique capability of mind mapping software is that it can be used with an LCD projector and screen to record and display ideas during a group brainstorming session.
  9. Another unique capability of mind mapping software is that you can utilize it to create your own “information dashboard” – a map that consolidates a wealth of data that you need to manage into a single, visually-oriented screen.
  10. Finally, what makes mind mapping software unique is its flexibility. The number of different things you can do with it – from a business, education or personal standpoint – is amazing.

Please go to Chuck Frey’s site and read the full article as he goes into greater detail on each benefit.  Click here for the full article.

With all the benefits of computer based mindmapping, however, there still will always be a place for hand-drawn mindmaps.  

Chuck Frey, puts it this way, “In closing, please don’t take this list to mean that I am criticizing hand-drawn mind maps. There are still many occasions when nothing else will do – such as when you want to create a unique, colorful and very personal visualization of your ideas.”


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