During the last several months, I have been hard at work building an expanded version of my F.A.S.T. framework for effective mind mapping. I’m super-excited about the progress that I’ve made, and I’m now just a few weeks away from launching it as an expanded e-course.
For those of you who downloaded the F.A.S.T. framework e-book (version 1.0) or participated in the recent Biggerplate webinar, version 2.0 will be a MAJOR upgrade compared to what you’ve seen so far.
The first version of the F.A.S.T. framework was based on my perception of what mind mappers needed to build effective mind maps. But it wasn’t validated by you, my loyal readers.
For version 2.0, I asked you to help me make it better – more relevant, more helpful, more actionable. Many of you shared your insights and suggestions with me. Your feedback was eye-opening and helped to shape the F.A.S.T. framework into what it is today – an even more powerful process for producing effective mind maps!
Here’s what’s coming in version 2.0 of the F.A.S.T. framework
Reframing its purpose: Better solutions come from asking better questions. The main question posed and answered by version 1.0 of the F.A.S.T. framework was “How can I consistently create thigh-quality, effective mind maps?” For version 2.0, I decided that I needed to base it on a deeper, more specific question that would serve as more of a benchmark for what every effective mind map looks like:
How can you create mind maps that are clear, complete and actionable?
I’m now creating a worksheet that will enable you to evaluate your mind maps against these three criteria.
Why a framework matters: An exploration of the nature of frameworks, and how they can help you make progress faster in nearly any field, no matter what your skill level.
First principles thinking: I introduce the concept of first principles thinking and explain how this course is based on it. This innovative mindset is used by some of the world’s smartest and most successful thinkers, including Elon Musk (Tesla ans Space X), Reed Hastings (Netflix) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon).
A new visual scheme: The F.A.S.T. framework has now become more visual. Each of its four steps now has a color and an icon associated with it. That visual identity is reflected in each slide of the e-course, so you’ll always have a strong sense of where you are in the process as you’re learning about it.
A map-building exercise: Each lesson of the F.A.S.T. framework e-course will contain a map-building exercise that’s designed to help you put into practice what you’ve learned in each lesson. This isn’t just some hypothetical example, either. It’s based on a marketing project that I’m doing for a new freelance client of mine, It’s as REAL as it gets!
I’m quite pleased at how this exercise turned out, because it really brings to life the core concepts and principles of each step in the F.A.S.T. framework. Plus, it addresses a key need you expressed in your feedback on version 1.0:
Don’t just tell me – SHOW me!
I’m confident that this new how-to element will add a lot of value to this new course!
New tips and techniques for building out the content of your mind map during the Associate and Transform stages of the F.A.S.T. framework.
The F.A.S.T. framework 2.0 is all about YOU!
All of these improvements and additions have been driven by YOUR feedback. Version 2.0 of the F.A.S.T. framework is ultimately a reflection of YOUR needs!
The F.A.S.T. framework e-book is no longer available for free download. The course is now available – you can learn more about it here.
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