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A Fresh Approach to the New Year

New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, the mental list of New Year’s resolutions starts to form; usually a lengthy list with the aim of dispelling annoying personal habits, or reaching professional goals – and always with a few of the usual suspects making a repeat performance from the year before.

Many New Year’s resolutions emanate from the downfalls, disasters and misjudgements of the previous year, as a last-ditch attempt to avoid repetition in the New Year. We think that by avoiding the same failures, we might somehow pave a path to a more positive outcome at the end of the next year.

CEO of ThinkBuzan and co-author of Mind Maps for Business, Chris Griffiths, argues that this reactive mode of thinking simply doesn’t cut it in the modern world. “What worked in the past no longer fits the bill so we’re being forced to ‘up our game’”.

Rather than simply avoiding making the same mistakes again, we need to be more creative and more innovative. We need to look forwards, for new opportunities and anticipating future bumps in the road. In other words, we need to be proactive.

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‘GRASP The Solution’ Gets Five Stars!

We were over the moon this week to come across a couple of top reviews of our CEO, Chris Griffiths’ recently released book GRASP The Solution.

The first came from ForeWord Reviews. Based in the United States, this organisation is one of the few remaining wholly independent review sources, which makes it even better to see GRASP The Solution receive a superb 5 star rating from their reviewer Barry Silverstein. The book is described as ‘far-reaching’ and ‘engaging’ and the Mind Mapping chapter was especially well-received!

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Don’t get Snowed Under this December!

We’re midway through December and the holiday festivities have well and truly begun! Tis the season of office parties; huge amounts of shopping to be done; mounds of food to be prepared; and for many of us, there’s added pressure as December marks the end of the working year. Like most of us, you’re probably feeling as though you need an extra day in the week to complete all the tasks on your to-do list by the end of the year.

Luckily, iMindMap is on hand to help you get organised and make the most of every precious minute during these festive holidays.

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Last Delivery Dates for Christmas

Beat the Christmas Rush

If you’re taking advantage of our 20% off seasonal sale to buy an iMindMap boxed product that you would like to receive before Christmas, please order before the recommended last delivery dates below.

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Seasonal Sale: 20% off iMindMap Products!

The iMindMap Festive Shop

Discount Code: JINGLE

Enter the discount code in the Shopping Cart when purchasing

Order before December 21st 23:59 (GMT) and get 20% off all of this….


20% OFF iMindMap Home & Student

Get organised, get creative and get thinking with the perfect gift for family and friends.

20% OFF iMindMap Ultimate

Give our flagship product to help someone you care about wow their colleagues with innovation to stand out from the crowd.

20% OFF iMindMap Online

Get connected with our web-based Mind Mapping tool, perfect for those on the go. Mind Map on any computer just by logging in, share maps and collaborate in real time.

20% OFF iMindMap Upgrades

Are you or someone you know still using iMindMap v4? Or perhaps need the features of iMindMap Ultimate but still using a lower edition? Well now is the perfect time to upgrade with a generous 20% off.

20% OFF Resource Plus Pack

The perfect readymade gift set for this holiday season, with books, DVDs, iMindMap templates and more to educate and excite both beginners and experienced Mind Mappers.

Discount Code: JINGLE

Enter the discount code in the Shopping Cart when purchasing

Don’t forget – you only have until December 21st 23:59 (GMT)

Delivery for Christmas

If you are ordering boxed products, for delivery before Christmas please order by the following dates:

Worldwide

Saturday 3rd December

Europe

Tuesday 6th December

UK

Monday 12th December

If you need any assistance or have any questions get in touch with our Support Team or call us on +44 (0)20 71 177 173 or 1-800-961-4582


Daydreaming At Work

18th November 2011, by Chris Griffiths

Focused daydreaming is one of the most effective tools for heightening creativity and cultivating powerful solutions to all sorts of business issues. While most bosses may frown upon daydreaming as a complete ‘waste of time’, I’ve recently been flying the flag for its strategic use in the workplace.

Listen to my interview with Henry Bonsu of Colourful Radio for more clarity on the creativity-enhancing benefits of this technique:

Chris Griffiths Interview with Colourful Radio

Also, please check out my guest article on Brainzooming.com where I go into detail on the value of daydreaming and how to use it purposefully:

‘Focused Daydreaming – A Practical Tool for Creativity’ from Chris Griffiths

Want to know more about Focused Daydreaming?

Focused daydreaming (or ‘Thought Experiments’) is one of several creativity topics and tools covered in my latest book GRASP The Solution: How to find the best answers to everyday challenges. In this book, I outline how rising entrepreneurs or those interested in self-development can use daydreaming strategically to access the deeper parts of the mind and develop champion ideas and solutions.

Spotlight On: ThinkBuzan Cloud (beta): Connect your Computers with the Cloud

Brand new to iMindMap 5.4 is the much anticipated ThinkBuzan Cloud!

ThinkBuzan Cloud (beta) is your own personal space online from ThinkBuzan where you can securely save all the Mind Maps you create in iMindMap and iMindMap Online.

Whilst the brand new ThinkBuzan Cloud is under beta testing, it’s available to iMindMap Home & Student users,iMindMap Ultimate users and all those with an iMindMap Online subscription for absolutely free!

ThinkBuzan Cloud is also a tool of convenience and a real time-saver for those of you Mind Mappers using iMindMap on multiple computers. Simply save your iMindMap Mind Maps to ThinkBuzan Cloud and you can always access the most recent and up-to-date version of your maps on any computer that has iMindMap software installed, or in iMindMap Online.

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Anyone Can Be Creative – Chris Griffith’s Interview with Biggerplate.com

16th November 2011, by Chris Griffiths

Biggerplate interviewNot long ago I had the great privilege to be interviewed by Liam Hughes of Biggerplate.com. We had an enjoyable chat about my new book GRASP The Solution, the value of thinking creatively in tough times and the role that Mind Mapping can play.

Liam challenged me to share my perspectives on all sorts of sticky matters concerning creativity and innovation. Crucially, I debunk the myth that some people aren’t the ‘creative type’ or don’t have a creative brain. With the aid of a defined system and process, absolutely anyone can be creative and put new ideas into practice.

Other topics discussed include the GRASP concept and how the different modes of thinking affect creativity, the Solution Finder process for achieving ‘practical creativity’ and the usefulness of Mind Maps for capturing and cultivating ideas.

It’s well worth checking out. Read the complete interview on Biggerplate.com.

iMindMap 5.4.1 is Here: Welcome to NEW & IMPROVED Speed Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping has now become even faster!

The speedy new release of the free iMindMap 5.4.1 update, OUT TODAY, brings the welcome addition of some new, and some improved Speed Mind Mapping tools.  Here at ThinkBuzan, we’re all about finding new ways to help iMindMap users make the most of their precious time; we’re sure the brilliant new buttons will enable you to spend less time on the construction and more time on the important content of your Mind Map!

Have You Been Using Speed Mind Mapping?

iMindMap has always had built-in Speed Mind Mapping tools so you can create Mind Maps using just your keyboard but many users don’t even realise it is there! Bin your mouse and move over to an even quicker, faster and easier way of capturing your ideas.

Speed Mind Mapping works in conjunction with the timesaving SmartLayout feature so that you can record your ideas whilst the clever SmartLayout neatly lays out your branches for you – avoiding collisions or overlapping. Impressive huh?

Want to know how?
Read on or watch the video…
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iMindMap 5.4 is here!

James, the Captain of the iMindMap Desktop crew, is back again to fill you in on what the Development Team have been up to for iMindMap 5.4….

It’s that time again – iMindMap is getting another fantastic update! We’re proud to present to you iMindMap 5.4 which is now available through our in-app updates and to download via our website. Read our How-To-Guide on Updates to see how you can get your hands on this exciting new release.

iMindMap 5.4

In addition to the iMindMap 5.4 update, we are also introducing a new iMindMap desktop product range. You can find out more about the new range here.

This release is a big one and we’re very excited to put it into your hands. We’ve been driving all the people here at ThinkBuzan HQ harder than ever to offer a release that’s packed with goodies for you to enjoy. Check out the major changes in 5.4 below, whilst we all head off for a relaxing spa day…

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