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Tony Buzan visits home of Mind Mapping to lead ThinkBuzan training courses

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Last December the iMindMap team were delighted to welcome Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Mapping to our headquarters and the home of Mind Mapping, Tec Marina, in Penarth, Cardiff.

Tony, who is very much involved with the creation and delivery of our training courses, was in town to host our last ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor courses of the year. Creativity was definitely in the air as course delegates worked their way to an official TLI accreditation in Mind Mapping, Memory Skills and Speed Reading, with Tony guiding them the whole way through.

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3 unusual uses for Mind Mapping to enhance your performance at work

Mind Mapping is a world-renowned technique for brainstorming, organising, studying, presenting, managing projects and much more. Mind Maps are infinitely versatile and have many applications, even some that are less obvious. Here are three less common ways to use Mind Maps in the workplace that you might not have considered.

1. Remember every detail of your phone calls

We’ve all been there – trying to keep up with our phone conversation whilst scribbling down important details on our notepads. If you can’t keep up with the flow of the discussion and you’re missing key points as a result, you need a method for capturing information quickly. Next time you make an important call, Mind Mapping your conversation will help you to remember every detail and record vast quantities of information with ease.

Phonecalls

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7 everyday challenges Mind Mapping can help you to overcome

Mind Mapping can be applied to any task to help you think with clarity and boost your understanding and performance. When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, you will find that your life becomes more productive, creative and stress-free on every level. The number of uses Mind Mapping has are endless. Here are seven everyday challenges that Mind Mapping can help you to overcome.

1. Remember every detail

If you’re struggling to remember key information, useful ideas and important facts, try using a Mind Map to give your memory a boost. Through the use of short, memorable keywords, Mind Maps chunk information into core themes, which trigger connections in the brain to help you remember more. To recall specific pieces of information in your Mind Map, make them stand out using colour. Changing the colour of the branches links the visual with the logical and creates mental shortcuts to boost your memory. Adding images will also improve your ability to recall information. They’re processed instantly by the brain, so you’re more likely to remember them than long sentences. Personalising your Mind Maps with images and colours strengthens your connection with its content to help you remember every detail. Read more.

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4 ways to conquer information overload with Mind Mapping

 

According to a recent survey, a shocking 94% of knowledge workers have at some point felt overwhelmed by information to the point of powerlessness. A 2012 study by the University of California suggests that current data levels are the equivalent of everyone consuming 12 hours of information each day. In practice, that means that three quarters of our time is spent receiving information – no wonder we are all getting overwhelmed! Too much information can significantly diminish our attention span and focus, not to mention hinder our ability to be creative. The impact on individuals varies from simple time-wasting to serious stress. For organisations, this can result in a damaging loss of productivity. But fear not. You can transform crushing quantities of information into something meaningful and give your brain the freedom to think using our Mind Mapping technique.

Here’s how…

1.Cut down clutter to find the facts

Add keywords to branches

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Enjoy a successful start to 2017 with iMindMap 10

2017 is here, and iMindMap 10 has been released just in time to help you plan for a strong start to the new year. This time of year is ideal for goal setting. iMindMap 10’s five views – Fast Capture, Mind Map, Presentation, Brainstorm and Time Map – each offer a unique work space for you to spark, develop and execute your greatest ideas into new year successes.

 

Fast Capture View

Fast Capture View: Explore every initial thought

Create some extra head space by getting all your ideas, hopes, opportunities and ambitions for the year out onto an infinite blank canvas. Make sense of initial thoughts by colour categorising your bubbles and adding unique cover images. Fast Capture’s self-organising bubbles give you the freedom to input thoughts without over-thinking, helping you to get started and simply let ideas flow. You can save your Fast Capture creation and add to it throughout the year, or export your creation as an image to print or share with others. From this point, you can select the ideas that you are ready to develop further for goal reaching success.

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