Posts Tagged ‘mind mapping’

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.

The Mindmapping of Adam Sicinski: Mindmapping as an Art Form

July 7, 2008

Recently I was exposed to the mindmapping of Adam Sicinski.  I have to tell you that Adam’s mindmapping is more than mindmapping – it is art.  Adam reached out to me via the MindManager Enthusiasts Network.  And I am glad that he did.

An objective of this blog, in addition to business and education mindmapping, is mindmapping that helps you in your everyday life.  

The Mindmapping of Adam Sicinski certainly does that.  You can look at his mindmaps for hours and learn all kinds of things.

One mindmap that I found particularly powerful was his mindmap entitled “Strategic Questioning”.  

Click on the mindmap to enlarge:

I firmly believe that it is the questions we ask ourselves that largely determine the trajectory of our lives.

For example, you could say “Why do I have such rotten luck?” or you could say “How can I successfully overcome this?”  Both are questions.  

But the former keeps you where you are and limits your possibilities.  Whereas the latter expands your thinking and drives you to find a solution.

So questions are powerful and we must be careful of the questions we ask ourselves.  Adam covers both the “weak” and “strong” questions on his mindmap.  I encourage you to download this and other mindmaps from his site.

To download PDF versions of his mindmaps click here.

Company secures $43.5 Million Dollar Contract using NovaMind Mindmapping Software

July 6, 2008

If there was any doubt that you could use mindmapping to secure major funding for a huge multifaceted project – that was put to rest when a company in England using NovaMind mindmapping software out-bid 312 competitors to be one of only 3 to receive funding for a major urban regeneration project.

Gideon King, Mindmapping Thought Leader and Founder of NovaMind, a major mindmapping software company, explains it this way: “This is a fascinating story because of the use of Mind Mapping in a very complex real world situation with a lot of people involved. It amply demonstrates the massive advantage you have when using NovaMind within your business.”

Using NovaMind, the business was able to out bid all others to win “…a multifaceted project with social, cultural, scientific, artistic, engineering, environmental and architectural dimensions.” 

To show you just how this was done, Gideon King, in an article on the project “…illustrates this by showing you through the Mind Maps that were created, as well as photos taken during the design process, sketches of the designs, and computer models of the finished project.”

Here are a few of the mindmaps that were created during the project:

Click on the mindmaps to enlarge:

To watch a video and download an article on the project click here.

Cisco WebEx Achieves Business Results with Mindjet Mindmapping Software

July 5, 2008

For business executives in any business, before they use mindmapping they need one simple question answered: “How will this help me improve my bottom line?”

Stu Schmidt, Vice President for professional services at Cisco WebEx, is no different.  He asked how mindmapping could improve his bottom line and then developed a solution with Mindjet MindManager that showed it could. 

According to a business case study that focused on how WebEx incorporated MindManager into their business processes: “To WebEx’s professional services division, sales is the process of developing trust, demonstrating capability, and truly listening to the customer to learn about their needs – before developing a solution that produces business results.  WebEx uses MindJet MindManager at every step of the sales process – from the initial engagement, to inking the deal, to delivering the right solution.”

But before developing this mindmapping solution WebEx had a business challenge, according to the case study:

  • “To shorten sales cycles by ensuring that potential customers’ needs are captured accurately and correctly communicated to internal resources.”

With MindJet MindManager they developed a solution:

  • “WebEx uses MindManager to map clients’ needs before and after the sale to develop solutions that are on target in helping them solve their key challenges.”

And now they achieve specific business results:

  • “Improved customer engagement, shorter “time to trust”, and improved internal communications lead to significantly reduced sales cycles for this market leading company.”

In the 2-page case study you can learn more about how they:

  • Defined the common challenge of decreasing sales cycles and improving close rates
  • Improved sales process and customer collaboration
  • Created a requirements validation and customer sign off process

Here is their client facing MindManager mindmap used in all client engagements.  Click mindmap to enlarge:

Click here to read the 2-page case study.

A Great Video by NovaMind: Helping You Understand Mindmapping

July 4, 2008

Gideon King, Mindmapping Thought Leader and Founder of NovaMind, a major mindmapping software company, has created perhaps the best presentation on understanding the structure, purpose and benefits of mindmapping.  

His video gives you a very clear understanding of mindmapping and how it can improve your personal and professional life.  

You’ll also love the NovaMind presentation tool!

Click here for the video.