Discover Freemind Mind Mapping Software
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Increase Business Productivity, Finish Your Projects, And Overcome Overwhelm With Mind Maps (Step-By-Step)
4.4 (23 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
317 students enrolled
Created by Bob Jenkins
Last updated 11/2013
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get more done in less time
  • Create simple and advanced mindmaps with ease
  • Benefit from existing mindmaps received from other courses
  • Shorten the learning curve of using Freemind mind mapping software
  • Create templates and systems for your business
  • Use Freemind to create supplemental mindmaps to support your own courses and programs
  • Use Freemind as a brainstorming tool for writing, speaking, creating products, delivering webinars and presentations
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  • PC (XP, Vista, Win7, or Win8) or Mac (any OS), although the course demonstrations are using a PC with Windows 8
  • Desire to improve productivity
  • Willingness to try a new habit
  • Freemind version 1.0.0 - download and installation instructions are in Module 3 of this course!

If you find your to-do list getting increasingly long and incomplete, you'll love taking this comprehensive course from Bob The Teacher.

Mind mapping is a simple and easy to adopt habit to increase your productivity and get more done. In this course, you'll learn how to use the free Freemind mindmapping software to get a handle on business projects, make decisions with greater confidence, and improve systems.

The course provides the foundations for using mindmaps while walking the student step-by-step through real-world applications of using Freemind. In addition to the basics, the course provides the student with all the hidden elements of maximizing the tools within the software. And don't worry if you don't have Freemind yet. I'll give you free access to the software in Module 3 and show you how to install it quickly.

You'll love how "in control" you start to feel once you see your own mindmaps unfolding before your eyes. Enjoy creating a virtual dashboard for your business, and eliminate the clutter of sticky-notes and scraps of paper that litter your desk!

Who is the target audience?
  • Small business owners who want to improve their productivity and project management
  • Trainers and workshop facilitators
  • Coaches and consultants
  • Authors who want an easier brainstorming tool
  • CEOs who want an easier time delegating tasks and creating systems
  • No previous mindmapping experience expected
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Getting Started Foundations
3 Lectures 17:21

FREE - I'll walk you through the purpose of this training and the path I'll take to teach you how to incorporate mind mapping into your every day life. I'll also share a bit about how I personally use Freemind and mind mapping in my own business as an example.

Preview 04:57

Not sure how mind mapping will help you increase your productivity, save you time, and get more done in your business and personal life? Watch this quick lecture and I'll leave you with no doubts about it!

Why Mindmapping Is A Crucial Productivity Strategy

Before you begin creating your own mindmaps, take a look at some examples from my own business in how I'm using them in a variety of ways: note-taking at conferences, systematizing repetitive marketing tasks, creating lead generating downloads, and long-range strategic planning.

Preview 09:22
The Basics Of Freemind Software For Creating Mindmaps
2 Lectures 13:25

Now you're ready to grab Freemind and set it up on your computer. This module walks you through downloading the software for free from and installing it on your PC. If you're using a Mac, I show where to find that version.

Preview 06:19

With Freemind installed, now what? Take a tour around the Freemind software, exploring the essential menus and how to create basic elements of your mindmap, including parent nodes, child nodes, sibling nodes, etc.

Freemind Software Orientation
Working With Your Own Mindmaps
4 Lectures 33:35

Get the hang of Freemind by first re-creating your to-do list as a mindmap. You'll quickly learn how easy it is to get control of the overwhelm you may be seeing in your business and life by re-arranging your tasks into streamlined categories.

Real World Practice

The basic formatting of your mindmap is not very inviting. In this module, I'll show you how to color your map and add emphasis for areas you want to draw attention to.

Formatting Your Mind Maps

One of the advantages mindmapping has over traditional pen-and-paper productivity tools is the ability to move things around without creating a scratched-out, crumpled-up mess. This module shows you how to move things around with your mouse or your keyboard.

Moving Things Around In Your Mindmap

Once you've created several nodes on your map, you'll want to be able to edit your map without deleting your work. Freemind can be tricky to use if you don't watch this module!

Editing Nodes Of Your Mind Map
Freemind Mastery For Increased Productivity And Systems
16 Lectures 58:36

Accelerate how fast you complete your mindmaps by using the right-click menu instead of the traditional menu at the top of the window. Plus, we'll explore the essential functions that make your mind maps even more useful.

Right-Click Menu Reveals Essential Options

Connect your mind maps to your other files and online resources with links. This module shows you how, and gives you ideas on when to use this function.

Add Links To Connect Your Mindmap To Files And Websites

Make your mind map even more visual with images. This module shows you how and a few warnings of this function in Freemind.

Add Images To Make Your Mindmap Stand Out

Want to connect related points in your map in multiple ways? This module shows you how, and when to avoid using this function.

Connect Nodes To Tell A Story With Your Mind Map

One of the biggest secrets of Freemind is revealed in this module: how to find lost mindmaps due to not saving! This one module (and the major headaches it will help you avoid) is worth the price of the course alone!

Rescuing Freemind Mindmaps When You Forget to Save

A huge time saver is revealed in this mindmap: how to take a list you've written in another text program and quickly convert it into a mindmap with multiple nodes for easier re-arranging and manipulation.

Convert Text To A Mindmap Quickly

Once you've created a mindmap, you may want to convert it into an outline (for yourself or for a client). This module shows you how to bring your map into Microsoft Word. You'll also see how to take a mindmap of a presentation and turn it into the basis for a PowerPoint presentation.

Convert Your Mindmap Into A Word Outline Or A PowerPoint Presentation

Show off your mind maps to clients, website visitors, and your community by exporting your map as an image or a PDF. Then you can include your map in a presentation, an ebook, regular book, or on a website.

Export Your Map As An Image Or PDF For Online Sharing

Want to take your mindmaps with you on the go and work with them on your smartphone or tablet? I'll show you the best resource for doing that in this module.

Mindmapping On Your Mobile Device

Once you use Freemind for a while, you may want to save time by customizing the default settings of the way your map looks and operates. This module walks you through how to do that!

Customize Your Freemind Default Mindmap

Cut your mindmapping time in half by learning essential keyboard shortcuts in the Freemind program.

Freemind Keyboard Shortcuts For Increased Productivity

Mindmapping is a skill and habit to develop. This module kickstarts your thinking about more ways to use this productivity software to make Freemind an essential part of your daily routine.

Accelerate Freemind Mastery Through Practice

Attendees of the live presentation of this course asked great questions. This module reveals my answers to those questions, which provides you with more tips to getting more out of the Freemind software.

Additional Tips For Working With Freemind

A common issue Freemind users face is working with different versions of mindmaps, especially when working with others who are using an older version of Freemind. This module shows you how to recognize this problem, and how to fix it.

Freemind Mindmap Error When Working With Older Versions Of Freemind

Attendees of the live presentation of this course asked more great questions. This module reveals my answers to those questions, which provides you with more tips to getting more out of the Freemind software.

Even More Tips For Working With Freemind

Now you're ready to rock with Freemind! This quick module ties a bow on the course.

Course Wrap Up
About the Instructor
Bob Jenkins
4.4 Average rating
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414 Students
2 Courses
Business Coach And Virtual Workshop Teacher

Since 2007, Bob has served as a business coach and online marketing trainer for thousands of coaches, entrepreneurs, and business leaders around the world. He loves helping coaches impact more people with less effort through leveraged online marketing strategies.

He’s the author of Take Action! Revise Later, and 21 Ways To Grow Your Coaching Business.

Bob's current courses published on Udemy are:

His upcoming Udemy courses support coaches, service professionals, and entrepreneurs in the areas of

  • Mindset and decision making
  • Using productivity tools to market a business
  • Leveraging online marketing tools.

In his previous life, Bob taught history to high school freshmen and world religions to seniors, while coaching a championship academic team at a Maryland high school. He has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Florida State Universities. He's a life-long Baltimore Orioles fan.

When he's not traveling and speaking at conferences, Bob enjoys all 4 seasons of life in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is a permanent faculty member at the Novice To Advanced Marketing Systems (NAMS) workshops, held semi-annually in Atlanta.

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