Category Archives: Mind Mapping

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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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 !

Safety Net Project Seminar in KL : fun and informative !

Fun and informative : these are the two words that come most frequently in the participants feedback of the seminar.

During the seminar itself, some participants called the Safety Net Project an Eye-Opener !  We are very honored to be perceived as such !      

But what is it about ? 

  

Event before we created the Lingua Franca Foundation, we were worried about the fate of some Asian women we saw in dire strait around us, in the Netherland.  Some of them divorced in the most desperate – and more often then not – violent conditions.    We decided to react and to create a specific project to help these women : the Safety Net Project (more details about this project in these pages).      

 This project in multidimensional, we aim to contribute to :      

   Continue reading

WORKSHOP IN ROTTERDAM on 21 JULY 2010

 

Lingua Franca Foundation also launches another workshop in Rotterdam for those who are interested in Mind Mapping on the 21 July 2010

Please read here for more information regarding this workshop

For immediate booking, please click here

WORKSHOP ON THE 20 JULY 2010 in AMSTERDAM

POSTER MIND MAPPING BASICS

ENTER THE WORLD OF CREATiViTY

 MIND MAPPING BASICS WORKSHOP

is now in Amsterdam on 20 July 2010

INTRIGUE ? Please read here for more info !

For immediate booking to secure your place, you can also click here

Boost your Business Set Up With Mind Mapping and Creativity Tools !

You want to set up your business, but you don’t know where to start ?  You have a good idea… but you don’t know how to go further ?

 

Then, you are at the right place !

In one day, you will set up the foundations of your future company.

 

Ask the good questions first

 

1. Jump from a mere idea to a real business project

First, let’s ask a few questions, to be sure we understand each other :

  • what’s an idea ?
  • What’s a business idea ?
  • what’s a project ?
  • what’s a business project ?
  • how to go from an idea to a project ?
  • from the project to the business ?
  • how much time will it take ?
  • what are the steps I have to go through ?
  • which are the tools I can use to save time and money ?

You will find your own answers to all these questions and many more with the unique tools we’ll provide you !

2. Define your “core business” with the Winning Triad Technique ©

All experts will tell you, successful entrepreneurs built their success on three dimensions :

  1. Passion
  2. Expertise (or excellency)
  3. Profitability

Find out which are these three dimensions exactly for you and your project and define your core business !

3. Define your personal goals and values with the List of 100

To focus your energy even more on your project, here is a powerful tool : the list of 100.  It is a well known creativity tool, but I have adapted it to the mind mapping technique to get even more out of it !

This practice will give you a unique direction and you’ll spare time and energy by maintaining your initial goals and avoid to get distracted from your main route.

This way, you’ll give yourself guidelines for several years.

go for success !

4. Explore all the dimensions of your project with the Rules of 9

To design or analyse a project, you have to ask the good questions first.  I gathered for you 9 fundamental questions to explore every dimension of your project. I organized them into a mind map to provide a powerful and complex analysis matrix.

Thanks to this matrix you will :

  • identify the known points of your project
  • track down the remaining of the unanswered questions
  • define realistic goals and deadlines
  • visualize the stage of progress of your business set up

 


5. Build up your Business Plan Structure !

  • What is a Business Plan ?
  • What can I do with a Business Plan ?
  • What’s the difference between a Business Plan and a Financial Plan ?
  • Who is this Business Plan for ?

Together, we will answer all these questions and I will give you models and templates so you’ll be able to build up your own business plan, adapted to your personal needs !  The business plan that will be the best control and communication tool for your future business !

 

Business Planning with DropMind

Business Planning with DropMind

You too, at the end of this session, will understand that to understand your business project is to understand… Yourself !

To understand :

  • your values
  • your goals
  • your aspirations or expectations

and to mobilize them in a project that will disclose you and you will bare for years, and maybe, for the rest of your life !

After the training session, you will get :

  • all the documents of the day
  • a syllabus with all the elements of the course
  • models and template that you can freely use to develop your business project
  • a free e-coaching session to validate your tools and define your next step


Where and When ?


At the HUB SUMMER SCHOOL

Rotterdam : on the 22nd of July from 8h30 am to 4 pm

The Hub, Heemraadsingel 219, 3023 CD Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Booking : Click here !


Amsterdam : on the 23rd of July from 9 am to 5 pm

The Hub, Westerstraat 187  1015 MA Amsterdam

Booking : click here !

 

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