Posts Tagged ‘strategic planning’

Top 12 Uses of PersonalBrain 4.5 – Dynamic Mindmapping Software

October 6, 2008

TheBrain Technologies, makers of PersonalBrain 4.5, the dynamic mindmapping/information management software, have identified the Top 12 Uses for their software.

As they put it, “You’ve just downloaded PersonalBrain. You’re probably thinking, “I love the interface but what’s the best use of it? How can I get started?” There are a million and one uses and applications for PersonalBrain. We were hard pressed to narrow things down to 12, but here they are…”

1. Visual Bookmark Manager

You’re navigating the Web discovering great content. Why bury it in your favorites list and folders? You can think of PersonalBrain as a creative bookmark manager on steroids.

2. File and Everything in Your Life Manager

OK, now let’s take all your bookmarks and integrate them with your files and ideas in your head. Simply drag and drop any file or folder into PersonalBrain’s visual interface and new Thoughts are automatically created.

3. Capturing Expertise and Special Interests

Now, let’s get specific. What do you love? What do you browse the Web for or talk about over lunch? You need to create a Brain for your special interests.

4. Competitive Intelligence and Product Development

Creating charts in documents and spreadsheets won’t provide you with the same insight as a Brain on your competitors. Create categories for key markets and product dimensions and link to their Web sites. You can also add any files you have about the products to each Thought.

5. Research and Analysis

Staying up to date on all the latest trends and developments can mean the difference between developing cutting edge products and letting your competition pass you by.  

6. Event Planning

PersonalBrain is an ideal tool for organizing business and life events that involve many different information sets and possibilities. For example, organizing your vacation or creating a travel section within your Brain is very popular.

7. Brainstorming and Mindmapping

Everyone knows how to brainstorm and many people are familiar with the concept of mind mapping where you branch out your ideas in a visual diagram. PersonalBrain takes brainstorming and mind mapping to the next level.

8. Innovation and Strategic Planning

Creating a new strategy or product line can be both complex and rewarding. Building your business plan using PersonalBrain gives you a head start by letting you easily analyze all aspects of your new venture.

9. Presenting and Capturing Your Vision

PersonalBrain’s flexible linkages and connections can capture your vision and imagination. Use your Brain to reflect on your own ideas and share your vision with others!

10. Visualizing and Tracking People Networks

Use the Brain to organize all your contacts and the organizations you interact with. PersonalBrain’s flexible display lets you organize your contacts by any number of dimensions…location, deal size, business type, project involvement…Whatever is important to you.

11. Network and IT Management

Map out all your servers, software, hardware and the interdependencies.

12. Web Site Planning and Site Navigation

The Web is one of the most interconnected spaces we use each day. Creating a Web site and maintaining all the page relationships can be a challenge. By using TheBrain to map out all your Web pages, you can see how everything connects and add notes on revisions or things you would like to add.

Click here for more information on the Top 12 Uses of PersonalBrain.

I use PersonalBrain on a daily basis to manage my documents, websites and contacts.  I can tell you from personal experience it is very robust and dynamic tool.

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Mindjet Mindmapping Templates: Helping You Get Started

July 9, 2008

If you are new to mindmapping you might find it challenging getting started once you’ve purchased your mindmapping software. 

Fortunately there are a wide range of mindmapping templates that can help.

Mindjet, the maker of MindManager, has a wide range of business, educational, and personal productivity templates that you can adapt to your needs.  

These templates are great because they give you ideas about what’s possible with mindmapping.  They also help you speed up the mindmap creation process –  so you can start increasing productivity immediately.

Here are some of the templates that Mindjet offers on their site for download:

Project Management:

Process Improvement:

Sales:

Strategic Planning:

Marketing:

Student Productivity:

Teacher Productivity:

To download these templates and start using them immediately with MindManager Pro 7 for Windows or MindManager 7 for Mac, click here.

Using MindManager to Meet Business Needs

July 2, 2008

In my efforts as a Mindmapping Consultant to help clients better understand how MindManger can help them meet their business needs, I decided to create a mindmap to illustrate what MindManger can do.

This mindmap covers the following:

  • What is a MindManager Mindmap?
  • Benefits of a MindManager Mindmap
  • MindManager Integration with other Productivity Tools
  • Using MindManager Mindmaps to Increase Business Effectiveness – Examples

Click on the Mindmap to Enlarge and view the subtopics:

 

If you have MindManager 7 or the MindManager Viewer 7 (which is a free download) you can view all the subtopics, notes, website links, and mindmap links that are a part of this mindmap.

I have made the MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap available for download at biggerplate.com.  Click here to download.

 

The Many Uses of Mindmapping: Mindjet’s Interactive Videos

July 1, 2008

You ever heard of the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Mindmapping is a lot like that.  Many people don’t know what mindmapping is.  And those who do know often don’t know what it can do for them personally (at home or work).  

To help provide more clarity on what mindmapping can do for you, Mindjet, a leading mindmapping software company, created a series of short videos.  Using their mindmapping software, MindManager, they illustrate how mindmapping can help you accomplish the following:

  • Brainstorm and capture ideas
  • Enhance strategic thinking & planning
  • Set up & manage business processes
  • Draft communications
  • Present complex information
  • Create project plans & track progress
  • Manage meetings
  • Aggregate and manage content
  • Integrate with Microsoft Office

To see the videos and learn just how powerful mindmapping can be click here.