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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 keywords 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  https://youtu.be/5nTuScU70As

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Your Knowledge, keep it growing

No one can take your education away from you. What you learn is yours forever. OK I know there are diseases that can rob our memories. I’m not denying that. But other than that your life is enriched by knowledge, by curiosity, by interest, by paying attention, by seeking more understanding, more than anything else you can acquire.

When you are feeling defensive

Tell me more about that…

When you are feeling defensive the last thing you might want is to hear more negative comments. But if you show openness to hear what the other person is saying it can change the mood and tone of the ‘conversation.’

It also gives you time to reflect. What is prompting the comments? Why are you feeling defensive? Is there some truth you would want to know? Is there something you want to acknowledge? Rather than deny, perhaps you want to say, ‘there might be some truth in what you are saying.’ I didn’t realize, or I didn’t mean what it sounded like.

Book publishing

If the number of emails I get on the subject of publishing, including publishing of ebooks, is any indication of general interest, there must be a tremendous number of people wanting to publish their story. When you have been a knowledge junkie like I have, it makes sense to write it all down and share the wisdom.

Wisdom is different from knowledge. Knowledge is made up of facts, opinions, information, and experiences. The total is valuable and should be shared. Wisdom is the result of applying thought and intelligence to those experiences and information. It is not just regurgitating the data, it is interpreting and discussing and looking at alternative explanations and viewpoints.

For most decisions in life there are multiple good and bad answers. It would be so much easier if there was one right answer and our job was just to figure that one out. Instead we must look at multiple alternatives. We weigh the alternatives with imagining the scenarios of the different potential results. We balance the pros and cons. We check our gut. We compare and contrast to past experiences and results.

None of this process should create analysis paralysis. The more experience you have to look back on, the more wisdom you can apply, the quicker the process can go. Wisdom makes sure you think it through before jumping.