Visual Productivity Challenge – YMM #48

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In this episode we’ll talk about the Visual Productivity Challenge. It’s an opportunity for you to try out some visual mapping strategies, and decide for yourself whether it’s right for you or not.

The purpose of the challenge is for you to make “something” new using visual maps as your tool. I want you to personally see how much easier it is to take a visual approach to creation compared to how you’ve been taught in school.

That “something” you make could be almost anything, including:

  • Speech (Ted talk or Toastmasters speech)
  • Book
  • New product
  • New Standard Operating Procedure
  • Study resource for school

I bet you already have a great idea in mind already. Now all you need to do is follow along with the challenges and see the results yourself.

The Challenge will take place over 4 weeks and everyone who takes part will win something.

I also have some juicy prizes for one lucky grand prize participant.

The challenge is easy enough that anyone can enter. All you need is a Google account (for YouTube and Google+).

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The biggest complaint from people who have purchased Visual Productivity (and how I’m solving it)
  • How you can take part in the Visual Productivity Challenge and win some great prizes
  • What you’ll get, just for participating in all 4 challenges
  • What you have to do for Challenge #1 (It’s really easy)

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Take part in the Visual Productivity Challenge!

Whether you’re new to visual mapping, or if you’ve been using maps for a while, it would be great to have you participate in the challenge.

There’s an opportunity to win some great prizes, but the obvious benefit to you will be the chance to have a finished (or nearly finished) book, product, speech, project, or whatever it is that you choose to work on.

I know that it might seem strange to use visual strategies, because they’re a different approach to what you’re used to, and that’s why it’s important that you try them out. There’s a short learning curve where it may seem slightly harder for you, but after 4 short weeks, I’m positive you’ll see the difference for yourself.

Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.

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Brainstorming – YMM047



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This episode is all about Brainstorming.

We’ll cover the reasons why some people think brainstorming is ineffective, and I’ll talk about the study that people have been quoting as proof.

We’ll also go over some best practices when brainstorming effectively, and I’ll also give you an alternative method to generating ideas.

That, some history, and a few stories all inside this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Walt Disney’s 3-step method to idea generation
  • What Bill Gates was doing in a cabin in the woods
  • How George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created some of the best scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Why early brainstormers felt like they were being commandos
  • The 4 original rules of brainstorming
  • Why some people think that brainstorming doesn’t work
  • The best practices of brainstorming
  • My alternative strategy… Let’s call it Brainstorming 2.0

“The more you rub your creative lamp, the more alive you feel,” ~ Alex F Osborn (Creator of Brainstorming)

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Visual Mapping Review Series Wrapup – YMM046

Visual Mapping Review Series

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Just as all good things must come to an end, so must the Visual Mapping Review series (VMRS) – at least for 2014.

In this episode, we’ll go over some of the things I learned from doing the VMRS, and I’ll share the good and the bad from this year.

I have some good things lined up for the next few episodes, so make sure you stay tuned. We’ll be diving into brainstorming, email, voice recognition, goals, and other fun topics.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How my pronunciation of Java got me in trouble with the “Language Police.”
  • My thoughts on the iOS 8 Upgrade from Apple.
  • Visual Mapping Review Series Recap
  • Why the number of views is down from last year
  • What I liked about some specific mapping programs
  • My key frustration points

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Visual Mapping Review Series Update – YMM045

In this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast we’re going to talk about visual mapping, Xmind, and even some time blocking.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

The secretive new time blocking beta that I’m involved with.

How I managed to get my hands on Xmind 2014.

What I think about the first seven solutions in the visual mapping review series 2014.

Why am taking part in the YouTube income challenge. [Read more…]

The Visual Mapping Review Series 2014 – YMM#44

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We’re starting this year’s set of reviews

In Episode 44 of the You’re Making Me podcast, I’m going to look ahead to this year’s visual mapping review series. I’ve given it a new name, and I’m adding the year because I plan on keeping this going as long as it provides value to people.

The official name is The Visual Mapping Review Series 2014. I’ll probably also use the abbreviation VMRS too, so keep an eye out for that.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking into several visual mapping programs for your PC, mobile devices, as well as Internet solutions.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What I’ve heard that makes me think visual mapping is the coolest part of my business
  • Which review from last year upset the most people.
  • Why one size doesn’t fit all with visual mapping tools
  • How I plan on doing each review
  • The 4 main categories for this years reviews (Including 2 new ones)
  • The first two videos I’ll be recording

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Do you have a favourite program?

If you have a specific visual mapping tool that you absolutely love, feel free to live and leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to have a look at it. Unfortunately, I can’t promise that I’ll do a video review since there’s so much out there, but I’ll do my best to look at as many visual mapping solutions as I can.

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Do you need to switch to a tablet? – YMM#43


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Note: This episode was recorded before the Surface Pro 3 announcement, so I won’t be mentioning it during this episode. I’m still happy with my observations, so I haven’t added anything to what I’ve said.

In this episode I’ll go over my thoughts on laptops versus tablets.

I’ve had the opportunity to play around with a lot of the newer tablets and I’ve made a decision as to whether it’s time for me to leave my laptop and go with a tablet for my main machine.

My current laptop works fine, but it doesn’t have enough horsepower to edit 1080p videos effectively. That means I’m stuck producing 7 20p content for my YouTube channel.

Part of my decision for a new device is based on portability, but my goal is to choose the most effective machine, that will meet all my needs.

What went into my decision?

I go over a lot of the deciding factors that I believe are important, and I talk candidly about what I like and what I don’t like about the Surface Pro, iPad, Ultra Books, Net Books, and Laptops.

I’ll also explain why I’d rather have one main device than several that I switch back and forth on. [Read more…]

Success Comes from Taking Action – YMM #42

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I was thinking about an awesome quote I remembered from the show, The Unit. I binge watched all of the episodes a while back, so I forgot where the exact quote was. Luckily, I was able to do some “Research,” by re-watching parts of some of the episodes.

This quote has probably stuck in my mind because Dennis Haysbert has an amazing voice, and can make anything sound good.

“They’re ready for someone, but they ain’t ready for us.”

Snake Doctor (Dennis Haysbert) in The Unit

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In The Big One, we’ll go over why you shouldn’t believe signal lights, but what you can do instead to show you’re committed to taking action.

Then, we’ll talk about 4 reasons why simple strategies are often more effective than complex ones. [Read more…]

#1 Key to Success – Ignite a Burning Belief in Yourself – YMM #41



ingite a burning belief in yourselfIn this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast we’ll cover ways to stay excited about your goals by Igniting a burning belief in yourself.

If you’ve read my book Diamonds and Silver, you might recognize it as the first lesson our hero learns.

This week’s Top X of a Topic is on the same topic. X=3 this week, which means I’ll count down the three top ways to ignite a burning belief in yourself.

Other than that, I’ve got some news to share, and a little bit of gossip.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why I want you to stop whispering, “I love you,” at work
  • What it means to go Oliver Twist on something
  • The balloon technique and how it applies to motivation, and why you should NEVER visualize RED balloons.
  • I’ll give you an example of an “Fake it ’till you make it” horror story. I’ll also tell you why you should still fake it anyway.
  • What I believe is the best motivator know to exist
  • What pouring wine into a glass of vinegar can teach you about changes in your life [Read more…]

YMM #40 – A Jump in Listeners – Wow!


jump-in-listenersIn this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast we’re going to talk about some of the latest developments in the area of visual thinking.

I also want to say thanks to everyone who’s been listening. I’ve seen a huge spike in listeners during the past few months.

I even found a way to include a 5-minute brownie recipe for you to check out. I think you’re going to like it.

All that in about 13 minutes.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why some people can’t believe I wrote Diamonds and Silver
  • Why Kevin’s so excited about the latest podcast numbers
  • About a new visual mapping tool for Evernote
  • Why you should get the latest version of XMind
  • Some more cool news pieces [Read more…]

What Happened On The Way To My Flu Sniff – YMM #39


flu-shot-lineupSo, I took my family to get the flu shot a few weeks ago.

You may be wondering what that has to do with you?

Maybe nothing, but if you’re interested in learning how to improve your results, why not stay for a while and give the podcast a listen.

In this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast, I’ll tell you a pretty good story (if I do say so myself), and go over some ways that my less than stellar experience, can help you to avoid the pain of being unprepared for a spike in demand.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What’s a flu sniff anyway?
  • Why I think Pinterest could have helped my flu immunization
  • 3 ways to avoid filling out forms by hand
  • How a flu immunization can teach you about your own business / life [Read more…]