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Are You a Visual Thinker?

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Do your memories often consist of a picture in your mind?  Where were you?  Who else was there? What did the scene look like?

 Maybe you can even feel the warmth or coolness of the air around you.  Maybe you remember how you reacted.

If you are a visual thinker it would be natural to use drawings or mind maps to visualize a topic, a plan, or a presentation.  If you don’t think you are a natural visual thinker, it is worth learning to use drawings , diagrams, stick figures, and mind maps to visualize and to help your brain.

Mind Maps are easy to draw and use to organize a topic.  You can learn more about them from my Ted talk (https://youtu.be/5nTuScU70As). You can also suggest how I can help you with this topic by commenting or sending me your questions. 

How Effectively Do You Communicate?

Communication

Communication, good communication, means expressing your ideas and opinions as best you can including the fact that they are your thoughts and opinions…after being open and listening to others’ opinions.

Communication is both expressing yourself and listening effectively.

Communication includes the three V’s, verbal (the words), vocal (the sound, tone, expressiveness), and visual (the body language).

All three V’s are important and in many, perhaps most, cases the vocal and visual say more than the words.

Listening as well as speaking

By the famous artist, Will Bullas

From my newsletter:

How do you learn?  How do you link your new learning with your memory?  How do you take in any information?  Of course, it comes in as data through one of your senses.  The obvious ones are sight and hearing but they are not the only ones at work.  You may have touched something, or it may have touched you.  You may have tasted a new food.  You may have noticed an unusual odor.  There is also a 6th sense which means we take note of a feeling though may not be sure how or why it happened.  All your senses are receptors bringing in information that your brain will record, maybe store, maybe making it easy for you to remember later.

When we pay more attention we will help our brain execute  that process called memory: receive, store, be able to retrieve.  It also helps to get that information through multiple senses, hence, drawing, diagraming, and writing notes, can all improve the memory.

Let’s continue to explore this set of ideas about learning and memory through this newsletter.  Please comment, add ideas, and ask questions.

Enlightened Leadership

Being a leader means you can’t avoid difficult conversations, even when addressing conflict makes you uncomfortable, Marlene Chism writes. One of her four suggestions for inviting discomfort is to avoid interrupting during triggering conversations, instead encouraging the speaker to express themselves.

” from SmartBrief on Leadership

Rather than avoidance, engage to understand.  Rather than terminating or firing the speaker, encourage the offering of alternative ideas, options to explore.
Attract people to your inner circle who are willing to disagree with you and who bring alternative viewpoints.
As the leader it is your responsibility to make the final decisions but listening and learning first will allow you to make better decisions.  You don’t want your assumptions to get in the way of deep and exploratory thinking about a subject.

Take Notes and Make Notes Using Mind Maps

Take Notes and Make Notes using Mind Maps

Unless you have a perfect memory for everything you hear and everything you read, you will need to make notes of important points you DO want to remember.  By that I mean not writing everything down because you don’t know what you will want later, but instead just noting the keywords and ideas.  Learning to focus and to listen to understand and parse is a worthwhile skill.

Connecting the important ideas and writing down only key words and phrases can most easily be done by taking notes as a mind map.  The mind map allows you to add keywords or phrases to the topic branches as they come up.

It is also much easier to review your notes in a mind map than to reread whole paragraphs or outlines.

You will find that making notes about a topic you want to write or speak about in a mind map form allows you to organize your disparate ideas into logical branches before proceeding.  You may find that if the purpose is to give a short informal talk, you can follow the mind map and give the whole talk without writing out a speech.  Your talk will sound much more natural and you will appear well versed in your topic versus looking like you are reading from a document or note cards.

To learn more about how to take notes and make notes using mind maps, see my TEDx talk or contact me.

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Business, Brains & BS

Published on Oct. 8, 2014

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Note: if you order through this link Amazon will make a donation to the charity FitMS Neurobalance Center. Thank you for helping this 501c3 charity.

I am honored by the early endorsements from a number of people who have read the manuscript before it went to the printer.

Praise for Business, Brains & B.S.

A superb book! Dr. Wagner provides a wonderful cross between reading a Tom Clancy novel and a Jack Canfield success guide!!! She challenges the conventional wisdom of how we think, both individually and as a group, and how we communicate and handle a crisis. She provides solid hands on techniques to create a more creative thought process while demonstrating concepts of communicating to a variety of audiences. The key with this book is the unique approach she takes in presenting a fictitious case study in a fast-paced mystery and suspense format that makes for an easy, entertaining and engaging read. It does this while providing valuable insights and lessons to learn. No business leader should be without a copy of this book in their library.” - Salvatore M. Capizzi, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. San Diego, CA

"Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. This book makes that distinction and shows how to extract everyday wisdom from your experiences. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!

“This book will help you become a better manager. Period! But there's something more. "Business, Brains, and BS" is one hell of a good book! Ms. Wagner is every bit as good an author as she is a consultant, and this book is as good as most any "whodunit" you might choose to read this summer. Beach reading totally at home in the boardroom.” - William Matthies, Author, "The 7 Keys to Change"

“As anyone who has met me knows, I remind people to be outrageous, and that is how I would describe the title and style of Hazel Wagner’s new book, Business, Brains and BS. She knows how to grab and keep your attention so that you emerge wiser. - Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker/executive coach and producer of Speaker Schools

“For me it made reading a business book fun, I accidentally read the business book, while I was turning pages in the mystery. It read fast and the information stuck to my brain better when I forgot that I was learning something.” – Keith C.P. Wagner, President, Fabrik Industries, Inc.

 

 

How would it help you if you were good at mind mapping?

Why take a Mind Mapping course?

There are so many good things that happen when you learn to use mind mapping that I had to make you a mind map to show them all…and there are even more than the ones that I listed.

I’d like to hear the reasons it would be helpful to you. Would you like to learn to pay attention and take notes better when listening to someone speak, or when you are reading a book or article? Would you like it to be easier to review notes you made instead of laboriously rereading all of the sentences? Would you like to be able to have collaborative meetings with others over Zoom or another online shared meeting? An that could be just the beginning of the advantages of learning to mind map.

What would be your reasons or interests in mind mapping? Let me know.

Help Others to Learn

Helping Others Learn
The well known old Chinese proverb says, If you give a person a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for life.

Teaching a concept to others is like that. They learn and can apply the concept. But teach someone how to learn, how to increase their knowledge, and you have given them a gift for life.

Teach someone how to read or listen effectively, so they remember what they read or heard, is like teaching them to fish.

Most people hardly listen. They can’t remember someone’s name nor what they said. When you learn to listen for content and context, for the meaning, then you will remember and those who feel listened to will remember you for that appreciation you showed.

Learn Something New Every Day – then Share it

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Business, Brains & BS

Published on Oct. 8, 2014

amazon
button-buy-barnes-and-noble

 
Note: if you order through this link Amazon will make a donation to the charity FitMS Neurobalance Center. Thank you for helping this 501c3 charity.

I am honored by the early endorsements from a number of people who have read the manuscript before it went to the printer.

Praise for Business, Brains & B.S.

A superb book! Dr. Wagner provides a wonderful cross between reading a Tom Clancy novel and a Jack Canfield success guide!!! She challenges the conventional wisdom of how we think, both individually and as a group, and how we communicate and handle a crisis. She provides solid hands on techniques to create a more creative thought process while demonstrating concepts of communicating to a variety of audiences. The key with this book is the unique approach she takes in presenting a fictitious case study in a fast-paced mystery and suspense format that makes for an easy, entertaining and engaging read. It does this while providing valuable insights and lessons to learn. No business leader should be without a copy of this book in their library.” - Salvatore M. Capizzi, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. San Diego, CA

"Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. This book makes that distinction and shows how to extract everyday wisdom from your experiences. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!

“This book will help you become a better manager. Period! But there's something more. "Business, Brains, and BS" is one hell of a good book! Ms. Wagner is every bit as good an author as she is a consultant, and this book is as good as most any "whodunit" you might choose to read this summer. Beach reading totally at home in the boardroom.” - William Matthies, Author, "The 7 Keys to Change"

“As anyone who has met me knows, I remind people to be outrageous, and that is how I would describe the title and style of Hazel Wagner’s new book, Business, Brains and BS. She knows how to grab and keep your attention so that you emerge wiser. - Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker/executive coach and producer of Speaker Schools

“For me it made reading a business book fun, I accidentally read the business book, while I was turning pages in the mystery. It read fast and the information stuck to my brain better when I forgot that I was learning something.” – Keith C.P. Wagner, President, Fabrik Industries, Inc.

 

 

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