In this Newsletter...
- Associate Authors
- Mind Map Tutor Blog
- Facebook Page
- Focus of the Month
- What's Coming
- Communicating with us
1. WelcomeWelcome to the final 2011 edition of our Newsletter on Using Mind Maps to be more successful.
This month focuses on learning how to Mind Map by example and how you can learn by sharing and what others have shared. Sharing should be an essential part of your learning process - and you should always be learning!
2. ProductsOur approach to use Free OpenSource Mind Map Software (Xmind) continues to prove successful. It puts Mind Maps and Mind Mapping into the hands of many more people.
So don't delay. Download Xmind today and start Mind Mapping!
You could also download the basic edition of iMindMap, which is also free. iMindMap is the official Mind Map Software endorsed by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, and creates beautiful, organic, colourful Mind Maps.
Learning Management Program
A ten step program divided into Four Sections that gets you learning faster and easier. The program takes you through four important stages:
Most successful people know that it is the process that makes them successful. Whether you are a golfer, tennis player, business person or learner, a good process separates the amateur from the professional. So 'Go Pro' with your learning by applying a good learning process.
- The Skills Needed
- Application of the Skills
- Keeping Sharp
English Grammar Mind Map Tutor
Having a good knowledge of English Grammar is essential for all learners, if your learning medium is English. If English is not your mother-tongue, then this is also a great guide for you.
The Interactive Mind Maps allow you to add your own examples and thoughts, making you the centre of the learning process, which is the best way to learn.
Othello Mind Map Tutor
The first of our Shakespeare series, which allows you to learn Shakespeare in a unique, holistic and visual way, providing you with everything you need to know about plot, background, characters, themes and more...
3. Associate Authors
If you are a subject matter expert and think you have the ability to produce a set of Mind Maps on your subject, we can sell it and market it for you using our Associate Author Program. If you are interested, please feel free to drop us a note using our Contact Form and we will get back to you with the details.
By sharing your knowledge, you can grow personally, help others, and even create a permanent passive income stream.
Take advantage of our growth and expertise in the Mind Mapping and Learning marketplace and start your own online business with hardly any capital outlay.
The concept is simple.
We welcome any feedback and comments. Please do this via our Contact Form. We will really appreciate your comments, as it enables us to improve both our free and premium products.
- You create the Mind Maps according to our strict criteria.
- We market and sell it.
- You earn immediate passive income.
4. Mind Map Tutor BlogOur Blog, www.mindmaptutor.com, keeps you updated with what's happening so that you can learn faster and easier with almost daily updates.
You can follow our blog by subscribing via RSS Feed, Email, Facebook, or Twitter to get regular updates. Most of the topics are also highlighted on our Facebook Page, where you can comment instantly and get great feedback from us and others.
You can now also comment on our blog using Facebook comments.
Some highlights from our Blog last month:
Are other Visualization methods evil?
Do you use other visualization methods?
Use your Imagination and Mind Maps to be more successful
Imagination is a key component of success. Some imagination techniques used by successful people.
Mind Maps for effective learning
Mind Maps will enable you to learn faster and easier and get better results.
Make time to read and to learn how to read
So you know how to read?
Mind Maps can help you think outside the box
Throw away those constraints!
Taking your Mind Maps to the Next Level
The first in a two-part series on advancing your Mind Mapping Skills.
And lot's more...
Visit our Blog now for more inspiring articles on using Mind Maps.
5. Facebook pageVisit Using Mind Maps on Facebook and become a part of our Social Network by simply 'liking' our page.
Facebook is great for updates, as it is unobtrusive and you can give immediate feedback.
Please promote our Facebook Page to you friends and family.
It is a great way for them to stay updated with the latest information on everything you need to know about creating and using Mind Maps to learn faster and easier.
All updates to our site, as well as our blog, are posted to our Facebook Page, so you will always be informed of what's happening.
Make learning and using Mind Maps a part of your Social Experience. In this way learning and growth becomes a natural part of you life and stops being a laborious effort.
As information on Facebook is fed in bite size chunks and you only read what catches your eye, you are in complete control of the situation.
6. TwitterYou can follow me via my Twitter account.
I am very active in the online Mind Mapping community, you will get updates and links to important information as I come across it.
Twitter is the fastest way to get information into the market. If you haven't tried Twitter yet, give it a go. The great thing about Twitter is that you only have to read what you want to, as it just gives you the headlines. The information also comes to you, so you are only receiving information that you want to receive.
If you don't like the source - kill it, and it's instantly removed.
Twitter can be a great time saver to give you the information when you want it and how you want it.
We publish all of our Blog feeds to Twitter so that you can simply browse the headlines and only visit the page if you like what you see.
7. Focus of the month - Learning by Example
When I started Mind Mapping more than 20 years ago, good Mind Map examples were very hard to come by. There was no Internet and no Mind Map Software, so most Mind Maps were hand drawn with only hard copies available, making it very difficult to share.
I had to seek out examples from books, which I either had to purchase or obtain from the local bookstore or library. It was difficult, yet it was the best way to learn.
Tony Buzan, in the Mind Map Book, mentions the strategies of the old Martial Arts masters and sums in up with the three A's: Accept, Apply, Adapt. You start by copying others and try to emulate the good Mind Mappers. Once you are comfortable doing that, you then apply the laws by creating your own Mind Maps.
We have been promoting the use of Mind Map Examples to help you create better Mind Maps from the very beginning and I became very excited when I discovered a great Mind Map sharing platform, BiggerPlate.com. We believe it's a great place to share, and to see Mind Maps that others have shared. I have therefore decided to upload some of my Mind Maps to BiggerPlate.com.
When you look at my Mind Maps, you will find that I focus on keeping it simple. I also try to Mind Map the principles of a subject wherever possible. I have found that by Mind Mapping the principles of a subject, my Mind Maps become the most effective over time. By simply recalling the main principles, I can normally trigger the details effectively. Most of my Mind Maps therefore look remarkably simple, but I believe that it doesn't have to be any more complex to get a good understanding of the whole. By learning the principles, you will find that you naturally attach the details to those principles and master the subject much faster and easier.
Different strategies work for different people, so have a look at the other Mind Maps on BiggerPlate.com to help you decide your preferences.
Eventually, you will develop a style of your own as you evolve. Even though two people use the same Mind Map Software, their Mind Maps will still reflect the individuality of the creator.
Before you start creating your own style and deviating from the Mind Map Principles, reflect on the three A's mentioned above.
You start by copying others and emulating the good Mind Mappers. Once you are comfortable doing that, you then apply it by creating your own Mind Maps. I recommend that you do at least 100 Mind Maps before going on to the last step, Adapt, where you can start experimenting with what works, and what doesn't work, for you.
Soon you will discard all the principles that don't work well for you and add some techniques of your own - And you will end up with your own unique Mind Mapping Style.
As you get more confident, share your Mind Maps on BiggerPlate.com. You could also publish an article on our Website with links to your Mind Maps on BiggerPlate.com. We provide you with a platform to tell the world!
Until next time - Use the examples of other Mind Mappers to improve your own Mind Maps!
8. What's coming...Keep a look out for free information on our Website, our Blog , Facebook and Twitter. Be the first to get updated information as it arrives.
9. Communicating with usWe would also love to hear from you, so let us know how your Mind Map efforts are going. You can contact us via our Contact Page, or you can even write your own story and be published on our website.
You can also comment on any of our blog posts using Facebook comments. The choice is yours.
Till next time...Focus on creating holistic plans!
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