Author Archives: Marco Bertolini

XMind Pro : try a new dimension of professional mindmapping with 40% reduction !

Maybe you noticed it already : we love XMind !

Why is that ?  Well, there are lots of reasons :

  • easy to learn
  • ergonomics : all functions are at your fingertips in a very handy dashboard that you discover in a glimpse
  • countless graphic functions like : colours, branches shapes and thickness, images, etc.
  • different formats : Mindmaps, Fishbones, Spreadsheets…
  • easy integration of links, notes, icones, images…
  • focus on one topic or a group of topics
  • spell checker
  • filters and legends
  • etc.

All this for free !

If you don’t have it yet, you can download your XMind 3.2.1 from  the links in this article.  See below). (Click  on the mindmap to see it on XMind.net).

But do you know you could do much more ?

If you buy XMind Pro, you can also use :

  • brainstorming and presentation modules
  • encryption for the protection of your data
  • private maps accessible only to you and collaborators you selected
  • Gantt Charts for an optimal project management
  • unlimited export to PDF, Word, PowerPoint
  • mapshot : take a snapshot of a map or a part of it and export it as an image in another document
  • merge : merge several maps from you or your collaborators
  • gallery : easily integrate  professional quality  images
  • tasks info : visualize in a glimpse who is responsible for a task, when it starts or is over, etc.
  • design your own themes : you can use them as default colours, shapes, lines, etc.  for all your documents…



The Chistmas promotion is over (Guess why !)

but you can still buy Your Mindmapping software Here !

Click on the PayPal button here below :

As soon as we get your payment, we send you an activation code and you can instantly use your new software professional features.

Don’t you have your own XMind software, yet ?

Download it for free, here !  Choose your Operating System :


For Windows : click here !

For Mac OS : click here !

For Ubuntu or Debian : click here !

For Ubuntu or Debian 64 : click here !

For portable version (all OS on your USB key) : click here !


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Self-evaluation grid from European Common Frame of Reference

Do you plan to apply for a job in Europe ?  Or to study in Europe ?  Or simply to improve your level of language ?

Today, we offer you a free and very handy downloadable tool !

This is the self-evaluation grid that experts designed for the European Common Frame of Reference for Languages.  It allows you to self-evaluate your skill levels in any language.

Students in classroom

So, before you subscribe for a language course or move to any European country, you can read the different items related to the level of understanding, speaking and writing skills.

This tool can also help you to fill in your CV correctly!  Yes, more often than not, I read what’s written on very brilliant and interesting CV’s :

  • English : mother language,
  • Italian : school level,
  • Spanish : good.

All this doesn’t mean anything for your future boss !  So, instead of these generalities, fill in your CV with clear statements like :

  • Italian : I can understand the main points of a clear standard speech, I can write standard business letters, and I can take an active part in familar professional context.

Doesn’t it sound more professional ?

You can read, dowload, share, print and embed the following document.  For a more comfortable reading, click on fullscreen and then adjust the zoom by clicking on the magnifying glass below, on the left.

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Virtual Job Fair : Monster goes back in September !

If you like travelling without moving from your bedroom, this Monster Virtual Job Fair is just for you.  The slogan of this unique event in Belgium is : the only job & carreer fair you can visit with your pajamas !    What a program, isn’t it ?        

Some Job Ads this Morning ?

   Monster’s name is well chosen since this website is the world # 1 for jobboards – these websites specializing in job search and on which you can leave your CV.      

The Monster Virtual Job Fair allows you, from your armchair, to :    

  • visit virtual stands
  • find out detail information about the participating companies and the jobs they offer
  • to chat with employers and professional recruiters
  • to let your CV on the “stand” of an interesting company
  • to apply online for an attracting new job

   All of this will be free, from the 27th to the 29th of September 2010 !     

   Click here and you’ll be able to not only visit the fair, but to subscribe as well to this event !     

        

 

Our New Workshop : Mind Mapping Basics for Students

Discover how you can improve your study skills with mind mapping !

Marco Bertolini proposes you a new workshop in the Hub Brussels : Mind Mapping Basics for Students.  This is all about how to improve your study skills by using the mind mapping techniques and an opensource mind mapping software : XMind.  Summarize books and documents, take better notes, give a better structure to your assessments, improve your memory, prepare oral and written examinations, and much more.

First, we’ll learn the basic principles of mind mapping :

– radiant and associative thinking

– hierarchy and structure

– keywords and pictures

– branches and space structure

MM workshop program

Then, you’ll design your first mind map on paper :

– about you and… No, we don’t want to tell to much now ! -We’ll explore together some ways to structure your documents, to take efficient notes, to analyze and organize your courses, to prepare your exams…    

We’ll use XMind

Which is a opensource mind mapping software that you can use during and after the workshop. Let’s discover how to organize things and events with the time and tasks features of this amazing sofware !

Bring along your laptop and we will give you the program for free !

Looking forward to learn together,

Marco Bertolini.

(Marco Bertolini has been working as a trainer and human resources consultant for more than 20 years.  Now,co-founder of the Lingua Franca Foundation, he dedicates his time and passion to innovative training methods such as mind mapping, visual thinking, framegames, etc.  He applies these awesome techniques to job search, business set up and learning efficiency.  He is also a member of the team which is currently translating the XMind software into French).

Practical information

On Saturday 25th September 2010 at from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM

At the Hub Brussels – rue du Prince Royal 37

1050 Brussels – See Google Maps

Buy your Ticket here

More info on info@linguafrancaacademy.org

Discover also our conference on this subject !

Improve your study skills with mind mapping !

How can mind mapping help you to succeed with your studies ?  What advantage can visual thinking tools give you ?

These are the themes we will explore through a conference and a workshop at the Hub Brussels in September.

Firstly, let’s focus on the conference.

People usually say that we use 10 % of our brain capacities.  That is totally untrue.  The brain is an awesome organic machine that brings to work millions of neurones at the same time.  But we use it in different ways according to our genre, our age, our culture.

And we can use it in better ways !

Our brain is composed of two hemispheres but our education and our school training favors only one of them : the left brain.  Which is the rational, sequential and logical part of our brain.  But there is another part, the right one, which is more intuitive, associative and which grasps everything in one go.  The picture here below perfectly illustrates that partition of our brains.

Most of the time, men use their left brain, while women tend to use both hemispheres at the same time.  Mind mapping reconciles us with a more holistic use of our grey matter : with its very logical and hierarchical structure, its stimulates the left brain, while the use of keywords, pictures and colours tickles our right brain and enhances our creativity skills.

Mind mapping, with its radiant and associative thinking also helps you to memorize better, which for students is a real gift : with the support of mind mapping, visual and lateral thinking techniques, you will learn faster and remember for a longer time.  Isn’t that good news ?

During this conference, we will :

  • discover together the principles of mind mapping
  • find out why it works
  • how students can best use it for :
    • taking efficient notes  
    • structuring documents,
    • memorizing courses
    • preparing exams
  • see what you can get from mind mapping softwares
  • And much more !

Practical informations

On the 22nd September 2010 at 6.30 PM
at the Hub-Brussels,
Rue du Prince Royal 37
1050 – Brussels See Google Maps

 

Buy your ticket here

 

More info on info@linguafrancaacademy.org

Discover our Workshop too !

The 99 : when superheroes spread positive Islamic values !

 In a preview post, I published a video of Shereen El Feki speaking in a TED conference, video that I translated into French a couple of months ago.  In this conference, Shereen was talking about the Ninety Nine, a group of superheroes inspired by islamic values.

Now, it is Dr Naif Al-Mutawa himself who is the invited speaker of a new TED talk about his own creation.

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