I was recently reminded about the power of MindMaps during a program I was leading on Project Management. Many participants had not yet been exposed to what MindMaps were, and the glistening in their eyes when they got the Ah-ha was amazing.
MindMaps are a tool I use with individual clients when they are stuck or overwhelmed. It’s a great way for people to purge their ideas and get them out on paper.
I also use MindMaps to develop most of my group programs. I was reminded of the power of the tool for this purpose during this month’s Workshop and Retreat Essentials program, when current participants applied this tool to their own program development.
There are a number of applications for the use of MindMaps including:
* Project Management
* Creating new possibilities or opportunities
* To undertake a SWOT (for strategic planning for teams or small business owners)
* Program Development
* When clients are stuck or overwhelmed
You can use a simple piece of paper to have people create their own MindMap. For those more technically minded, you can also download a free trial of MindJet software at http://www.mindjet.com/.
For an earlier blog post I wrote on Mind Mapping click here.
I’d love to hear how you are using MindMapping and your experience with the tool. Feel free to post your comments below.
With best wishes,
Jennifer Britton, CPCC, CHRP, CPT
Group Coaching Essentials
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