Monday, 24 September 2007

Graphic Workshop Template

imageHere is an example of a graphical template used as a handout during a workshop. After some preliminary work, the group were asked to work in pairs to draft a marketing message using the handout. The completed templates were gathered back in and after the workshop were consolidated into a single set of messages. This was done using MindManager.

What Is Our Initial Market Message The final version was published to the team as a PDF. This map includes graphical elements from the original hand drawn template to retain the theme used in the workshop.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Presentation Handouts

Seminars At a recent meeting, the group was given an excellent presentation on planning seminars by John Basinger (Business Continuity Consultants). The presentation was accompanied by PowerPoint slides and handouts were given at the end. The handouts were a traditional set of the slides notes and, more interestingly, a one-page summary as a mind map. Recipients now have the choice as to how they recall and access the key information from the presentation.

The map was created using Map it!. Thanks to Harry Hodgson (Hodgson Consulting) for kindly allowing the map to be published.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

6 Thinking Hats

Andrew Wilcox of Cabre has published some notes on using Edward de Bono's 6 Thinking Hats in conjunction with MindManager to run workshops. Andrew writes:

SixThinkingHats"In applying this process Cabre has found that no voice at the meeting dominates. New ideas always come up in the Green Hat and surprise the attendees. It is as useful with a large group as it is with a one to one coaching session."

See the full article at the Cabre website and download a 6 Thinking Hats MindManager template. There is also a sample workshop output here.

Many thanks to Andrew for making this available.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Marketing Copy Made Easy

Recently I needed to create a flyer for my business in a hurry; to outline the key features and benefits. FeaturesAndBenefitsI got my thoughts out very quickly using MindManager and then used the tool to group the ideas. A further quick review of the map led me to the key topics and my thoughts were arranged a final time under the topic headings.

FandBflyer From the resulting map I was able to create the copy I needed in next to no time. In fact I spent more time on formatting the document than I did on the copy.

This time saving and creative process has been discussed widely. See Roger C. Parkers Design to Sell web site for more and download Mindmapping for Marketeers and Writers. There is even a user-created video of the creative process accessible via the MindManager Users forum on Ning here.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Manage Information Using Drag and Drop

Whilst collating Anjum Anand's Indian recipes using MindManager (see earlier posting 'Style Comparison' here) I discovered that such maps can be created using drag and drop from Windows Explorer.

I have been creating such maps the hard way its seems. I have been working from the MindManager map and creating a topic for each item I wish to hyperlink to. Then I have been adding the hyperlinks by right clicking and browsing for the file using the hyperlink dialogue.

DragNDrop InformationManagement When building the recipe map I created a new map first, with only a central topic and then minimised the window. This gave me access to another window displaying the folder holding the recipe files. In this window I selected and held down the cursor a recipe and dragged it over to the MindManager map until I got a link from the central topic. When I let go of the mouse button, MindManager created a new topic, using the file name of the recipe, complete with hyperlink. When all the recipes were added I created some new topics on the map to help me organise the recipes by main ingredient. Simple and quick.

This simple demonstration confirms the power of MindManager to organise and manage information.

Style Comparison

This posting includes two maps used to collate recipes.

100_1153 The first is hand-drawn and includes rich, hand-drawn graphics. Its purpose is to draw together recipes from different books and to group them by ingredient or recipe type. The references to the recipes are page numbers and are colour coded by author. You can see the key in the top left hand side.

The second map is a Mind Manager map. It too pulls together recipes from different sources although this time they are all by the same food writer. The recipes were found on the internet and printed as image files to my desktop (using Repligo). They were then linked to the central topic as Anjum Anand's Recipeshyperlinks and I added images from the websites where available. An alternative approach is to have created hyperlinks to the web pages themselves.