Mind Mapping.jpg“Harnessing the Power of Mind Mapping” is a two-part article.  This week, in Part# 1, we will define Mind Mapping and tell you a little about its nature.  Next week, in Part# 2, we will introduce you to a variety of practical ways that you can use Mind Mapping to improve your business.

Have you ever wondered if there was a way for you to optimize your mind’s problem-solving ability?  Perhaps you simply want to discover or unleash the creative side of you.  Maybe you’re facing a business problem, but you’ve exhausted your options or you’re stuck with trite, worn-out solutions. What can you do to clarify and simplify your mind processes?   Implement the powerful tool of Mind Mapping!  You’ve heard the term before, but exactly what does it mean?

What is Mind Mapping?  Well, Mind Mapping is a visual thinking tool.  It is a way of representing ideas and concepts in a graphical manner.  Ideas are presented in a radial pattern—as opposed to a linear pattern --that mirrors exactly the way our mind works.

Mind Maps help us think better, solve problems creatively, and remember concepts, facts, and processes for the long term.  It encourages flexibility---an ingredient that is so vital to making your resolutions happen.  It’s an effective tool that helps you think outside the box.

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19.jpg Many people use the words “team” and “group” interchangeably; however, they are in essence not the same.  One of the most important elements that distinguish a “team” from a “group” is synergy.

Have you ever watched a flock of geese take flight?  Seconds after they take off, the geese arrange themselves into a perfect “V formation.”  Flying in this formation, rather than each goose flying on its own, allows them to fly faster, conserve energy, and fly longer distances.  This is synergy in action.

Observing these wonderful creatures, one would notice that as the lead goose tires, he simply drops back and another bird takes its place in the lead.  Working together in this manner, rather than individually, allows the flock to achieve greater productivity.  This synergy is a law of nature.

Fortunately, the kind of teamwork that works for geese also works for businesses and organizations. Teams and organizations can greatly benefit from the “V formation” leadership style.

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For most people, and perhaps you are among this group, business or social networking can be quite a struggle.  However, once you understand the networking process, you’ll appreciate how powerful a marketing tool it can become for you and your business. Networking is a huge revenue generator because through it you are able to access additional information, leads, ideas, and referrals---all of which are so vital to the growth of your business.

If  you have already embraced the idea that networking may have merit and have taken steps to implement  it---but have recognized that business networking isn't working for you right now--- read on and discover why and how having a pool of key contacts can give your business a tremendous boost, catapulting it to the next level.

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In the past, the way to hold a meeting with a remote staff was through teleconferencing.  The current rave is web conferencing, a far more advanced yet extremely economical tool for meetings, training seminars as well as collaborative projects.  Web conferencing saves you time and money because it avoids the need to travel, find a suitable venue, and book an accommodation.

Being a feature-rich tool that is able to match face-to-face conversation, web conferencing is an excellent alternative to traditional meetings and seminars.

If you want to increase your work productivity while cutting down on hotel and travel expenses at the same time, then web conferencing is the way to go.

Since the advent of the Internet, working professionals have been able to work from home and become less and less dependent on the 8-to-5 workday.  Many companies have realized that remote workers actually help reduce operating costs simply because they don’t require desk space or use company resources such as electricity and Internet bandwidth.

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Facebook-Icon.pngHow would you like to boost your sales substantially without increasing your marketing budget?  By the time you finish reading this article, you will have learned how to identify your target market, understand their needs, and build a strong relationship with them—all of these will help you achieve a dramatic improvement in sales and business growth.

Thanks to Facebook, all these have become so easy to do with just a few mouse clicks.  Maximizing your Facebook presence is key to finding what every business, large or small, is looking for—success!

If you are one of the skeptics of Facebook, or if you believe that Facebook isn’t doing anything for your small business, all that will change when you discover the secret to effectively integrating Facebook into your marketing communications plan.

Businesses don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan

Did you know that nine out of ten (88.7%), business failures are caused by a lack of planning?  Well, it’s the same with Facebook.  In order to take advantage of everything Facebook has to offer, you need to have a solid plan.  To make your Facebook presence felt by friends, customers and competitors alike, you need to be focused on strategizing, plotting, and forecasting.

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