Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 76 - October 2011 - by Phil Chambers

 

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Welcome to the October 2011 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 look at some applications of Mind Mapping, News from the Swedish Open Memory Championships plus our regular features of Quote of the Month and what I’ve been up to.

October's Quote of the Month

 

"Irons rusts from disuse,
stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. "

~Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508

More quotes here

 

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What's Phil Up To?

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In September I attended the Swedish Open Memory Championships in my capacity as Chief Arbiter of the World Memory Sports Council. See details below. (I will be in India in a similar role later this month).

I have conducted training in Universities for academic staff on Speed Reading. I’ve run coaching sessions for individuals.

I am just back from attending the Professional Speaking Association Convention. I am buzzing with lots of great ideas learned form some of the best speakers in the business. I took loads of Mind Map notes that I will be sharing in due course.

 


The Swedish Open Memory Championships


Congratulations go to Johannes Mallow from Germany who resoundingly won the Swedish Open Memory Championships, setting a new World Record in the process. He successfully memorised 132 fictional historic dates in 5 minutes.

The title of Swedish Memory Champion was retained by Mattias Ribbing who came third overall. See the full results here

 

What Has Mind Mapping Ever Done For Us?

Following on from last month’s article about myths associated with Mind Mapping, I though that this month I would talk about some of the uses of the technique. It is almost easier to list what a Mind Map can’t be used for, hence the reason why Tony Buzan calls it, “The Swiss Army Knife for the Brain”. The list below is by no means meant to be exhaustive nor prescriptive. I have notionally grouped the applications into areas of life and work but there is a great deal of crossover. For example, I have included financial planning in ‘General life’ but this is equally important in business and education. You can click on some of the items to see examples.

In Business

Writing a Business Plan / Investment proposal
Time Management (Long term / Annual / Monthly / Weekly / Daily)
Self / Staff Development / Evaluation
Career planning
Managing Teams / Leadership
Project Management
Creative Thinking / Innovation
Strategic Thinking
Problem Solving / Analysis
Composing Letters / Emails
Planning / Delivering Presentations
Report Writing
Meeting Planning / Minutes
CV Writing / Presentation
Software and Website design / development
Negotiation
Sales
Crime detection / profiling / analysis
Disaster recovery
Developing Relationships / Networking

In Education

Lesson Planning
Essay Plans
Research
Writing Dissertations / Theses
Story / Creative Writing
Literature Analysis
Revision
Previewing prior to studying
Memory aid – Languages, etc.
Lecture Notes
Book Summaries
Text Summaries
Clearing the mind is preparation for study

In General Life

Self analysis
Motivation
Keeping a Diary
Goal Setting Decision Making – Purchases / Future plans
Holiday planning
Shopping lists / meal planning / Dieting
Packing / Preparing for a trip
Financial Planning / Budgeting
Event planning – Weddings / Parties

Unusual Applications

Christmas and greetings cards
Works of Art
Court appearances – (eg. speeding appeal)
Competitions – Mental Sports
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Please let me know how you uses Mind Maps.

That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of November.

Best Wishes