Train Your Brain

How To Use Mind Maps to Write books, articles and technical documents

Watch the video below to see how you can use mind maps to write books, articles and technical documents:

Taking the time to mind map your plans is a simple way to organize your thoughts. The majority of the time when we start the brainstorming process, all sorts of ideas come out of our head. These ideas aren’t always related and our brains often throw out thoughts that sometimes seem irrelevant. The benefits of mind mapping are that we can draw out the idea or jot down a note about the new thought. It’s possible that later on in the writing process when you are putting the plan together, you will trigger your mind with one of those seemingly irrelevant thoughts.

The benefit of using mind maps is that you can organize your thoughts in an easy way. In fact, you can put your ideas anywhere that you want on the piece of paper and then later take the time to connect them. This works great for me because I tend to jump from idea to idea a lot.

You can then create another mind map to organize these different ideas and chunk like ideas together. After this, all you need to do is put a structure to your thoughts and come up with a proper sequence of events to make your book, article or document come together!

 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Experiences Working with Tony Buzan

My dad just found this picture of me (Chris) when I was a lot younger and when I first learned about Mind Mapping and started to understand the potential that the human brain has. Below is a picture of me with the inventor of the mind map, Tony Buzan.

Chris Hughes and Tony Buzan Discussing a Mind Map

If you don’t know who Tony Buzan is, he is the world’s foremost expert on thinking visually, and a leading lecturer on the brain and learning. Tony has lectured to diverse audiences, ranging from large corporations, to universities, to governments. Tony invented Mind Maps in the 1970s, and has been instructing millions in this technique ever since.

When I was in elementary school, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the USA Memoriad with my father. This event is a gathering of the greatest minds in America and was a competition to find out who in the US had the best memory. This competition challenged these contestants in contests ranging from memorizing names and faces, to memorizing decks of cards. It was also used to study different techniques that people had developed to learn and remember information better.

I was brought in and performed as a juggler for the contestants and the spectators. I actually ended up teaching the contestants and some of the spectators how to juggle, which was an extremely important event in my life. It was at these events that I was able to test different teaching styles with teaching people how to juggle. An added benefit of me being there was that I was able to spend 1-on-1 time with some of the contestants and learn about tricks they’ve picked up and how they learn.

But the truth was that the greatest thing about performing at this event was not meeting the contestants…

The greatest thing about attending this event was being able to show Tony Buzan what I had been working on. I was able to show him how I was using mind mapping to help me pass tests in school. I was using the information that he had taught me to study for tests and write papers. (You can see in the picture there that I was showing one of my many mind maps that was on soccer.)

Working With Tony Buzan

Having the opportunity to work with Tony Buzan at such a young age had a profound impact on the way I studied and would remember information. When I learned how to mind map, I would end up spending less time studying because I would remember the information better. The mapping of this information and using pictures to show meaning was a new way of studying for me and I ended up using it on and off throughout my schooling.

During high school I ended up moving away from using the mind map, and it wasn’t until my junior year in college that I started to pick it back up again. Coincidentally, that is also when my grades started to improve drastically. The first few years I really struggled with learning and recalling information but my last 2 years of college seemed to be a breeze for me. I know that implementing mind maps into my studying had a significant impact on the way I recalled information.

Now that I have started spending more time studying the brain and specific reasons why the brain works the way it does, I am understanding just why mind maps work.

It’s amazing to me to think that 15 years ago I was learning about the brain and the importance of finding ways to train your brain to better understand information. Over these past 15 years, there has been a major shift in the information that is now available about the brain. What’s fascinating to me is that a lot of this information has been discovered by people working with Tony Buzan.

In fact, his company, ThinkBuzan, has been developing a range of accredited courses where people can learn more about creativity, innovation and mind mapping.

My dad, who also is working with me here at Brain Smart Success has been written about in a few of Tony Buzan’s books.

Bob took concepts that Tony speaks about and implemented them through his Senior Management leadership positions at IBM. Books that include Bob in them can be found on our About Us Page.

We’ve been at the forefront of what we believe is going to be a huge change in the way we use our brains. That is the reason we started Brain Smart Success and the reason we are going to continue to put out practical information that is going to help you experience more success and have more fun in your business.

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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National Geographic’s Brain Games TV Show

I’m not one to spend a lot of time watching TV, unless of course it’s some form of sports. However, I just found out about this show called Brain Games on National Geographic.

Brain Games is a show that’s all about the brain and ways that we can be fooling our brain in our everyday lives. This show is one of the most up-to-date shows on the topic of the brain and how our brain functions.

It’s amazing the ways that our brain’s play tricks on us. You may be familiar with a few of the games that they go through on the videos below, but there are many of the games that I had never thought about or would have ever even considered.

In part 2, you can see hear some examples of how your brain can play tricks on you. It’s amazing to see how much our brains rely on our eyes to help us understand what is happening during certain situations.

I don’t want to confuse you with a bunch of brain terms, so I just want to share with you the videos and hopefully peak your interest in learning more about the brain and how you can use the brain to benefit your life in a positive way.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

If you are interested in watching more about the Brain Games show, you can watch it on National Geographic or you can buy the series from Amazon.

Click Here to get Brain Games on Amazon 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Christmas Gifts That Train Your Brain

It’s that time of year again!

The Holidays are upon us and it’s time that we all start thinking about gifts to give our family and friends.

As you know already, we love helping people like yourself learn better and improve their brains. With this in mind, I wanted to create a post that was all about good gifts that will train your brain. This post will share some inexpensive gifts that you can give to others that will help make them a better person.

Desk Calendars

Desk Calendars are great gifts because they continue to give new information each day for an entire year. Every day you get a new tip or trick to help train your brain. These are great for anyone who has a desk and likes to know what day it is. (hint: everyone!)

“I buy this as a gift for my husband every Christmas. He absolutely loves this calendar. He thoroughly enjoys all the ‘brain’ puzzles. It nice that you can give someone a gift that lasts the whole year through. And of course it is always so easy to purchase from Amazon – timely service every time. Thank You Amazon – continue to do what you do!!!”

 

 

Brain Games

Brain Games is a book that’s divided into five sections of puzzles, each progressively more difficult than the last. This is a book that will help train your brain. This book includes five sections of puzzles, and each one gets more difficult than the last.

Click here to get the Brain Games book.

What’s included in this book?
* Anagrams
* Crosswords
* Cryptograms
* Drawing Exercises
* Language Puzzles
* Logic Puzzles
* Math Puzzles

 

Brain Video Games

Who would have ever thought that video games could be good for training your brain?

Nintendo DS has come up with a great game that will help you train your brain in minutes a day.

The Brain Age 2 game could be an excellent gift if you know someone who has a Nintendo DS already and wants to start training their brain. This would be a great gift for younger kids as well as anyone who wants unconventional gifts to improve their brain and memory.

 

 

The Gift Of Language

Learning a new language is one of the best ways to train your brain and keep your memory from disappearing. By challenging your brain to learn a new language, you are making yourself smarter and exercising your brain. This will help improve your memory and will also give you the opportunity to meet and chat with people who you never would have been able to if you could only speak english.

There are many languages available and Rosetta Stone is by far the best choice for learning a new language.

Languages available:
Spanish
French
Italian
-Many Many More…

 

These are all gifts that will benefit your brain and are fairly inexpensive gifts when you think about the value of your brain. The more you take care of your brain, the better life you will live.

For more gift ideas check out these other gifts:

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Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Roger Craig Dominates Jeopardy Using Brain Power

Roger Craig is a computer scientist and he built an application that allowed him to power study his way through thousands of old Jeopardy questions. This application basically programmed his brain to remember information that would be relevant to Jeopardy and questions that are likely to be asked again.

Check out how he did it:

Roger Craig – Knowledge Tracking from Steven Dean on Vimeo.

 

Training your brain and finding new ways to remember information is what Brain Smart Success is all about.

This was definitely a cool little app that was designed and something that shows what’s truly possible when you start to unleash the power of your brain.

If you want to learn how to release your Genius Within watch the video below:

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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