Archive for August, 2008

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.

Video Tutorials for PersonalBrain 4.5

August 22, 2008

In my last post, I talked about the dynamic mindmapping capability of PersonalBrain 4.5. 

Hopefully you took my advice and downloaded the software.  I really do believe this is one of those revolutionary products that completely transforms how we manage information on our computers.

To help you effectively use the software click on the link for some great video tutorials.

The tutorials cover the following:

  • Navigating a Brain
  • Thought Creation
  • Expanded Views
  • Creating a New Brain
  • Other Brain Examples
  • Tools Overview

PersonalBrain 4.5: Dynamic Mindmapping

August 20, 2008

TheBrain Technologies has created the most dynamic mindmapping software on the market: PersonalBrain 4.5.  

With most mindmapping software the central main topic remains in place regardless of the software’s drill down capability.

But with PersonalBrain whatever topic (or what they call a “Thought”) you click “becomes” the central main topic.  And what’s even more remarkable is that the related topics associated with the “new” main topic are also displayed.

One challenge, of course, is describing this remarkable software with words.  So here is a visual to illustrate what I mean.  Below notice when “Markets” is clicked the other Thoughts associated with Markets are also dynamically displayed:

Shelley Hayduk, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for TheBrain Technologies, notes on the TheBrain Blog, that this approach to mindmapping has several major advantages:

  • Information can be dynamically loaded as it is needed, enabling infinite scalability so that vast amounts of information can be mapped.
  • There is always a context for the current item, so details such as contact information can always be synchronized with the display and usage of the system can be accurately measured and reported against. 
  • Non-hierarchical relationships can be displayed. Because of the self-referencing nature of networked information, it is impossible to represent non-hierarchical information visually unless the display is rendered from the perspective of a selected item.

Another tremendous advantage of PersonalBrain is its ability to dynamically manage enormous amounts of information.

Shelley Hayduk, puts it this way, “With conventional mind mapping software, each map cannot practically be larger than a few hundred items. PersonalBrain is designed to allow tens of thousands of items and files to be integrated into a single workspace. The software offers a dynamic visual display that is infinitely scalable. In fact, this same interface is in use at the Department of Defense, Encyclopedia Britannica and large Fortune 500s to navigate and visualize hundreds of thousands of objects and databases. It would be impossible to scroll through such large data sets with standard mind maps.”

If you are interested in a robust, dynamic, information management solution, I highly recommend you download PersonalBrain 4.5 for 30 days and experience it for yourself.  Click here to download.

After you download the software, play the video below for Tips and Tricks on using PersonalBrain 4.5:

Biggerplate: Mindmaps for You to Download

August 15, 2008 is a site that features a broad range of MindManager mindmaps that you can download for free.

Mindmap categories include:


  • Computers & Internet
  • Exploration & Expeditions
  • Home & Leisure
  • Mind, Body & Health
  • Personal Improvement
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Visual Mapping
  • A-Level
  • AS -Level
  • GCSE
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Universities
  • Industries & Professions
  • Working

Here are five of my mindmaps you can download from

(Click to Enlarge)

Click here to download these and other mindmaps.

MindManager Tips and Tricks: A Mindmap to get you started

August 11, 2008

Mindjet has created a MindManager Tips and Tricks Mindmap to help you get started mindmapping.

The mindmap gives you “How-Tos” for the following:


  • Expanding and collapse topics
  • Move map using “grip hand”
  • Use the Pan and Zoom window (good for large maps)


  • Select multiple topics
  • Convert a Topic into a Floating Topic
  • Remove a topic but keep its subtopics


  • Display “Advanced Formatting” toolbar
  • Align topics
  • Balance map topics

Creating an image

  • Save your map as an image
  • Paste topic as a bitmap image

Click on the mindmap below to see the details:

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at Mindjet’s website. Click here to download.

You will need MindManager Pro 7, MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file.

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.  


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  

(1 of 3 videos):

How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping by Gideon King  

(2 of 3 videos):

How to Grow Your Business Using Mindmapping by Gideon King  

(3 of 3 videos):

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.