Monday, May 29, 2006

MindMapping - A Creative Tool to add to your Toolbox

Looking for a tool to suport you in your next program design or marketing? Try MindMapping. This great tool, originally developed by Tony Buzan in the 1970s, has powerful relevance for any coach or professional who is looking to break through creative blocks, or to see program development and marketing in a different light.

Here's an exercise for you to try. Take out a blak piece of paper and in the center draw a circle. In the center of the circle put the topic or name of a Group Coaching Program you are thinking to develop. For the next five minutes, write down evertying that comes to mind about this program, drawing one line extending out from the center of the circle (almost like rays of the sun) for each sub-topic (for example, exercises, content, marketing strategy, audience, venue etc). For each new idea in these sub-topics, create lines extending off of that line. we've got five minutes to create!

Welcome back! How was that? Whether I am using this tool with coaches who are creating their own program, clients who are wanting to get unstuck or clear on an issue, or even entrepreneurs who are wanting to create their business plan, I never cease to be amazed at the power of this tool.

You can MindMap freehand, or also put it on computer. MindJet has a great computer MindMapping tool and a free 21 day trial offer. You can visit them at As you will see from their website the application of the tool is endless!

I'd enjoy hearing from you regarding your experience with MindMapping. What evolved? Any surprizes? What became clear? Click the comment link below and share your thoughts!

Happy MindMapping,

The next Group Coaching Essentials program starts next Monday at 6:45 pm (EST). If you are looking for new tools, templates, techniques and resources for your next Group Coaching program, then join me for our next teleseminar program. We'll be meeting on June 5, 12, 19 and 26th, plus one date in late July/early August for a follow-up call. Course size is limited to eight coaches to ensure individualized focus. To register contact me toll free at 1-866-217-1960 or by email.

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized

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