Mind Mapping in Action

MINDMAPPING IN ACTION

People need to actually see how mindmapping is done.

As part of the launch process for the business and the online coursesBulletMap Studio has organised a series of talks where we got together with interested folks to talk about mind mapping, and show them how its done in real life.

Here’s how it worked… (Watch the video or read the blog, they are the same.)

Mindmapping in action

Mindmapping in action

The talk that I give is actually only about ten minutes long! The real learning happens in the question and answer time and I’ve come up with a fun activity to do which gives a real life example of mindmapping in action.

Everyone in the room, teenager and parents alike, get to share their questions and thoughts and I write them all down using single words in a list. It’s a bit like we’re all one mind asking lots of questions and at first it looks a bit disorganised. That’s often how a dyslexic mind feels when it’s presented with a new topic.

finding order

I start to find the order by organising the questions into a mindmap and this is when the main themes start to emerge. We all discover together the order in the questions and how they relate to each other.

It’s fascinating to do because every audience is different. They are made up of a different combination of children, parents and educators. The questions that emerge are different every time.

After 10-20 minutes of writing the initial list and creating a mind map from that list, I then use the mind map to answer the questions.

Learning experience

It’s a great learning experience as everyone in the room can see two things happening. The first is that they can see how a mind map comes together. It is amazing for dyslexics in a High School environment. The second is the opportunity to see a mind map being used in a practical situation. The audience sees that you can take a whole group of thoughts and ideas and capture them, organise them and then use that organisation productively to give a talk.

visual tool

In High School the outcome can be an essay or a presentation. If I was doing the same thing with linear note taking it would take me 3-4 hours to process everything. The visual tool of a mind map means I can do it in 40 minutes and answer everyone’s questions.

I’m really excited to keep going with this activity in the next series of talks that we have planned. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

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PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

The Idea People

The Idea people are OFten Dyslexic

One in ten people have dyslexia. Why?

I’ve been pondering a bit about why there’s the ratio of 1/10 dyslexics in our society. What’s the reason? Sometimes it’s described as a problem but I think it’s an essential part of society, business and communities. 

idea people

The IDEA PEOPLE, The Solution People.

I think society needs one in ten people to be dyslexic. Here’s why. Dyslexic people are often the ideas people in a situation. If you find that you’re the ‘ideas person’ in a room, then you’re probably the dyslexic, whether you know it or not. There’s a reason why you need to be in that room! Dyslexic people have a hardwired ability to come up with innovative solutions to problems and to see connections that other people miss. This has been established by research and by history.

spectrum

The downside is that they are not always able to fully execute an idea to completion on their own. That’s why they are just one person on the team. The others have the abilities to combine to make the ideas a reality. Which is why I think there is a good reason for this ratio. Take for example the highly detail orientated people in a group at the other end of the scale. Research finds that 1 in 20 people in a group will be autistic they are often the highly detail orientated people. This creates a healthy range between the very detailed oriented and the big picture contributors with everyone else spread in the middle finding ways to implement the ideas.

words of affirmation
idea people

team

It’s a great example of how we, as humans, are made to work in teams and in community.

We all have a contribution to make and a team is weaker without the unique insights that a dyslexic person can bring. It’s a real cost to our businesses and society to lose the input of the 1 in 10 problem solvers. If our dyslexic children lose the confidence, or the access, to contribute to these teams, then we all lose.

Alexander Graham Bell, a famous Scottish inventor, and dyslexic, invented the telephone. Then another dyslexic, Steve Jobs, took it to the next level with the iPhone! Each was the ideas person who worked within a team.

The Dentist

They’re two big names that we’ve heard of but it’s happening in the day to day places also.

My dentist is dyslexic and I can see it’s an incredible benefit to his dentistry because he is able to adapt his skills to every different arrangement of teeth. He finds innovative solutions to the challenges he’s presented with. He sources interesting solutions from around the world and is winning awards for his excellence.

I think a lot of that is because of his dyslexia, and because he’s part of a great team which values his  way of working.

idea people
idea people

Specialisation

It’s good to be proud of fellow famous dyslexics but I’m equally impressed by situations in everyday life where people with dyslexia get to play to their strengths. I’ve noticed that they can often be in quite diverse positions in life but their ability as dyslexics to see the big picture means that they they act in a way to pull different specialisms or schools of thought together and creates a space for them to cross pollinate.

That, to me, is the value of one in ten people being dyslexic. A person with dyslexia pulls together different disciplines and concepts and knits them together into great systems.

A dyslexic person is a great asset to your team!

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His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

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Quick Release Headphones trick

Quick Release Headphone Trick

Tangled Headphones?

Here’s my quick release headphone trick!

We all know how frustrating tangled headphones are when you need them and how much hassle it can be. This simple trick means your headphones are always tangle free.

headphone trick steps

Tangle free

  • Take your headphones and wrap the cable around your first three fingers a few times.
  • Take the cable off your fingers, give it a quick twist and then wrap the remaining cable round the middle of the loops.
  • With the last bit of cable, instead of pushing it through one of the loops, create a small loop and push that through instead.
  • When you pull on that little loop your headphones are ready to use immediately.

Learning a skill

Like so many skills in life, It looks simple when you see it done. But you often just need a little bit of help to know the steps to make what looks simple actually work.

It’s the same with Mindmapping. It can look simple but you need help and practice to make it work. In this course I will show you how to Mindmap your thoughts.

Headphones trick
top5 basics for mindmapping

time and practice

Our thoughts can sometimes feel like a tangled mess, just like the headphones. When we want to share our thoughts it takes us time to unravel what it is we want to say. With a Mindmap you can have your thoughts organised so whenever you need to share your thoughts you can think of you mindmap and you get to ‘quick release’ your thoughts.

Learning a skill takes time and practice. Learning the quick release headphone trick is a little skill that can have a big difference. Mindmapping is also a little skill that can have a big difference.

Mindmapping course

I’m passionate about teaching teenagers, especially creatives and dyslexics, how to mindmap for exam success. This means you can pass exams and also understand how to learn well. You can also learn how to express the thoughts and ideas in you mind and how to connect things together. A mindmap is a very powerful way to do that.

I hope you’ll join me on the journey of learning how to Mindmap so that just as you can now quick release your headphones you’ll also be able to quick release your thoughts!

mindmapping course 101

Available resources

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His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

 

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Zero Gravity Workshop

What's Going on in a Dyslexic's Head?

Zero Gravity Workshop

This video is a way for me to share with you how a dyslexic brain works.

I call my brain a zero-gravity space. Let me explain what I mean by that using an illustration and a mindmap.

zero gravity workshop
The Zero Gravity Workshop

The Workshop

Imagine my brain is a workshop and in that workshop is a table. My teacher comes along and teaches me something and it’s like placing an item onto the table. He tells me all about it and I put in into my workshop.

take apart

What’s the first thing I do with it as a dyslexic?

I take it apart! I pull it to pieces in my imagination and try to figure out how it works. This helps me try and understand the new thing that has come into my workshop.

Dyslexics Take Things Apart
Dyslexic Thoughts Floating to the Ceiling

floating pieces

Then I turn away and move my attention to something else. I leave the pieces on the table but when I come back to them they’re not there anymore. Some of the pieces have stayed put but the smaller parts that hold everything together have gone. When I look for them they have floated up to the top of the ceiling and are floating around like helium balloons. That’s the zero gravity aspect of my brain. That sense of reduced gravity means that my ideas are often floating around and they’re hard to catch.

Zero gravity thinking

The ideas haven’t disappeared entirely but every time I want to to remember the new thing that I put on the table I have to pull all the ideas down and re-organise them. This zero gravity thinking has pros and cons.

The advantage is that when I’m focusing on what is on the work table I can actually make it three dimensional and understand it. I can take different ideas and fit them together.

Someone without this zero gravity brain, a non-dyslexic, finds it harder to move the pieces around and likes them to all stay in place and so they find it harder to conceptualise new ideas.

Zero gravity workshop

Gravity!

The downside of this way of thinking is that when I try to take my ideas out of my workshop to share them with someone else they just seem to fall apart and I can’t quite put them together again.

I didn’t always understand why this happened and now I do. Its gravity!

duct tape!

The answer to the problem of what to do about taking this wonderful prototype in my imagination and making it able to get out the door without falling to bits is duct tape!

I need some tape to stick my ideas together and hold them in a way that I can explain them to another person.

zero gravity workshop

mindmap

For me, that tape is a mindmap.

If I’m writing lots of notes it’s like I’m constantly taking my mind off what I have just written to write the next thing and the ideas just float away and it stops making sense.

With a mind map I don’t need to do lots of writing. I can just take the key idea, find a component part and write it onto a branch. I keep doing this with different components on different branches until I have a blueprint that doesn’t need lots of words.

headphone trick

Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the quick release headphones. Well, this blueprint is how I can now quick release my thoughts and they make sense!

I would encourage you as a parent to learn how to do this with your child especially if they’re creative or dyslexic. A lot of my students have found that this unlocks their abilities and releases them productively into the real world.

headphone trick steps
zero gravity workshop

Online workshop

I’d encourage you to join a free mini online workshop for mindmapping Dyslexia. Its a taster of what we do with families  helping them learn all about how mind mapping can take away a lot of the stress of High School. Our teenage students love the workshop and regularly score it 4-5 stars.

The link for the seminar is down below and I’d really love it you could join me!

zero gravity

Did you enjoy the video? Watch more animated Mindmap videos and find out more about Mindmapping and Dyslexia at our Blogs

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How parents new to dyslexia deal with information overwhelm and the shock of discovering under resourced teachers Dyslexia Explored #38 Facebook Youtube Instagram Caron trout Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from iTunes. Don’t forget to leave reviews while your at it.

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.