Using Mind Maps Magazine Issue 28

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In this Issue...

Mind Mapping Software Encourages Rapid Learning


According to Eric Kandel, a neuroscientist at Columbia University, the human memory is set up to work like a pen and notebook: people jot down memories like they jot down notes.

Through his research, Kandel found that long-term memories are built into a brain’s synapses over time. At first, your brain writes down a note by connecting two neurons together to remember the concept at hand...

Top 10 Edu Resources for The New School Year


For some students the new school year has already started, while others are still enjoying their last days of freedom before they dive into a new year of reading assignments, math exercises and science projects.

Whether you’re a student or a teacher, we hope the following collection of our top educational resources will help you make the new school year your most successful one yet...

Learning as a Competitive Advantage

Faizel Mohidin

Here are two videos that I recorded about learning as a competitive advantage.

The first one introduces you to learning faster as a competitive advantage  and tells you why you need a system. It also ends with a useful Mind Map Template to prepare you for learning faster.

The second one tells you what to do by giving you the 10 Steps that I've put together to help you learn faster, so that you could put together your own processes. It tells you exactly what to do...

Pursuing the Ideal Self

Adam Sicinski

The “ideal you” is therefore “you”, however it is not the person you are today, but rather the person you are striving to become tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and so on.

And yet this ideal self is not a state of perfection; it is not a fixed destination or a finished product.

In fact, it’s far from it. This ideal self is constantly evolving and changing, and as such it has somewhat of an elusive nature.

Your ideal self should always be several steps ahead of you. In fact, even if you do become that ideal version of yourself at some point in the future, by that stage this ideal version of “you” will have changed, and you will therefore still be in pursuit of this ideal self...

12 ways to build a hyper-efficient work breakdown structure

Chuck Frey

In project management, the work breakdown structure (WBS) is a pivotal planning document: It divides the project into phases and displays the tasks required to complete each one. A very effective way to create a WBS is with mind mapping software, which supports all of the steps teams need to follow to plan and execute a successful project.

As you’ll see, mind mapping software can help teams do a more effective and comprehensive jobs of project planning, spur team involvement and creativity, and can lighten the burden in many ways for overworked project managers.

Here are 12 ways that mind mapping software can supercharge creation of a work breakdown structure...

5 Practices for Delivering Strategic Change

Elizabeth Harrin

Companies that are good at organizational change management, complete twice as many strategic initiatives that meet their original time, budget and content goals.

The study, called Enabling Organizational Change through Strategic Initiatives, from PMI, shows that if you are good at change management, your organization will:

  • Meet the goals of strategic initiatives 65% of the time
  • Complete strategic initiatives on time 64% of the time
  • Complete strategic initiatives on budget 63% of the time.  

When you compare those figures to companies who are minimally effective at delivering change, they are almost double in every case. The study identifies 5 practices that are important for delivering change effectively, and therefore for completing your strategic projects successfully. Let’s take a look and see how you can implement these in your business...

5 Reasons Why Every Blogger Should Use MindMeister


...As any successful blogger will tell you, organization is one of the key aspects of having a blog. You can mark-up your planners and make endless to-do lists, but how do you organize your evolving thought process?

For me, jotting down notes can be useful but also so confusing! I’ve occasionally entered what I thought was a great idea as a note into my iPhone; but then when I go back and read it I have no idea what my thoughts really were. This is where MindMeister comes in...

Are you a Concept Mapper or a Mind Mapper?

Since I have been using this two knowledge vizualisation methods, I am faced with the partisan vision of the users of each community.

To distinguish between them in this article, I propose to give them a specific name:

  • The Cmappers (Concept Mapping Addict)
  • The Mind Mappers (Mind-Mapping Addict)

In my activities, I contribute to both communities, and I use each method...

Visual Thinking: The Six Ways We See

In his great book “The Back of the Napkin”, Dan Roam defines Visual Thinking as:

“Learning to think with our eyes. It means taking advantage of our innate ability to see-both with our eyes and our mind’s eye in order to discover ideas that are otherwise invisible, develop those ideas quickly and intuitively and then share those ideas with other people in a way they simply get. Visual Thinking is an extraordinarily powerful way to solve problems and though it may appear something new, the fact is that we already know how to do it ”...

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