Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 26 - August 2007 - by Phil Chambers

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Welcome to the August issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter, Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month, as well as our regular quote of the month I have featured an article written for Union Reps on Mind Mapping for Negotiation Skills. (As the main article is about Mind Mapping, there is not our usual tip of the month.) We also have a link to news from the UK Open Memory Championships and the German National Memory Championships.

August's Quote of the Month

"The difference between false memories
and true ones is the same as for jewels: 
it is always the false ones that look
the most real, the most brilliant." 

~Salvador Dali

[Memory Champions create 'false' memories by
converting data into vivid imagined pictures and experiences.]


For many more quotes click here.


As a workplace representative you will have to negotiate with management from time to time. The trouble with this is that managers are skilled at controlling meetings. Unless you are very well organized, you can leave the meeting feeling that you have failed your colleagues. So how can you go into a meeting confident that you are fully prepared? More importantly, how can you plan a well-structured argument quickly and easily?

Mind Mapping is a very effective method for planning almost anything. It is based on the way the brain works and so is a more natural way of thinking than a traditional list. Mind Maps free your creativity and allow you to more fully explore a situation. They let you tackle a problem from a variety of angles, see potential objections and how you can counter them.

How To Mind Map.

The easiest way to learn to Mind Map is to create one. Add extra lines and develop the Mind Map below on the subject of a holiday.

Practice the technique with colleagues. Perhaps use a Mind Map to plan a party or solve a problem at home. It is best to start with something simple and 'low risk'.

So how do you apply this to negotiations? Draw a picture in the centre of the page that represents the issue. Next, draw a branch for each part of the issue. Try to break it down to between three and seven parts. Expand each by adding extra lines off the end of the branches.

A simple example: Managers refuse to allow a member of staff to attend a training course. Here is how this could be negotiated.

Below is a real-life example of how Rikki Hunt used this technique to reduce the penalty for a speeding offence.

Next time you find yourself in a negotiation situation, try a Mind Map!

Memory Championships News

The UK Open Memory Championships was a resounding success as was The German National Championships. Both events saw amazing performances with many World Records broken. Full details can be found here.

That's all for this month. If you have any comments, suggestions or would like more information about our courses please feel free to contact me.