Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

20
May

Combine Concept Mapping and Task Mapping for The Ultimate Business Travel Plan

For a lot of us, going on a business trip is “double trouble”, partly because preparing for this is unlike preparing for a family trip and partly because you need to get in shape for business meetings and presentations. In both cases, being well-prepared is the key, and it will give you that sense of confidence of having things under control. And how to get organized the right way, you might ask? We’ll, there are two things you should definitely consider if you want a solid business travel plan.

Plan everything with time management in mind. This will make you focus on your trip’s priorities. Use concept maps for individual or even team brainstormings to put together all business-related to-dos.
 Start from the core – your business trip, and enumerate all the main points that you need to cover before and during the trip. As the goal is to keep the map as easy to follow as it can be, you can split the main points into different branches, giving different colours to personal and work-related stuff.  Add details in subtopics, like packing clothes, tickets, passport, and money. You can also connect related topics and label the connections to make everything more straightforward.
In the end, you’ll have all information, schedules and to-dos on the same page, yet clearly organized. It’s as quick and efficient as that.

Find a simple way to keep track of all your to-dos, up to the smallest detail. For example, our task maps let you create structured to-do lists, that you can share with your colleagues/employees/personal assistant. Each task from the list is assignable, and setting a deadline for it will help you monitor the progress. You can also give detailed instructions per each task in the comments section.  This way you and your team will know, at any given point, the status of your preparations, what’s left to be done, who needs to do it, and if you have to speed things up.

Planning with the aid of  concept maps or task maps is very simple, and it helps you keep everything in one place in an organized fashion: from objectives and  due dates, to schedules and locations. So, if you aim for stress-free, yet accurate business travel planning, Mindomo is a real helper.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

26
April

Build A Product Presentation With Concept Mapping

 

Let’s say you need to do a product presentation, the first thing you do is a sketch, right? So, why not use concept maps from the beginning? This way you will get a visual display of the whole story in one single page.
First step: identifying the main idea. This will be the title of your ‘message map’, so keep it short if possible. Our example is a strong line to point out the product’s good quality/price report.

Second step: find a few main ideas that branch out of your central idea, same as you would do with a statement when you need to support it with arguments. At this point you’ll give a frame to your presentation and, in the same time, you’ll give more details about the product. From our example you can see that Edifice is a sophisticated, first-class watch, using an advanced technology.

Third, to every main section you should  link concrete examples, data, graphics. We briefly explained what makes Edifice’s  design so special, its quality so reliable and its technology so outstanding. That’s how you’ll manage to communicate the benefits of your product in a way that’s simple, clear, and  concise:

If you have any other ideas on how your marketing strategy can benefit from the use of concept mapping, feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

26
August

Keeping your mind maps organized

If you have been mind mapping like crazy, and your friends and colleagues also shared their maps with you,  you might want to know how to put everything in order.

A handy solution is to organize your maps into folders.
This way you can classify maps according to their importance (e.g. separate work-related maps from personal development maps).
Also, you can put your shared maps into folders, a folder for each person that has been sharing maps with you.

Check out this video about this time-saving feature, then try it and let us know how it works for you.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

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31
July

Quick Tip: Copying Branches Between Maps

Normally, when you copy a branch, Mindomo copies the plain text outline format of the branch.
If you want to fully copy a branch with all its links, images, notes and other resources, follow these steps: 

1. Click on the branch you wish to copy
2. Press CTRL+C
3. In the lower left side, you will see a popup panel with tips. Select ‘Click here’.

4. Press CTRL+C again

 

5. Go to other map, and select the branch where you want to paste the content.
6. Press CTRL+V

 

There you go! Easy like a Sunday morning! 😀

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

13
February

Using Mindomo Courses In Your Classes

If you use mind maps for lesson planning and delivering the learning material, but you also want students to create maps of their own, you should definitely try Mindomo Courses. Here’s WHY:

1. You can give students written instructions on each mind map assignment.
Students often feel that mind mapping is difficult because they don’t know where to start. If you make suggestions on how they should structure their maps and what elements to focus on, you will make it easier for them to build their maps.


2. You can add resources like mind maps, documents, videos, and photos.

The more you add brief, visual resources, the more you can help students understand their learning material and work on their assignments.

3. You have a section especially dedicated for notes. This way you can also ensure an in-depth exposition of the material you’ll be covering.

Give it a try and let us know if this works better for you than simple mind mapping. If not, tell us what went wrong. We’ll soon give you more info on creating mind map assignments within a Course.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team