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 first edition of our Newsletter on Using Mind Maps to be more successful for 2012.
This month focuses on committing to using Mind Maps in 2012, as hold habits can be hard to kick.
2. ProductsFree OpenSource Mind Map Software (Xmind) has served us well and is still our preferred starting point for 2012, even though the iPad is becoming quite a serious contender.
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:
Using Mind Map Vision Boards
Create a better future by using Mind Maps for your vision boards
Using Mind Maps to innovate
Creativity and Innovation occur more naturally with Mind Maps
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 - Commit to using Mind Maps in 2012
Welcome to another year of Mind Mapping!
After taking a long, wonderful break, I am finally ready to commit to 2012. In South Africa, we have Christmas in summer and I spent it in Durban, a sub-tropical paradise. There are some benefits living in an emerging market!
I am back in my home town, Cape Town - which is also a holiday destination of choice. Some would ask, ‘Why bother going on holiday, when Cape Town has so much to offer.’
Ok, I know! Tourism and the promotion of South Africa as a tourist destination is not what you want to about. Let’s get stuck into this month’s newsletter.
This first newsletter of the year is to try and get you to commit to using Mind Maps more often and more effectively. You may already know all the benefits of Mind Mapping and how it naturally uses the whole brain in the process, but how often do you really use Mind Maps?
Changing old habits can be very difficult, especially if you have been using it for many years. I have found that many people like the idea of Mind Mapping, agree that it’s far superior to linear note taking - and still use linear methods as their preferred method.
You may find that it is difficult to let go of your old linear ways and we are therefore going to focus on moving from linear to radiant thinking in 2012.
The best way to start, in my opinion, is to begin with using Mind Maps only for overviews, outlines, or frameworks and continue to use linear methods for the details.
Mind Map Outlines can easily be converted to linear outlines and can also be converted from one form to another using various software packages. OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) is also a standard that works well to convert between Linear Software products and Mind Map Software.
Hopefully this will become a standard in the near future.
Even if you are using hand drawn Mind Maps, you can easily create a linear outline from a Mind Map and vice versa.
We found that a good linear method to use with Mind Maps is the Cornell Method, which can be found on our website in our article on Note Taking.
Practice converting between Linear Notes and Mind Maps on a regular basis and soon you will be able to draw a Mind Map outline quite naturally. You may even find this becoming your preferred method of outlining.
Once you find how easy it is to change a Mind Map outline, especially if you are using Mind Map Software, you may never want to go back to linear outlining again.
You could even build your outlines with images and create wonderful visual outlines that are truly unforgettable. Your creative, artistic brain will then come alive and help you generate even more wonderful ideas in compact Mind Mapped outline format.
So, all I am asking of you is to commit to using Mind Maps more during 2012 - and if you are struggling - to use if for outlines only.
I will commit to creating Mind Map Tutors to help you in your education as well as your personal and work life. Mind Map Tutors have a Mind Map overview with linear details built in.
If you are prepared to put in the effort, you will be able to shortcut your learning process and become more successful with less effort - and if you are prepared to do this, you may want to look at some of our methods and products.
Explore the free information on our website and share it with your friends and family to also help them to be more successful with Mind Maps.
So, I wish you all the best for 2012 and hope that you will put in the effort to use Mind Maps more often and more effectively, and enjoy the success that follows!
Until next time - Make a firm commitment to using Mind Maps in 2012
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.
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