ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor: Carl Peters
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Accredited: London, UK, 2011
In this guest post, Carl Peters reveals how he prepared and delivered the official ThinkBuzan Mind Mapping Practitioner course at The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The European Commission had a requirement for their staff to be trained in Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping technique and in order to deliver the training, Carl had to undergo a rigorous application process to become an EC Registered Trainer. His official ThinkBuzan accreditation and specialised training in Mind Mapping helped give him the credibility to meet the Commission’s criteria.
“The Practitioner resources were engaging, packed with examples and a very good Powerpoint presentation. The resources were easily adaptable and I was able to use my own knowledge to build on the information and tailor it to meet the needs of the European Commission.”
Carl reviewed the Mind Mapping Practitioner course content, provided to ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructors, and decided that he needed to grasp the new content in the most efficient way possible. He started by breaking down the course content into summary Mind Maps using iMindMap. These individual Mind Maps formed an overview of each section in the Practitioner manual.
Individual Mind Maps were created for each section of the course
Carl cut them out and arranged the maps together with the main aim of seeing the bigger picture but also to assess the direction the course would take. Adding coloured lines connected the maps and differentiated them on the page.
“I needed to understand the new information before teaching it to others. The process of working with the physical Maps and putting them together helped me to implant the contents into my brain in a structured way.”
“This course overview Mind Map was taped onto the book case in my office and I was able to review it constantly.”
The course delegates were from academic, scientific and administrative roles within the European Commission (EC). Even though the delegates worked within different areas of the EC, Mind Mapping is an adaptable technique which can be introduced across the board. They planned to use Mind Mapping for note taking, instructional communication, group workshops and even to create interesting visual notices.
As part of the morning session, the delegates drew and presented many Mind Maps which were presented on a pin board for comparison and discussion. During the lunch break, they viewed a slide show of example Mind Maps which led to a round of questions about Mind Mapping and, in particular, the iMindMap software.
At the end of the workshop, Carl certified the delegates as official ThinkBuzan Practitioners in Mind Mapping. He found from the Practitioner feedback form that delegates were eager to undertake more training and implement iMindMap at the institute. He is now planning to follow up with the iMindMap Practitioner course.
*Unfortunately, no photographs of the training session could be taken as the training took place in a high security area within the European Commission.