Mind-Mapping Workshops at The English Gallery,
on Tuesday evenings, 1930-2130, about once a month
Contact Graham Tritt, (031) 829 3479, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
and see www.mindmap.ch.
Take advantage of a unique opportunity!
Learn valuable techniques for information management, and practice
This series of workshops is designed for English speakers at advanced
Are you drowning in a flood of information?
Learn methods to manage it!
To find, select and understand it.
Turn it into your knowledge.
Apply your knowledge to solve problems creatively.
Be able to demonstrate it, present and teach others!
Do you have to spend hours reading technical magazines or manuals?
Do you have the time to learn what you need before you need it?
Is there a more efficient way to learn?
Mind-Mapping for Creativity and Problem-Solving
In this workshop you will learn powerful methods which will enable you
to solve puzzles, design an invention, etc.
You will find that tough problems become easy when you use the full
power of both halves of your mind, and a good method for visualization!
Mind-Mapping for Systems Analysis
Often we face tasks which at first sight are beyond us. Ever designed a
menu? or planned the building of a house? Can you write a business plan?
With simple methods we cen get to grips with complex systems and understand
the tasks and interrelationships. We can come up with a description of
the system organisation and a plan for doing the task. In the workshop
The results of this workshop will be used in a later one on "system design."
This will include the allocation of tasks to organisational units within
"business processes" and how this can be reflected in a modern computer
program (called an "object-oriented" application).
plan the construction of a house (well, maybe a tool-shed!)
plan the documentation of a complex project
plan how to start a business ( a flower shop, a pizza curier)
Mind-Mapping in teaching English
The method of mind-mapping is well-suited to text (understanding or translating)
and to literature review (to present the relationships of characters and
actions). We help you to learn various methods as we describe the characters
and plot of a story.
For detail on the use of mind-mapping in business and trechnical english,
see the next section on the "Tritt Method" of three steps.
Using Mind-Mapping in Technical and Business English
Using the "Tritt Method" - designed in 1985 for business and technical
English courses - we convert a complex text into a clear and structured
diagram. Actors (persons, objects and abstracts) are represented in a mind-map,
and the relationships between them and actions are represented by links
joining parts of the mind map and by a list of "messages"
We produce a Mind Map representing the problem, and learn a systematic
way to use brainstorming techniques to find or create solutions.
In Step 1, "Nouns and Adjectives", we convert a complex text into a clear
and structured diagram. Actors (persons, objects and abstracts) and their
characteristics are represented in a mind-map.
analyse a Business or Technical Case Study
produce a Mind Map representing the problem
brainstorm to find or create solutions
In Step 2, "Relationships and Changes", links between actors are added
to the mind map. We consider alternatives (new actors and relationships),
ways in which characteristics may be modified, and points of decision where
choices can be made.
In Step 3, "Verbs and Adverbs", we find and present actions to be taken,
including solutions to the problem of the case study. This is done in an
imperative, verbal form, where the adverbs answer the six questions: who,
what, when, where, why and how.
The complete process is based on mind maps and other methods of representing
information, and the participant learns a systematic way to find or create
Using Mind-Mapping to create a Presentation
The method of Mind Mapping can help in many ways, as you prepare material
for a presentation. In this workshop we show how to use creativity methods
We do everything short of presenting a speech - in an unbelievably short
time. Canít think of a topic? Use a word web to select a theme and to draw
in associated ideas. Then organise your material using a mind map. Relate
the topics to the audience. Plan the presentation according to Toastmasters
principles. Write your notes from the mind-map and youíre ready to speak!
choose a theme, find and select appropriate topics
gather information about these topics and points
organise your speech material in a presentation structure
prepare notes for giving the presentation
Using Mind-Mapping to Take Notes
Are your records of a technical seminar like mine used to be? Pages of
nearly illegible scribblings? You need time later to rework them just to
understand what it was about - and you have to present it to others or
write a seminar report! And this with no time available?
In this seminar you will learn and use efficient methods to take detailed
notes of a presentation:
And all this in the time you are listening to the seminar!
converting a presentation into its components of information
reinforcing your own learning and organising your knowledge
producing a presentation or a report from your notes