Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Personal, Academic, Business

The image above graphically conveys the synchronous relationships between the three main areas of Visual mapping. Do you to see the connections and relationship flow between the three parts of the Visual mapping whole?

I often emphasize understanding process as essential for the forward thinking information manager to grasp the absolute importance of appreciating system.
I focus on three main areas associated with visual mapping; personal, academic and business. Concentrating on the personal arena for this post, and I’ll get to Academic and Business in further posts.

The tools, techniques and mindset of visual mapping facilitate the personal arena as the place where we build the foundation of information management. This is where we find the absolute power of visual mapping.

IMO, the personal arena is the place where it must all start. From the logic or abstract aha moments to the pure enlightenment; becoming a visual mapper positively changes your approach to personal productivity.

Mind mapping is the non linear mode of choice for self dev. It is indeed an excellent over viewer for reducing complexity of thought and organizing issues associated with getting things done. A mind map becomes a door that can open up a whole new world of non linear possibilities. If you want to go from hand written notes to a neatly produced mind map, it may look like the example below.

Many people I have worked with tend to use the mind map to gain clarity of thought in a busy world. The personal user is indeed the individual who may be involved with academia as a student and/or teacher. The personal user may also be involved within business arenas that branch off to industry and/or corporate business. At the base level mind maps are useful graphical expressions for those who best understand information as non linear.

Suffice to say, Mind maps enable the laying of a sound foundation for the budding information manager. Choosing the Visual mapping way to move forward as a superior communicator is becoming more main stream. Further acceptance of the tools, techniques and mindset of Visual mapping opens up many more avenues of opportunity for the personal user.

It is of the utmost importance to become very familiar with your chosen mapping software package. There are many excellent products to choose from. Below is a list of the products I recommend for the personal user to consider.


Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D said...

Hi Wallace

Great post I enjoyed reading it. I would add that your readers may want to take look at MindView 3, Inspiration 8, as well as the PersonalBrain when evaluating visual mapping software applications. The choice of software is really a personal one and is somewhat dependent on how they envision using it. I have lots of articles and reviews on my blog to help your readers make an informed decision before they make a purchase.


Wallace Tait said...

Thanks for the reply from Dr. Brian S. Friedlander, PhD.
Brian is right; I should have added Inspiration and Mind View as recommendations for sure. A few Mind mapping software products have become rather complex by way of the aggregated functions that now have their sights aimed at the corporate business. The recommended products thus far probably include a couple of that may be too complex for the budding Mind mapper.

I believe we consultants have to be very cautious when recommending Mind mapping products. While I have concentrated on the personal approach within this blog post, it’s very clear some Mind mapping products may have functions that overwhelm the personal user.

I’ll be speaking more about the specifics of software choices in later posts.

Thanks Brian for your support and contributions, it’s always good to have a fellow professional Visual mapper contribute to the expansion of this amazing field.

Wallace Tait said...

Yes, you've noticed I have intentionally left out The Personal Brain. That's because this product crosses over so many of the lines of demarcation regarding Mind mapping.

I'll have much to say about The Personal Brain later. It's simply one of those apps that becomes the cornerstone of your information/knowledge management system.

I am a full time Personal Brain user, using it for more than personal issues; it's the most powerful app for database approaches to information handling.

I highly recommend the Personal Brain as an app that takes you beyond Mere Mind mapping.

Henry Lewkowicz said...

Hi Wallace,
Indeed, visual tools can offer environment that helps reducing complexity in favor of clear thought exposition. That in turn may reduce the dependence on experts and consultants....

Which of the tools is the best to inspire visual thinking is of course a personal choice so I'm looking forward to your views on this subject.

Just a comment. In general educational system heavily relies on linear thinking and teaching. Only when our linear thinking habits are greatly ingrained....then we start discovering the non-linear, visual worlds...and we need to retool ourselves...I’m sure that you have many thoughts on this complex subject….

Kyle McFarlin said...


Someone needed to point out the graphic is fly. As in awesome. It simultaneously makes me feel adventurous, scholarly and like the economy will improve at some point... because they are all connected!!! I tip my hat.

Adrian said...

Hi Wallace, nice blog and interesting topic!
Because the social area/layer becomes more important in the context of Web x.0, doesn't deserve its special place in the visual mapping diagram? I am thinking especially at the construction of collective/collaborative Mind Maps/Knowledge Maps which can be used to map the knowledge/information on the Web. Of course, for that Web theoreticians target the use of Ontolgies, though in an extended definition a Mind Map can be regarded as a weak Ontology. The use of Mind Maps for that and similar purposes can target personal, business and academic use, so I would have put the social area in the middle, at the intersection between the other three areas.

Best regards,