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Using Mind Maps, Issue #044 - April 2014 Issue now available
April 06, 2014

April 2014 Issue of Using Mind Maps Mag Now Available

Using Mind Maps - Faizel Mohidin

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Excerpts From The Latest Issue:

Editor’s Note: Issue 12 and going stronger than ever

Faizel Mohidin

It’s almost hard to believe that this is the twelfth issue of Using Mind Maps Magazine. I had the idea of bringing Tips, Tools, Techniques and Opinions of Leading Mind Mapping Experts to Mind Mappers all over the world for quite some time. And when I saw the opportunity that Apple’s Newsstand, and later Google Play, brought, I realised that I could deliver Mind Mapping Content in a new and refreshing way. Out of these ideas, Using Mind Maps Magazine was born.

Meet The Experts - Jamie Nast

Idea Mapping Success

…After taking the class I was most impacted by my new found ability to draw a portrait of a human face. Although I could see value in the Mind Mapping, I rarely used it personally or professionally except to map out books. I began teaching this workshop successfully to other leaders throughout the company, and was formally certified as an instructor by Vanda North (Founder and former CEO of The Buzan Centres) in August of 1992…

Life Resource List

Adam Sicinski

A resource list is an indispensable tool I use in my professional life as a life coach and in my personal life to achieve my own goals and objectives. In fact your life resource list, it’s a tool that is absolutely critical to the achievement of success in any field of endeavor. Resource lists are very much like the food we eat on a daily basis that helps nourish our bodies. We eat this food because it provides us with the energy we need to do what we do throughout the day.

Mind Map Of The Month: Creating an Ink Only Mind Map

Paul Foreman

Good Mind Maps usually have color. What would you do if you only had one pen or pencil available? Paul Foreman gives you some great ideas.

Mind Mapping Your Way to E-Book Publishing: It Starts With ‘Why’

Jim Lauria

A mind map starts you on the path of creativity. It allows you to fill in the blanks (“map the gap” if you will) in a non-linear fashion, providing a living document of ideas for future development. I have used mind maps to develop content for multiple media outlets. For example, a blog post turned into an article, which became a PowerPoint presentation, which spawned a video, that ended up inspiring a radio interview, which is now an eBook.

How to use icons and symbols to improve the clarity of your Mind Maps

Chuck Frey

Icons and symbols are small visual elements that you can attach to topics in your mind maps, which add meaning and context to them. These miniature images can be used to depict priority (A/B/C or 1/2/3), types of activities (phone calls, meetings or travel), tasks, and types of information and ideas. It’s been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. A symbol or icon, attached to a topic within your mind map, can convey much more meaning and context, which can be quickly understood by your brain.

The Teachers’ Guide to Mind Mapping

Raphaela Brandner - MindMeister

In line with our BackToSchool campaign, we’d like to provide all teachers out there with a quick guide on how to get the most out of mind mapping. Learn how to use this powerful tool to increase productivity and creativity in your classroom and further the collaboration between your students!

Mapping The Zeitgeist

Leon Markovitz - Wikibrains

Wikibrains, a hot new startup from Israel, has decided to create a crowd-sourced semantic web from scratch, one that reflects the current culture. The idea is simple: users come to wikibrains to quickly create beautiful maps and visualize data, while simultaneously their associations are being saved and suggested to next users

What is a “Balance Sheet”?

Tarek Fahmy - Buzan Licensed Instructor

I was sitting with some friends having a beer, when someone came out with an idea for new business: Multi Flavor Oatmeal restaurant. We decided to call it “Oats for All”. A guy (I think he is a finance guy) sitting next to us who was hearing our conversation said: “guys, I like that idea… I am willing to help you… Let us start and build our Balance Sheet!!”

Mind Mapping Promotes Critical Thinking Growth in Nursing Education

Pat Schmehl

If you asked any nursing student what words most often spring from the lips of their nursing faculty the answer would (or definitely should) be critical thinking. Why is that? The short answer is that in order to apply the knowledge necessary for rapid decision making in patient care, critical thinking thought processes are necessary to bring thoughts to reality in nursing actions. The longer answer to that question expands on this premise and in doing so incorporates mind mapping (also known as concept mapping) in several ways…

Being a Mapping Mentor – Overcoming Initial Resistance

Scott Letwin

The fact that you’re reading this article probably means that you have stepped beyond the norm of linear note taking and presenting from linear outlines. You’ve been willing to try something new, you listened to the “specials” as it were and decided to give something new, like mind mapping a try. Let’s briefly look at three possible categories people fall into when they are introduced to the concepts and science behind mind mapping.

The Five Minute Writing Plan

Faizel Mohidin

Mind Maps can be used to improve your writing at school, college, university and even at work. I will cover creative writing in this article. I will cover business writing in another article. Often the hardest part of writing is knowing what you want to write about. Finding your theme and how to begin can be the biggest stumbling block in the whole process. Often an essay has to be written under severe time pressure. The worst kind of pressure is writing an essay under exam conditions. Well, despair not! By using Mind Maps you can plan your whole essay in about Five Minutes

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