Investing in an e-course is a big decision. You have so many questions. I’ve assembled this list of FAQs to help answer the most common ones about my new Mind Mapping Software for Strategic Planning e-course.
How does mind mapping software enhance and improve the strategic planning process?
It enhances the strategic planning process in a number of ways:
- Unlike whiteboards and flip charts, mind mapping software has a nearly limitless canvas on which to explore and capture your group’s thinking.
- Unlike whiteboards and flip charts, mind mapping software gives you the ability to rearrange, re-organize and add to your thoughts with almost complete freedom.
- It promotes greater team member engagement and buy-in because they can see how their ideas fit in context with those their peers have contributed.
- The mind map format also makes it easy for team members to build upon each others’ ideas, enhancing the team’s creative output.
How will the full e-course enhance my ability to run strategic planning sessions?
It will equip you with the skill set you need to walk your team through a series of thinking exercises to help you discern and build consensus around your firm’s strategic direction. It will give you the confidence to use mind mapping software to guide the discussion and capture your team’s input, and refine and distill it into a cohesive plan of action.
I only run strategic planning sessions occasionally. Will this course help me in other ways?
Whether you need to manage a strategic planning session, create a business or marketing plan or get your head around a major, multi-faceted project, the framework is the same:
- Assess where you are now,
- Brainstorm what you need to accomplish,
- Identify the most valuable and actionable ideas. and
- Formulate a plan of action with all of the right tasks, resources and budget.
That’s what my new e-course reveals: a practical, easy-to-implement framework that guides you through a visual thinking and planning process that leads to superior outcomes.
You can use the skills this course teaches you to elevate the way you manage ANY type of business planning.
Isn’t strategic planning very complex? I’m afraid that trying to understand it in the context of mind mapping software will be too complicated.
The basics of mind mapping software are easy to learn and apply. The course teaches you how to utilize a series of simple thinking exercises to help you clarify your firm’s current situation, future goals and a practical roadmap to get you there.
I don’t currently use mind mapping software. Can I still benefit from this course?
Yes. The basics of mind mapping software are easy to learn and apply – so much so that I included a lesson on how to use it in the course preview. Several developers make free or low-cost mind mapping software that you can use to get started with strategic planning almost immediately.
Consensus building is often a problem for our planning teams. How will mind mapping software help?
That’s one of the amazing things about group brainstorming and planning with mind mapping software: By giving the team exceptional clarity into the issues and ideas surrounding their current challenge, a mind map projected on screen makes it much easier to reach consensus.
What kind of a return on investment can I expect from the Mind Mapping Software for Strategic Planning e-course?
What’s your time worth on an hourly basis? If you’re a mid-level executive, your fully-loaded cost to your employer is at least $70 per hour – and could easily be in excess of $100 per hour if you’re a senior-level manager.
All you need to get a positive ROI from this training program is one hour of savings.
In reality, you will save MUCH more than that.
If you’re conducting a session with a team, this ROI gets amplified even more by the number of high-value executives who you’re asking to take time away from their normal revenue-producing activities to be part of your team. Transforming the effectiveness of your time together will yield an incredible return on your modest investment in this comprehensive e-course.
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