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This course teaches you how to use mind maps to increase personal productivity. You’ll learn how to save time on any task that requires planning, preparation, and clarity. You'll learn the important principles of mind mapping and HOW and WHY this tool enhances learning, understanding, and memory
By following this course step-by-step, and not trying to rush ahead, you'll ensure that you are able to maximise the effectiveness of the technique, streamline your thought processes and thereby become more productive.
You'll be taught how to develop and use this powerful productivity tool in a unique and effective way.
Master the Skill of Mind Mapping
Contents and Overview
Your verbal-numeric working memory can only juggle 3 or 4 complex ideas at any one time. Mind mapping allows you to extend this by adding spatial and visual-spatial working memory into the working memory mix.
Worth repeating: By following this course step-by-step, and not trying to rush ahead, you'll ensure that you are able to maximise the effectiveness of the technique, streamline your thought processes and thereby become more productive.
A quiz to assess your understanding about some of the key benefits of Mind Mapping
Test your understanding about Learning and the Brain
See how much you have gleaned about the book
Watch Barry Mapp speaking live to a group of management consultants about memory.
Barry shares a very simple model about how our memory works and then he carries out an experiential exercise to show that the memory does indeed seem to work in the way the model predicts. When you view this video follow the instructions given to the consultants, do the exercise alongside them and you will learn some new things about how YOUR memory works. This is Part One - the exercise concludes in part two.
The reason for including this video in this Mind Mapping Course is that it demonstrates (amongst other things) the power of key (or 'trigger') words to help the brain recall information. One way of looking at a Mind Map is that it is a network of closely associated keywords (arranged hierarchically) and this helps to quickly retain and then recall information.
Part 2 of the Live presentation delivered to a group of management consultants where you discover the importance of 'trigger words' for accessing your temporary or permanent 'memory cache'
In Part 1 (lecture 21) Barry gave you twenty pairs of words. Please now continue with the memory exercise in this video (which should be viewed within 24 hours of watching Part 1 for maximum effect) where Barry helps you to 'recover' nearly all of the information.
This lecture starts with Barry talking briefly about long and short term memory. He then concludes the memory exercise demonstrating that most of the information delivered can be recalled effortlessly as he uses the first word of each pair to 'trigger' the second word. The idea is that you join in with this exercise alongside the consultants and you shout out the associated words if they come immediately to mind.
This lecture divulges the fifth secret for effective learning and that is to start integrating the key principles before you get to the more tricky bits (as becoming competent in the key fundementals will help when you're faced with greater complexity).
BONUS: There is also now a downloadable pdf document (in RESOURCES) summarising important aspects of human memory and study skills together with a separate paper on keyword selection. (These two articles are also available to students of my course on Preparing and Delivering Lectures without a Script as these topics are relevant to both courses)
This lecture divulges the seventh secret of effective learning that practice is important in order to develop competence and that its practice that makes permanent and so it must be correct practice in order to develop good habits and only you can do the practice (if someone else does it for you then they, not you, develop the competence).
Also for those students who are interested in integrating mind mapping into their own personal study programme, I've included here a document on Study Skills. This document is taken from a programme that was run by Birmingham University (where I was a visiting lecturer) back in 2004 and the project finished a couple of years ago. I produced the sections on Memory,Learning, Study and Mind Mapping. Much of the material on memory is already covered in the course - the material on study skills and mind mapping begins on page 10 of the document. Although the guidance was produced in 2004 it is all still very relevant today.
Check these questions when you review your maps
In this talk Barry Mapp briefs a group of Civil Engineers about the many benefits of mind mapping for Project Managers.
Part 1 of the workshop covers the benefit of Mind Mapping for Project Managers, the difference between circular lists and mind mapping, and how a mind map can summarise an engineering curriculum. Barry also shows how to summarise up to 21 points using fewer than 10 branches
In Part 2 of this workshop Barry covers the importance of clear communication for Project Managers, advises on the number of branches on a Mind Map and and talks about the usefulness of chunking up information in order to reduce the number of categories and therefore the number of main branches on the map.
I'm a speaker, trainer, and personal development coach based in the UK with a special interest in the brain, accelerated learning and people development. My present focus is developing high quality, simple, innovative, life-skills based, video e-learning courses. I now have over 16,000 students in more than 150 countries - this is the reach and power of e-learning.
My 'MIND MAPPING - SMART WORKING' Course is currently the NUMBER ONE Personal Development course in the mind mapping niche, with more than twice the number of enrollments and ten times the number of four and five-star reviews compared to the next most popular course. A course that's genuinely worth paying that little bit extra for.
A bit of background information about me:
I've worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK, and also in the corporate and SME sector, working with students, teachers, apprentices, managers and leaders. My background is actually in clinical science where I ran an NHS Clinical Biochemistry Department in a District General Hospital and I was also a Quality Consultant to my local hospitals and local Health Authority. I also have an active interest in Health and Healing.
Back in 1996, after training in 'mental literacy' with Tony Buzan (the inventor of Mind Mapping), I set up my own training company the House of Learning. A year later, I put some of my new skills to the test and competed in the World Memory and the World Speed Reading Championships (silver medal position in the latter). Altogether, I have 20 years experience working in the personal development sector and in the field of business leadership. I am also a teacher and practitioner of Reiki and I have a Udemy course about the 'Science of Healing'
'Mind' Mapping - Smart Working - Creating Effective Mind Maps' was my first course in this marketplace and I now also have a 'Smart Learning' and a 'Smart Speaking' course. Many of my students have English as a second language. I have launched three new courses in 2017 and there are two more courses on the way for Summer - then I'll take a breather I think!