Learn Mind Mapping Basics using MindManager (2014 version)
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Learn Mind Mapping Basics using MindManager (2014 version)

Be a super-productive Mind Mapper in under 2 hours.
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Created by Peter Urey
Last updated 8/2015
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Play with MindJet MindManager and decide if Mind Mapping is for you.
  • Experience all of the core functionality of MIndManager in order to gauge if and how it will apply in your own life.
  • View entire projects from a single screen.
  • Provide you with an alternative to traditional ways of handling work.
  • Demonstrate how colour, images and the view of all your ideas in a single place can unleash your full mental potential.
  • Add tasks, icons, resources, spreadsheets, notes, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, web pages and images to the map of your ideas.
  • Discover how to generate new ideas with MindJet Brainstorming tools.
  • Deliver better presentations with the Walk-through and Slideshow features.
  • Willingness to devote about 2 hours to exploring the concept and the product.
  • Basic skills with Windows or Mac will be a big help.
  • The learning process improves greatly if you play along with the lessons and exercises by downloading your own 30 day FREE trial.

Heard about Mind Mapping but not had time to play with the software?

Feel like there must be a way to get more from your Brain?

Want to have more fun with the way you handle your work?

If so then take this course - it was designed with you in mind.

Maps marry your logical mind with your creative abilities to keep your brain more stimulated.

We have an infinite capacity for remembering images so we link graphics to ideas to boost memory.

The brain has an infinite capacity to make creative connections. Maps of your thoughts opens up linkages.

The whole or "gestalt" view relaxes the brain. Seeing the Big Picture feels like everything under control.

Using a simple scenario, making a training course, we demonstrate the features and benefits of MindJet's MindManager.

Learn by following the course with MindJet's 30 day FREE trial. Get practical experience. It takes about 2 hours to complete with three simple exercises to build your first map.

Things you will achieve:

  • See and work on all your ideas from a single screen.
  • Add graphics to your work to make it more memorable.
  • Link to websites, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Visio for a complete view of the world without switching applications.
  • Add tasks and view them in a Project Workflow or Gantt Chart.
  • Make creative connections and brainstorm for innovative insights using prompts. if you get stuck.
  • Deliver more compelling presentations with Walk-through and Slideshow.
  • Navigate your map as it builds, search for specific elements, personalise the colours and backgrounds.
  • Share your ideas with others in a wide range of different ways.

Make the mental shift to mapping and achieve more from your most important asset - your Brain.

Who this course is for:
  • People with some initial awareness of what Mind Mapping can achieve but who have not been able to spend time playing with the real product.
  • Those giving serious attention to their personal productivity and seeking a quantum shift in performance.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 01:43:39
+ Introduction - Getting Started
3 lectures 07:38

MindManager has been with us since 1998. It enables the two sides of our brains - creative and logical - to work better together and exploit our unlimited potential for generating new ideas.

It also brings imagery into routine tasks which dramatically improves memory.

Using MindJet's 30 day FREE trial we will get you playing and learning by using the MindManager on a simple case study to build a Udemy course.

Most importantly, it helps prevent work from ever getting dull.

Preview 03:48
30 Day Free trial

Launching from the Mindjet icon. MindJet services. Pre-prepared templates. The Central Topic. Don't forget the 30 Day Free Trial. The Central Topic is the start point for a map and all your ideas relating to it will build out as topics and sub-topics of the main subject. This helps you to break a big idea down into it's component parts.

Preview 03:11
+ Build the Big Picture from the Central Topic
5 lectures 14:24

Adding and Deleting Main Topics. It all starts from here. Start with the very top line idea and then break it down into it's parts and then add increasing levels of fine detail.

The Central Topic is for example the title of the novel you plan to write, the name of the product you are selling or the application which you are building. It will also be the default file name of your map.

Later on add an image to the Central Topic to boost your motivation and creativity.

Adding Main Topics

Adding, deleting and hiding sub-topics at multiple levels. Sub-topics are the place to add details. Think of it like a tree. The Central Topic and Main Topics are the trunk and branches. The sub-topics are the twigs and leaves. This way they do not overwhelm you and you can feel more in control.

Adding Sub-Topics with Exercise 1 with Word doc

Move topics around the map and between levels of detail. The Undo and Redo feature. Edit text within topics including the removal of line breaks. Become comfortable moving around the workspace. You should never feel boxed in. The map is as infinite as your Brain.

Moving and Editing Topics

Capture ideas as they occur to you as Floating Topics which can later be brought into the map. Draw attention to elements in a topic with Callouts.

Once your ideas start to flow you are bound to get some thoughts which are not directly linked to the Central Topic. Don't forget those thoughts. Quickly grab them as Callouts and come back to them later or move them to other maps.

The most important thing is to generate ideas in a state of relaxed flow knowing that you cam structure them later.

Floating Topics and Callouts
+ Add graphics to tell a memorable story
5 lectures 14:20

Images will make your map more fun to work with and improve your recall of the elements within it. We have an unlimited capacity to remember images. The more graphics and images you append to a topic the easier it is for the Brain to bring it back to mind.

This is more compelling than working with lists and wordy documents. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Preview 03:06

You have plenty of options for making your images fit neatly into topics alongside relevant text. This section is about your personal preferences in viewing your graphics. Make it work for you.

Aligning Images in Topics

Adding icons to topics can help turn the map into a story through which the eye can be guided. You make up the rules to suit your purpose. Develop your own interpretation of the icons. They can be used in any way you see fit to embellish the story that your map is telling. We engage with ideas more when they are expressed in a story like way.

Adding Icons to Topics to tell a story

Add Tags, Resources and Numbers to topics to aid the flow of the eye across the map.

Numbering is a personal preference and you can always add numbering after the map settles into the way you would like it but the numbering will adapt and alter as you move and delete topics. You will never get out of sequence.

Tags, Resources and Numbering

Boundaries make groups of topics stand out and organise the map visually. Relationships link ideas between topics. As a map increases in complexity it becomes more important to make parts of the map more visually discrete according to your objectives. It's all about personal preference but as your thoughts get more solid the boundaries can be a good way of seeing the wood for the trees in a map.

Boundaries and Relationships
+ Adding Notes, Files and Weblinks to Topics
3 lectures 09:59

Two different ways to capture the written word and make it available as an attachment to a topic. Wide range of Microsoft file types available. You always have the option to keep adding sub-topics to a map but if you have a large amount of text to work with Notes and Files are your best option. They can always be easily hidden.

Adding Notes and Files

Add weblinks to topics. Here we link the Core Content topic to the Udemy Curriculum Builder. Ready for the 30 Day FREE Trial yet? With an in-built browser you can remain connected to the web and link your research and key sites directly to your topics. Being able to do this from the single map view eliminates the need to switch between applications and the web for improved productivity.

Preview 03:14

Encouragement on reaching the half way point. Well Done! Talk to me if you need help!

Mid-way Motivator
+ Tasks and Project Plans
5 lectures 09:33

Complete this short exercise to populate the map with topics off which we can hang task information. Then proceed to the next video lecture.

Preview 7 pages

Two ways to add dates, priorities and progress updates to topics. Using the Task Pane to add Task Info. This is the place where we start to connect our emerging ideas with a plan of action.

MindManager allows you to capture your thoughts and see a structure to your ideas emerge and then convert the ideas into activities to achieve results. Many pure brainstorming tools don't allow for this crtitcal stage in the process.

Adding Tasks to Topics

Linking tasks to the resources required to complete them. Changing the Resources Marker name. Alongside tasks you are able to record a note of the things that you will need to complete you tasks. This is a good way to start linking a project to your budgets.

Adding Resources

Familiarisation in adding Tasks and Resources in preparation for building a Gantt Chart or Project Workflow.

Preview 4 pages

Convert Tasks and Resources attached to topics into a Gantt Chart or Project Workflow. The Gantt chart and the map work interactively together. This is the perfect way to keep on top of your activities and take the line of least resistance through them all.

In the Advance menus you will be able to connect with other Project management applications but for now we are sticking with the basics.

Project Workflows or Gantt Charts
+ Creative Ideas Generation
2 lectures 09:34

Brainstorm for ideas around a topic. Use MindManager's prompt cards to stimulate fresh thinking and then categorize and refine your flow of thoughts.

The prompt functions are the sort of tools used in the top creative agencies to get ideas flowing. They may seem odd at first but at a deep level the Brain will sense connections between the prompts and the solutions to problems as they crop us in your work.

This function works particularly well in a group setting where several people are able to throw ideas into the fray without restraint. They can always be discarded and re-ordered later.

Preview 07:03

Subject your ideas to a wide range of analysis tools including SWOT and The Boston Matrix. This is going to appeal most to people who have had some experience with business analysis but they are easy to play with and after a bit of experimentation you will become as skilled as the best consultants in industry.

Analysis Tools
+ Spreadsheets and the Advanced Menu Bar
2 lectures 01:21

Add financial data to topics using the inbuilt spreadsheet or view ranges from Excel within the map. This is where the logical brain puts in a major appearance. For the financially astute nothing beats breaking down a project, line by line, to stay in control of cost.

Adding Spreadsheets to Topics

An overview of the Advanced Menu Options - how to add Properties to Topics and set up functions which will calculate values based on variables within topics. See more here- http://youtu.be/j5HxrwGbYMM

Mindjet videos are available to those wishing to explore in greater detail.
Outlook Integration - http://en.mindjet.com/video/outlook-integration/
Sharepoint Integration - http://en.mindjet.com/video/sharepoint-navigation/

Preview 4 pages
+ Navigating and Personalisation
2 lectures 08:53

Discover the ways to navigate through the map and to filter only those parts which are immediately relevant to your work. As maps increase in size, which they will as you get better at building them, then navigation becomes more important. After time it will become second nature to you. Build some scarily big maps and get used to whizzing around them.

Navigation Options

Change the appearance and layout of your map to suit your needs and aesthetic preferences. You are going to be spending a lot of time looking at your map so make it easy on your eye by selecting a Theme and Background that suits your mood and style.

Design and Personalisation
+ Presenting, Sharing and Saving
3 lectures 06:57

Turn topics into a Slideshow or a Walkthrough and export them to Powerpoint. A truly compelling way to explain your ideas to others. You can delve into your presentation in a way that other presentation tools simply can't touch. Experiment a few times first before you go live. Get used to moving backwards, forwards and into your story.

Preview 02:12

Save and share in a variety of file formats including PDF and Flash formats to enabling viewing in a web browser. Are you ready to work on your own now with the 30 Day FREE Trial?

File extensions for saving and exporting to the web and via email.

Pat yourself on the back. You've achieved a great deal.

You can now:

Create a map with a Central Topic.
Add Main and Sub-topic ideas to it.
Embellish your thoughts with images and icons.
Quickly re-organise your ideas.
Link you ideas to websites and external applications like Word and Excel.
Add spreadsheets to your topics.
Turn your ideas into tasks and view them in a Project Workflow.
Host a brainstorming session with creative prompts.
Test the quality of your ideas with Analysis Tools.
Present your work in an innovative way.
Make your work look cool and whizz around it with ease and then share it with others.


Keep in touch and if you haven't done so yet here's the link once again to your 30 day FREE trial.

Wrap up and Well Done.