This is an issue I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Why? Because many people habitually under-value training. They don’t realize the magnitude of the return on investment it can create for them. When you work with ideas like I do, your ability to think and plan and express ideas is CRITICAL. Training is a key way you can expand your ability to do so.
Many people view an introductory tutorial from the developer. Or they learn by doing. They play around with the software and then consult the help file when they get stuck – which, ironically, is usually not very helpful. This approach is passable for getting started. It helps you figure out the basic functionality of the tool, but not much more.
When it comes to mind mapping software, this is actually a REALLY important question. Why? Because, like many types of productivity software, mind mapping tools are a blank slate. When you first create a mind map, you’re greeted by a lonely central topic, surrounded by a blank canvas. That can be very intimidating for new users of it.
Plus, mind mapping software presents newbies with many terms and commands that may be foreign to them. It’s a unique environment.
Here are five ways training can help you expand the depth, variety and value of the ideas you’re able to create.