Thursday, 25 March 2010

Mind Maps for Holidays

imageThe DIY approach to booking a holiday is a lot of fun, can save money and help avoid the crowds.  There is however an administration overhead and tracking all the itinerary details can be a nightmare.

imageOf course, mind mapping is a great way of planning the holiday, tracking progress of all the tasks needed to get it booked and also pulling together all the bookings, tickets, routes and timings.

This MindManager map was used to organise last year’s family trip to Germany.  It includes:

  • contact details as notes
  • hotel brochures and bookings in PDF form via hyperlinks
  • links to folders containing travel insurance documents
  • route maps pasted inside topics
  • journey times as topics.

image  A highly visual way of checking that everything has been done and also of bringing all the information together in one place.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Workshop Template

Planning to achieve a successful meeting or workshop often revolves around defining the focus question(s) to put to the group.  A tightly worded question helps the group understand what is to be discussed or worked upon and what kind of response is required.

Sometimes this is sufficient however there are times where a structured answer is required.  It may also be difficult for the group to answer the question without being able to visualise the format and structure of the response needed.  This is where a workshop template may be useful.  The template can be a handout or drawn in full size on a flip chart or both. 

Here is an example handout.  In this example, the group were to work in three syndicates and to present back a tightly structured response that would be consolidated into a single document by the workshop scribe.

Scenario Template

Further help in visualising the desired output was provided by a version of the template completed with a mock or model response.

Scenario Template2

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