Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 55 - January 2010 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the January 2010 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month we have an exercise for you to look back at the last decade and make your dreams come true in the next, news of what I’ve been up to, a new book to look out for, plus the regular Quote of the month.


New Book From Tony Buzan - Set to be a best seller

cover January sees the launch of ‘Mind Maps For Business’ Written by Tony Buzan and Chris Griffiths. I have been very involved in the project and created Mind Map examples used throughout. The book deals with many different applications of Mind Mapping from a practical standpoint. It covers both hand drawn and computer Mind Maps with case studies from successful businesses around the world. Priced at £8.80 from Amazon, this is an essential read for anyone looking to take their business forward in 2010 and beyond. You can find additional resources here.


What's Phil Up To?

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I will be giving a talk at the Genesis Training and Conference venue near Ross on Wye on 14th January.

I’m also learning to use Adobe InDesign publishing software – Look out for more books from me later this year!


January's Quote of the Month


"New Year's eve is like every other night;
there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things
that the passage of another twelve months may be noted;
and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening
that come with the coming of darkness on other nights"

Hamilton Wright Mabie (American writer, 1845-1916)

More quotes here


Looking Back to the Future

The New Year is always a time for looking back and looking forward. This is more true this year than ever, being as it is the start of a new decade.

A really good exercise to do this week is to create a personal history Mind Map of the ‘naughties’. Create a branch for each year and then add sub branches for the major events in your life (see template below). This may include national or global events that have had an impact of you such as the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001 or the election of Barack Obama in as 44th US President in 2009. The Mind Map should be personal to you – births or deaths of those close to you, marriages, divorces, romances and break-ups, holidays, employment, education, successes, awards, etc. Each significant event has helped shape your life and taken you to where you are now. Some were planned, others were chance events that could not have been predicted.

Mind Map decade

If you fail to plan you plan to fail or, to put it another way, you can be the best archer in the world but if you don’t know which target to shoot at you will never win a tournament.

So your next exercise is to create a second Mind Map. A history of the future – You can do the same process for 10 years with events that you want to achieve and years when they will happen or if you prefer you can do a plan for five or one year. Make sure that the goals are large enough to challenge you but within your power to influence. Winning the lottery would be nice but not something you can control.

Whatever you plan, you have to make it happen. Just wishing is not enough. Picture in your mind what it will look and feel like to achieve each goal. Make it as compelling a scene as you can. Vivid, bright, loud, whatever makes it more real for you. Once you have a clearly defined and imagined goal, break it down into steps and add these to the Mind Map. What do you need to accomplish each month to achieve your goal.

Pin the Mind Map up somewhere you can see it often and make sure that you stick to the plan. Of course different opportunities will come your way and priorities may change so you can choose to change your goals. The key is that it is your choice. You are the master of you destiny not simply the victim of circumstances.

That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of February and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

My contact details are here.

Best Wishes