Posts Tagged ‘Chuck Frey’

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.

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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.

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.

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.”

Mindmapping Webinar with Two Thought Leaders

July 15, 2008

Jamie Nast, author and creator of the Idea Mapping Blog and Chuck Frey, author and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog are both Mindmapping Thought Leaders.  And they both have made enormous contributions to the growth of the mindmapping industry.

They will be giving a free Mindmapping Webinar on Tuesday, July 22, 2008.

Here are just a few of the things they will cover:

  • How is mindmapping evolving?
  • How do idea mapping, concept mapping, and diagramming relate to mindmapping?  Are they the same?  Do they have different uses?
  • What are some of the interesting uses of mindmapping?
  • Which is better hand drawn or computer-based mind maps?
  • What new features are available in the computer- and web-based tools?
  • How do I choose the right tool/approach?
  • How do I get started? 
  • And many more, including your questions
Here’s a mindmap view of what they will cover:
To Register for the Webinar, click here.

Chuck Frey’s New Research & Reports Page for Mindmapping Software

July 13, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader and Creator of the The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently launched a Research and Reports Page on his site.

As part of his ongoing commitment to growing the global base of knowledge about mindmapping software, he has created this information rich resource on mindmapping.  He does a fabulous job of providing you with mindmapping information from a variety of perspectives.

The resources below are currently available on his site:

Surveys:

Web-based mind mapping applications
This survey reveals how people are utilizing these tools and sheds light on the advantages, disadvantages and future potential of this exciting new technology.

Benefits of mind mapping software
This survey reveals how users got started with mind mapping software, and the biggest benefit they’re getting from it. It also explores how people are utilizing it for collaboration, and how they are exporting and sharing their maps with others.

Applications of mind mapping software
This survey shows what applications people are utilizing mind mapping software for, how it specifically benefits them and quantifies the productivity increases they are enjoying as a result of making mind mapping software part of their workflow.

Reports:

8 Ways to Improve Your Mind Maps

10 Mistakes to Avoid with Mind Mapping Software

E-Books:

Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software
Tips and best practices for current users of mind mapping software. This popular reference guide will help you to take your visual mapping skills to the next level!

The Mind Mapping Manifesto
Overloaded with projects, e-mails, documents and the other flotsam and jetsam of being a knowledge worker? The secret to higher productivity and less stress can be found in today’s powerful mind mapping software, which can help you to get more done, make better decisions, manage projects more effectively and reach clarity faster on key issues. This e-book explains how.

To get these resources, click here.

Chuck Frey’s New eBook: Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software

June 26, 2008

If you are new to mindmapping (or even if you are a pro) you need to get Chuck Frey’s new eBook “Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software”.

One of the major goals of this blog is to provide you with resources that help you leverage the power of mindmapping.  This eBook does just that!

Chuck Frey is a mindmapping thought leader and his blog is the industry standard on reviewing mindmapping software.  So he is more than qualified to write a book such as this.  

If you have mindmapping software but are not sure you’re getting the most out of it – this is your book.  

If you are thinking about getting mindmapping software but are not sure of the benefits – this is your book.  

And if you are a mindmapping pro but just want more strategies and approaches to leverage what you already know – this is your book.

To get the book click here.

 

IQ VisualMapping Conference: Interviews with Mindmapping Thought Leaders

June 17, 2008

In a previous post I provided information on the upcoming IQ VisualMapping Conference in New Jersey this October.  At the conference some of the major Mindmapping Thought Leaders will be presenting and sharing mindmapping best practices.  

But to give you a taste of what’s to come, the conference team has posted interviews with the guest speakers.  In the interviews they provide an overview of their presentations and why they think you should attend the conference.

They include:

Wallace Tait

Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D

Stephanie Diamond

Chuck Frey

Adam Clayman

Arjen ter Hoeve

Click here to play the interviews.

Chuck Frey’s New Mindmapping E-Book: The Mind Mapping Manifesto

June 8, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader, Blogger and Author, recently published an outstanding E-Book on Mindmapping.  Anyone interested in leveraging the power of mindmapping should purchase this book:

I’ve created a mindmap of the book to give you an overview of the topics covered.  Click on the mindmap below to see the detail.

To purchase the book click here.

What is Mindmapping? And Why is it Important?

June 6, 2008

Wikipedia defines a Mindmap asa diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making and writing.”

I personally started using mindmapping techniques to take notes at work in 2001.  As I learned about various mindmapping software programs that allowed me to mindmap on my computer, a whole new world opened up for me.  A world where I could dynamically organize all the information in my life – whether that be business or personal.  

Since 2001 the mindmapping software has only gotten better.  In fact, today’s mindmapping software handles the simple and complex with ease.  It allows you to see the high-level and then quickly drill-down to the details.  It is truly extraordinary in its ability to handle the multifaceted.

As we all grapple with vast amounts of information in our work and personal lives, we need an effective way to manage that information. 

As Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader, Blogger, and Author of the groundbreaking E-book entitled The MindMapping Manifesto, states: “What’s needed is a new paradigm for managing ideas, information, data and knowledge – a software tool that enables users to manipulate these assets with greater flexibility, and which helps you to see new connections and possibilities.”  He goes on to say, “One set of tools that meets these requirements amazingly well is mind mapping software.”

Time is a finite resource for all of us.  So effectively capturing, organizing, managing, and sharing information becomes extremely important when you want to get a lot done with the time you have.

To help me effectively manage my time and energy while getting a lot done, I use mindmapping for both my personal and professional life.  I use it for managing meetings, managing projects, brainstorming, taking notes, and managing files, folders, and URL links on my computer.  So to say I’m an avid user is an understatement.  

Given the benefits of mindmapping and the rapid pace of its acceptance by millions of people around the world, I wanted to create this blog site to capture and share mindmapping best practices in the areas of business, education, and personal life. 

It is my hope that this blog site helps people leverage the power of mindmapping.