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 2014 – Intro

Here’s a look a what to expect from the 2014 version of the Visual Mapping Review Series. I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements in products from last year, and also at seeing what else it out there.

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Video Highlights:

00:35 – At least one day with each

00:55 – One size does not fit all

01:06 – Last years reviews

01:32 – How you can get involved

Transcript of Video:

Would you like to have an over-the-shoulder look at how to get real work done using visual maps? That’s the whole point of the visual mapping review series.

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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.

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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
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Getting Started With Mind Mapping – Part 3 – YMM#37


mind-mapI sit down again with Greg Gazin to put him through the paces with XMind. We’ll go over setting up an XMind capture system, and how to translate those ideas into goals you can take action on.

I’ve also added more content to the FAW (Follow Along Workbook), so that’s definitely worth checking out.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why Greg says Visual Thinking is “Unnatural”
  • Why it’s important to separate the mind dump from the organization
  • The special sheet I use to maintain focus
  • My top business goals for 2014
  • MEGA Productivity includes the 45 minute goals workshop
  • Which new bonus I’m added to my Visual Productivity eBook

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Great Ideas is a Numbers Game – YMM #36



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Coming up with great ideas is a numbers game. In this episode of the You’re Making Me podcast I’ll explain exactly what I mean and give you a real world example of how this can apply to you.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • One of the big things people challenge me on (Sorry, but I’m right)
  • What’s different about the new coffee shop in town
  • How I’m getting a friend to use the “Numbers Game” for his new book
  • An update on Visual Productivity if you’re considering buying XMind through me. [Read more…]

XMind Promo Goes Live, and Answering Questions – YMM #35


xmind-promoI’m happy to announce that the XMind Promo, where you can get 3 free bonuses from me, is up and running. When you buy XMind through my link, I’ll throw in the bonuses at no extra cost.

I’ll also cover some questions from listeners (like how to deal with mind maps when they get too big) and I’ll fill you in on the latest XMind Cheat Sheet videos.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Which is better: pretty or functional mind maps?
  • 3 ways to deal with really big mind maps
  • What’s coming up in 2014
  • How to get your hands on the bonuses from my XMind Promo

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XMind Promo (With Bonuses) goes live:

Latest XMind Cheat Sheet Tutorials: I’m just finishing up the Mind Toolbox tutorials (Relationship, Boundary, Summary, Labels, Markers, Notes, Drill Down). They should be up by the weekend.

yWriter – This is the program I use for writing books and for storing info on my computer. Here’s a link to a blog post I did on it including a video tutorial.

Get your copy of the XMind Cheat Sheet (It’s free)

If you’re interested in productivity, you should definitely check out my XMind Cheat Sheet. It’s a mind map (using XMind, which is also free) and it’s crammed full of tutorials. Every tutorial has a YouTube video to go along with it, so you can choose the method of instruction.

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Getting Started With Mind Mapping – Part 2 – YMM #34


getting-started-with-mind-mappingIn this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast, I talk again with Greg Gazin about implementing a Mind Mapping strategy into his workflow.

We go over how to organize your mind map, some of the key features to be productive right out of the gate, and details on the XMind template you can use to follow along with the series.

I’ll also talk a little more about the new XMind Cheat Sheet. It’s looking great, and it’s available for download.

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My DIY Standing Desk


standing-deskI’ve been toying around with the idea of transitioning to a standing desk (AKA stand-up desk / stand up desk) for over a year. After making a few mock-ups to help me decide whether I wanted to go ahead, I finally decided to pick something up.

Why a standing desk?

I’ve owned a counter height table in the past, and really enjoyed using it to work on and practice speeches. I loved it, but it wasn’t really meant to be a desk. We sold it, and I’ve been “reminiscing” about it for the past year.

There are plenty of people out there who would like to sell you a standing desk, but they usually start in the $300 range and quickly go up to $1000 and over. The obvious benefit of buying a “real” standing desk is that they’re usually easy to adjust to suit people of different heights, and some can quickly convert from sitting to standing.

My Standing Desk specifications:

  1. Small Desk size (Enough room to hold my laptop, mouse, phone)
  2. Not “Completely Ugly”
  3. Portability would be an asset, but not absolutely necessary
  4. Reasonably priced (I probably need more than one)

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