Ever had a ton of ideas, none of which seemed related to one another? You have an idea for your coaching program. Then up pops something about your finances.
Then you wonder if you could use your existing coaching process to create a digital product (maybe an ebook? Or Kindle? Or Home Study Course? Or????)
You throw them on bits of paper. Or maybe in a document file. Drop some notes in Evernote. Or forget them entirely because you didn’t know what to do with them.
And outlines drive you bonkers because they turn off the creative flow and force you into a left brain, orderly way way of organizing things.
Two minutes after you write “Roman Number I” you’ve completely forgotten what you were going to do, eh?
Boy, can I relate! And that’s where mind mapping, a visual “outlining” approach can really come in handy!
You can throw all sorts of ideas in there (in what are “nodes” if you want the techie term…I prefer bubbles, much less intimidating, eh?). You can rearrange to your heart’s content.
Heck you can even create other mind maps to hold the spare ideas that are popping up for a listen.
And some of the newer tools have all sorts of ways to collaborate, turn things into tasks and all sorts of “get ‘er done” type functions!
I have a course called TeleWhatevers™, designed for Teleseminar Virgins™ to start using this great tool in their business. Like most everything else I do, I use a cooking analogy (so handy since most of us have cooked something, even if it is a microwave meal). I created this mind map for the TeleWhatevers students to see, in a more visual way, what they were going to do. This one is a combination of a traditional mind map and a radial mind map (meaning you can click something and it pops into focus for you). It was created using 2 tools: FreeMind and SpicyNodes.
Do share in the comments below! What ideas popped up? Have a favorite tool already? Feel free to add it to this list? Looking for a tool to test out? Give one of these a try and come back and let me know what you think.
Have you used mind mapping for your business?
Do share your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comments below and let’s get that business of yours igKnighted!
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