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By Markus Bärlocher at de.wikipedia (Markus Bärlocher) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

SPI #5 – The Power of Mind Maps

We are still in October 2008, Pat is not yet imagining his future success – I have still to catch up with five years of blog posts …

Blog entry #5 – How to sort your ideas to know what actually to do? Mind Maps!

  • Take a big sheet of paper, start in the center with a topic.
  • Branch out radially to what comes in mind about the topic.
  • Continue, do not judge or edit during mind mapping.
  • Use different colors, images, symbols, codes, dimensions.

That does not mean you are done yet. But your thoughts are documented. Instead of always thinking about them, going in circles, your head is free to be productive. … and you actually started!

Do you need to be an expert to sell your products/ideas?

I always thought so, but … If you are offering something people want, they will buy it. If you need proof visit YouTube …

Back to mind maps, the comments share a couple of links, if you do not want to waste paper:


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XMind is a free tool, with the option to pay for extended functionality like exporting to PDF or special modes and encryption. Even the free version supports multiple diagram styles starting from basic mind maps, over fish bone charts to gantt charts. Or you can integrate it into your Eclipse environment …

By ThinkBuzan [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
iMindMap @ ThinkBuzan
iMindMap is another highly praised tool. It comes in a variety of flavors. There is an online application, one for desktops, and a mobile version. The online and the mobile app versions are free but limited to syncing five mind maps to the “cloud”. The desktop version is available as free trial.

… and wikipedia reference to many more … I guess I will have to check them in the future …

Wondering who this Pat, mentioned above, is?


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