To get the most out of the course, delegates will need to be supported as they start to think and work differently. This page will help managers, coaches and mentors to provide that support.
Here you will find:
- Information about the course
- What to expect after someone has attended the course
- Suggestions to help you perform a useful review with the course participant
The key output from the course is that attendees are able to use and benefit from Mind Maps®
We run both a half day and a one day version of the course. On the one day course there is more time to practice the techniques.
Here are the key aspects covered:
The brain, thinking and learning
We introduce information about how the brain is structured and how it works, and consider the implications of this information for learning and working effectively. Particular attention is given to the associative nature of the brain and the fact that in order to work optimally we need to find ways of using our whole brain.
How to Mind Map
What it is and how to use this versatile tool to manage information, make notes and improve thinking and planning. Delegates are shown how to use Mind Maps for personal and business advantage. More information about Mind Mapping can be found on the dedicated website here.
Uses of Mind Maps
The range of ways in which Mind Maps can be used is introduced, with particular reference to:
- Note-taking – taking information down from other sources – the spoken and the written word.
- Remembering – how Mind Maps work with the natural processes of the brain to enhance memory.
How we learn
Some time is usually spent exploring how we learn new skills – challenging the myth of ‘practice makes perfect’.
- Note-making – exploring and thinking around subjects prior to structuring an output; separating the thinking from the structuring part of the process.
At the end of the course delegates are encouraged to think about how they are going to use what they have learnt. We emphasise that it is up to them to put the techniques and perspectives covered into good use.
Everyone attends the course for slightly different reasons but they will all have opportunities to use what they learn. Delegates are usually very keen to put their new skills into practice. A little well-directed support and encouragement by manager, coach or mentor can make a big difference. We hope the following notes will help you give that support:
|What to expect||What you can do|
|They will want to use Mind Maps in a wide variety of tasks, including: planning, problem solving, organising, writing reports, preparing and delivering presentations, learning etc.||Encourage them to use Mind Maps as often as possible to help them to think more comprehensively and more quickly. Ask to see their Mind Maps and where possible, comment positively and constructively.|
|When conducting reviews of various sorts, the delegate may elect to summarise their thinking on a Mind Map and show you how their thinking is progressing on that subject or topic.||Even if you are not familiar with Mind Mapping you will be able to follow the thinking very easily. Do encourage the use of the technique for this sort of activity and also suggest additional linkages or connections that you notice. Try to avoid being critical of the potentially ‘messy’ appearance of the maps – focus instead on the quality of the thinking that is being shown.|
|When taking notes in meetings, seminars, discussions etc, the delegate may elect to take their notes in Mind Map form. This is a skill that develops rapidly with practice.||Ask the delegate to explain the process they are using. Explaining it will reinforce their own learning. Their notes may not be ‘word perfect’ but they will (or should) be great for understanding what has been said and discussed.|
Many managers like to follow up courses that their people have attended. The style and format of these reviews varies widely so here are some prompts for suggested discussion points:
- Action Plan – at the end of the course all delegates are encouraged to commit to specific actions to use and reinforce the things they’ve learnt. That action plan is a good start point for a review.
- Mind Maps – what are they being used for? How many and how often are they being used? Ask to see some of them. Ask them for examples of how they have been helpful in improving either their efficiency or their effectiveness – or both.
- Coaching Others – have there been any opportunities to coach others in the use of the technique or in any of the other things discussed or taught on the course?
- Learning to learn – have you been able to make use of the insights gained? Was this relevant to you?
- General – it will be worth going back to the original reasons for attending the course and also review the other notes in this section that describe the course and use them as a prompt for your discussion.