Hey, just a real quick tip here on something that is helping me immensely in planning my business . Recently, I joined Leta Russell’s Mind Mapping webinar series. It is appropriately titled, ““Mind Map Your Way From Passion To Prosperity”. This is really powerful information! Leta isn’t just teaching the mechanics of mind mapping, she’s teaching it in respect to launching your business or taking it to the next level. In fact, the subtitle is, “Mind Mapping for Business – Shift from Confusion to Clarity”. Her point (and she’s right on!) is that many people have great ideas and a passion, but they don’t know how to put them down in a fashion that helps them move into action and stay focused. If this is you, read on!
Below is an image of my first mind map that is helping me to clarify my mission and vision. It was created with Thinking Space Pro on my Android phone (available in the app market). It works well and I love being able to add and modify as thoughts come to me, no matter where I am. It starts in the upper right corner with my past and moves clockwise down to my present and then over to the action words that seemed to fit the purpose for my new business. It then moves up the left side to who I feel most compelled to serve and ends in the upper left corner with how I intend to deliver my service to them.
The Difference Between Process Mapping and Mind Mapping
While I teach traditional linear process mapping and value stream mapping as part of my day job, I’ve have a hard time applying it to my business. There’s a reason… all I had was a hammer, so everything looked like a nail. The problem is that there is a major difference between mapping existing linear processes and brainstorming the elements necessary to turn a passion into a business. The latter requires more right brain free thinking, whereas the former is simply documenting each step in a process as it occurs.
Based on Leta’s instruction in the second and third webinars, here is my second mind map where I focused on my three strategies (action words) of one particular aspect of my business and began to branch out into tactics. This came to me early this morning and I “drew” it out in less than an hour. It sure was nice to do a brain dump, so I could leave for work without worrying about the possibility of forgetting a thought or two. I know it will require some rework, but at least I have a start now.
If this topic appeals to you at all, I encourage you to sign up for the remaining sessions now and join the Facebook group, “Mind Map and Share It”. Leta has several special guests lined up over the coming weeks. Even though you’ve missed the first three, Leta does live mind mapping with participants during each session, so you’ll get enough of it to know if mind mapping or Leta’s coaching would help you. There is also discussion of different mind mapping tools and approaches to mind mapping. Leta will be packaging this content for sale after the initial series ends, so sign up now at her blog http://letarussell.com/events/! The content is so good, though, that it will be well worth whatever her asking price is later.
New to online marketing? If so, (even if you’re not) I came across a fantastic resource yesterday and wanted to share it with you here.
As mentioned in my last post, when you get started with WordPress blogging and online marketing, you can very quickly get overwhelmed by distractions. Everyone’s got a solution that you “need” right now. Don’t fall for it. Take a longer term methodical approach and in the end Read the rest of this entry
A real quick post here to let you know that I’ve added a new Tools page. As I’ve been learning about the internet, internet marketing, attraction marketing, social media, etc over the last 18 months, I’ve come across and incorporated several great time-saving tools. I’m consolidating all these cool “Tools Of The Trade” on my new Tools page.
I’ve posted three so far, but will be adding more as time allows and as I discover new ones that I think others would find useful. So far, I’ve listed MySpeed which allows you to speed up or slow down videos, Roboform which makes signing into any of your normal sites a one-click breeze, and Renegade Professional which is a very comprehensive video library of click-by-click tutorials on internet attraction marketing.
Jump on over to the Tools page and check it out!
In my last post in mid 2010, I stated that it was taking some time to learn about this new theme I’m using. The flexibility really is quite amazing, but that is not what has taken me so long to get back to building this blog. Truth be known, the real culprit is a classic issue for new internet entrepreneurs… distractions everywhere!
Once you get “behind the scenes” a bit and learn enough to be dangerous about blogging, internet marketing, marketing funnels, list building, etc., you quickly realize that you could spend all day every day, dinking around and never really get anything finished. Read the rest of this entry
Wow, this FlexSqueeze theme is fantastic! Very powerful and flexible. However, as anyone knows who has worked with I.T. systems, the more flexibility there is, the more complicated it is and the more time it takes to get it just right. So, please bear with me as I get this site set-up. The opt-ins and links may look good, but they don’t really go anywhere yet. I’ll post an update when the site is ready to go… I can’t wait!
In the meantime, check out the About page to see a pretty cool (and fun) video that tells the love story of my wife and I. Isn’t she beautiful!
Problogger recently shared an excellent blog post for new bloggers, such as myself, regarding what to focus on in the first couple of years.
According to Problogger, the foundations for a successful long term blog are:
I’ve been experimenting with WordPress blogging for a couple months and have oscillated back and forth between many strategies, themes and options. I’ve now signed up for Ty Tribble’s MLM Blog Secrets course and am determined not to get distracted until I’ve implemented everything I’m learning from him.
Right now, it is just the basic setup stuff, i.e. settings, plugins, themes, widgets, etc. Later I’ll move on to how to create good content and then how to get more traffic.
I’d enjoy connecting with you here on the blog or at Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. You’ll see links to my pages on those sites in the right margin.