Archive for iMindMap

17 Apr 2014

How to deliver memorable lessons with Mind Maps

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In education today, teachers face the challenge of keeping tech savvy, information overloaded students engaged. So, how exactly can you ensure your students remain attentive throughout the lesson, and retain the information after they leave the classroom? Mind Maps will drastically improve the way you deliver lessons and present concepts, making them highly engaging and truly unforgettable.

Mind Maps present concepts in a clear and concise manner. They’re capable of consolidating large amounts of data on to one page, and bringing the key facts into focus. This gives your students a clear overview of the topic and helps break down complicated information into easily digestible chunks.

Delivering Lessons - Dracula - Overall Map

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15 Apr 2014

8 Ways to use iMindMap at Work

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Integrating the iMindMap software into your daily routine allows you to streamline your workload, save time and condense and organise vast quantities of information, all whilst boosting your productivity. Here are just eight ways that iMindMap can be utilised to help you get ahead at work.

1. Present

Presentation feature on iMindMapiMindMap gives you the perfect platform to plan and deliver presentations with style and leave a lasting impact on your audience.
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15 Apr 2014

Expand and Collapse as a revision tool

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Expand and Collapse

Using Mind Mapping to study for an exam? How about learning a new language? Or simply testing your memory? If so, in iMindMap, you can use the Expand and Collapse feature to hide and reveal branches to test yourself.
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07 Apr 2014

Mind Mapping in Leadership with Justin Miles

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“Mind Maps break down the most complex of problems into core components. That’s why it works so well for businesses where there are usually multiple factors to take into consideration. With Mind Maps, you can add layers, importance, details and consider tangents and consequences in greater depth.”

Justin Miles: Leadership and Mind Mapping

In this guest post, we’re speaking again with Justin Miles, who featured in ThinkBuzan’s blog post ‘Taking Mind Maps to the Arctic and back’ in February 2013.

Justin is a professional explorer who uses his expedition experiences as a backdrop for his work in the corporate arena where he is a management consultant, specialising in organisational behaviour and marketing communications.
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03 Apr 2014

Mind Mapping for Force Field Analysis

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Force Field Analysis is a decision making technique used and developed by Kurt Lewin during his work as a social psychologist. It provides a framework that helps identify the factors that influence a situation, originally applied to social situations. His theory was then broadened by John R. P. French, a Professor Emeritus in Psychology, who related it to the workplace.

How does it work?

The technique is used to gain an overview for a potential organisational change, and the reasons for/against it, to aid the decision making process.

First of all, any factors of the decision that might affect the business must be identified, whether they are for it or against it. Then, each factor will be assessed and scored based on its impact on all aspects of the business.

The purpose of the technique is not only to decide whether or not to go ahead with the decision, but also to increase its chances of success by strengthening the factors supporting it and weakening those against it.

Force Field Analysis Overall Map

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03 Apr 2014

iMindMap Tricks – Presentations

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Welcome to the first post in a new series of ‘iMindMap Tricks’. If you don’t know me, I am Owen Hardy, Senior Trainer at ThinkBuzan and long-time user of iMindMap (starting all the way back with Version 1 of iMindMap). Through years of trial and error, playing with features and helping in the development of the software, I have learnt a variety of tricks that I am going to be sharing with you that I hope you will find useful.

This week we are going to look at how you can use the box-branch feature to enhance your presentations. If you have lots of existing PowerPoint or Keynote presentations that you have created over the years, I will show you how using the box-branches within iMindMap is a quick and easy way to combine your existing PowerPoint slides into your Mind Maps.

It’s really visual for the audience, easy to do and will save you time as you can re-use your existing presentation slides.

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02 Apr 2014

The secret to successful project planning

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ThinkBuzan Project Planning article

Businesses know all too well what it is like to see initiatives that are over budget and behind schedule. So, what can you do to stop your project plan going astray?
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02 Apr 2014

Mind Mapping for Pre and Post-Assessment

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Classroom with Teacher and StudentsAmong Mind Mapping’s many uses in education is its ability to be used for the pre and post-assessment of students. Minds Maps aid our comprehension and memory, making them the ideal tool for measuring a student’s level of understanding of a topic before and after it’s taught.

Mind Maps are enjoyable to create and engaging for everyone; the non-linear layout and use of images and colours make them perfect for visual and kinaesthetic thinkers*. The radiant structure encourages students to branch out with more ideas and more connections when capturing what they have learnt.
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24 Mar 2014

Mind Mapping for SWOT analysis

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SWOT analysis and Mind Mapping

The SWOT analysis is a technique that has been widely used by individuals and businesses to review information before making a decision. It allows you to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in generating new ideas, making decisions or starting a business venture.
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17 Mar 2014

Six Thinking Hats with Mind Mapping

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When trying to solve a business problem, we tend to look at the situation through one perspective, and that’s our own. This can be limiting for our creativity, and therefore damaging to the overall progress of our business. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a great technique for breaking away from a narrow point of view as it encourages us to look at the problem from many different angles, and experiment with different approaches.

You may be familiar with this technique already, but have you tried doing it with Mind Mapping? The outward radiating branches of a Mind Map encourage your mind to make associations and generate more ideas from each thought you add. Having a clear and visual overview of your ideas for a solution means you are also able to spot the gaps in your analysis, and therefore the areas that need more attention.
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