Category Archives: Mind Maps

The table is turned, Oh Poo Poo

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As a Thinkbuzan Master Trainer for iMindMaps and hand drawn Mind Maps, I will show examples of Mind Maps from differing sources to my participants.

One such example, (not produced with the computer software iMindMaps, and not following the Tony Buzan rules of Mind Maps), is reproduced below from the book Mind Maps for Medicine, by P. McDermott and D.N. Clarke.
Diarrhoeal Disease Mind Map 
I often give this as an example of how a whole medical course and general medicine can be contained in an A4 sized book of about 140 pages. This one page is the only one I understand, I joke, because it is on Diarrheoal Diceases, and being that I am continually travelling I may have to refer to it.
Last Friday was the time.
Early Friday morning I awoke with aching limbs, a rumbling stomach, and I knew things were not good for me.
Sure enough. I suffered. I needed the Mind Map. I could not leave my hotel bathroom for a while. I became cold. I became weak. I became tired. I spent all afternoon Friday and evening in bed.
Friday night, Saturday morning, I continued, even being sick, but there was nothing to bring-up.
But, we had an appointment Saturday mid morning to see the Senior Doctor at Medical Park, Antalya, who I had demonstrated pain control with hypnosis with, with an idea to discuss my work. 
I could not let my colleagues down. Anyway there was nothing left inside me, and I was completely sterile of germs and bugs, having had a really good shower.
When sitting infront of him, the usual social talk started, and my colleagues, talking in Turkish, told him how ill I had been.
The table was turned, the meeting became about me, no matter how much I tried to steer the meeting back to the original agenda, the others were having non of it.
So, I ended up being treated for my diarrhoea, which had stopped anyway.
So this was my big Oh Poo Poo day. At least I new the subject well in more ways than one. 

Istanbul’da NLP Practitioner Kursu

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                                                                                                                                                         English version

Türkiye’deki herkese güzel bir haber; Istanbul’da 17 Nisan 2010 tarihinden itibaren 7 gün sürecek bir Society of NLP Practitioner kursuna daha başlıyoruz.

Türkiye’yi uzun yıllar ziyaret ederek, Istanbul, Ankara, Gaziantep, Antalya başta olmak üzere birçok bölgede Society of NLP standartlarında NLP Practitioner ve Master Practitioner kursları verdim.

Society of NLP’nin lisanslı eğitimeni olarak uzun yıllar Richard Bandler’ın ekibinde çalıştım ve doğrudan kendisinden eğitim aldım. Bu nedenle, benim katılımcılarım da NLP’yi Bandler’ın öğrettiği şekilde öğrendiklerini biliyorlar.

Malcolm Gladwell kitaplarında, bir kişinin belirli bir konuda ya da disiplinde uzman olabilmesi için o konuyu 10,000 saat öğrenmiş olması, içinde olması ya da kullanmış olması gerektiğini söyler. Katılımcılar bu zamanı benimle birlikte alacağından emin olabilir.

Yakın zamanda yine kurucularından PhotoReading, Zihin Haritaları (Mind Maps), Hafıza (Memory) ve Hipnoz (Hypnosis) eğitimleri de veriyor olacağım. Dolayısıyla umarım Istanbul’da görüşürüz…

17 Nisan 2010 tarihinde Istanbul ‘da yapılacak NLP Practitioner kursuyla ilgili daha detaylı bilgi için web sitesini ziyaret edebilirsiniz.

Old friends

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Still traveling to Italy to give courses, it is always great to see old faces, friends I have made on previous courses, and yes I can call them friends, as we seem to make a bond.

One such person is Donatella Fazzino, a lovely girl, whom I have met many times on NLP courses and PhotoReading and Mind Maps, her smiling face, her eagerness to learn, and her friendship was a joy for me.

Oh and Donatella, your driving was not that bad.

Donatella Fazzino and Phillip Holt Milan 2010

What a difference a day makes

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Although I have traveled to Milan in Italy, I have not ventured from the Concorde hotel where I am giving PhotoReading and Mind Mapping iMindMap courses, it is an enjoyable time,as I take participants from unconscious incompetence towards unconscious competence.

The participants visibly get more confidence and better with each hour, and the difference after a nights sleep is very evident.

It has not only been the participants who have changed but also the weather.

Arriving early Thursday morning, to a little snow in the air, to cold rain on Friday and Saturday, this Sunday morning there is not a cloud in the sky. Now for Rome tonight.


View from the Concorde Milano

Gaziantep Üniversitesi Naci Topçuoğlu

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In a hall so full of students, so full they were sitting on the stairs, I had the honour of giving a presentation of how they could enhance their memory skills and an overview of Mind Maps.

The University of Gaziantep has a number of academic units including Gaziantep Üniversitesi Naci Topçuoğlu, or the Vocational School of Higher Education.

Helped by Mehpare Kileci for the translation, we were on stage for nearly two hours of interactive fun and learning.

Phillip Holt on stage with Mehpare Kileci at Gaziantep Üniversitesi Naci Topçuoğlu

Large numbers of students crowded around at the end of the talk to ask questions, so I hope they learned from the presentation.

PhotoReading and Mind maps in Rome

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Now back in the UK having to wash my shirts and re-polish my shoes after four days in Rome giving a PhotoReading and Mind Mapping course.

Some of the participants on the PhotoReading and Mind Maps course, Roma, Oct 2009

Over twenty people attended the courses in the old Jolly now the NH Leonardo Di Vinci hotel in Via dei Gracchi, 324, Roma, and included some previous attendees, ready to practice PhotoReading and Mind Mapping.

Working on their PhotoReading and Mind Maps, Rome 2009 

Now I must rest and then prepare for Milano next weekend for an NLP Master Practitioner.

It is a good job I love my job.

Be prepared, and Sure and Steadfast

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I was never a Boy Scout, but I do like their motto, Be Prepared. I was in the Boys Brigade, the ones that wore the long trousers, with their motto, Sure and Steadfast.

Tomorrow is an early start when I travel to Rome to give another PhotoReading and Mind Maps course.

Despite telephone calls, salesmen trying to sell me things and services, trying to understand people and the messages they are really telling me whilst telling me something else, being led down the garden path by others and being aware enough not to let it happen, catching-up on my administration work, I have been able to get all my “stuff” ready for my trip to Rome.

My teaching aids are ready, my suitcase is packed, my shoes are clean, I have checked-in on-line for the flight and picked my seat, and the taxi is booked to pick me up at 5:30am.
I am prepared, and I am sure that I will be steadfast in my delivery of the courses.

PhotoReading and Mind Maps in Milan Italy

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I am now back in a raining Kingston upon Thames in England after four days in Milano, Italy, giving a PhotoReading and Mind Maps course.

Held in the Concorde Hotel we had twenty nine participants in a warm, sunny, strangely shaped long room, which added to the warm and friendly atmosphere.

PhotoReading and Mind Mapping, Milan, Italy, October 2009

Thank you all for the effort you put into the four days, your hard work, fun, enthusiasm, eagerness to learn new ideas, techniques, only helped me to give you even more. It is when I get feedback from the participants, plus chocolate cake, that love my work even more, to face challenges and new ideas with relish.

We got through six books each participant brought into the PhotoReading course, with articles, and learning, and I am always amazed how people can talk with authority about their individual books.

I am sure that all of you will put to good use the knowledge gained, to be able to read more very quickly to get what you need from written material with PhotoReading, and to use Mind Maps to remember and recall so much more information.

I know we will meet again, maybe this week in Rome, visit web site for Photoreading and Mind Maps courses in Italy, or even if we only meet on the internet like Facebook.


PhotoReading and Mind Mapping, Milan, Italy, October 2009

Carpe Diem. My work starts off again in earnest

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There are some situations one can plan for, and some we can not.

Sometime times we plan ahead for what we presuppose will occur. It could be for a business meeting, a presentation, a meal with friends, a date with a loved one, a wedding, our health, our future.

How often does what we plan happen as we planned for it to happen? Rarely, as so many outside forces influences the outcome, beyond our control.

Not even Darren Brown, a mentalist, a magician, an illusionist, a hypnotist, a person who has studied NLP, and has now become a television personality performing the most amazing feats at this time on TV weekly, can predict the future. A couple of weeks ago on “live” TV he predicted the results of all numbers drawn in the UK Lottery. How did he do it? Well, as I said he is a mentalist, a magician, an illusionist, a hypnotist, a person who has studied NLP, and an illusionlist.

I remember being on a TV program by Granada and Discovery TV, Extraordinary People, commenting on another performer Jess Rose, and his performance was amazing, yet predicable. That is to say, I still do not know how Darren Brown does what he does so well.

I too do not know what will be happening in the coming weeks.

I will be in Milan, Italy, from Thursday till Sunday, presenting a PhotoReading and Mind Mapping course at the Concorde Hotel, and the following week in Rome giving the same courses to another set of participants.

I have a plan of what I am going to do, what I am going to teach and present to them, and I am preparing and planing the trip.

Already, things are not going to plan.

I have heard my normal translator will not be with me, and who will be my new person, I have no idea. I have no idea of how good they will be, or have they worked with me before.

My laminating machine I use to prepare a handout has finally gone to the scrapheap in the sky, halfway through producing the final product.

I have hoped to have heard from people so I can plan for future dates, but the telephone stays silent.

Poo Poo happens and will always happen.

Am I disheartened? No.

Slightly unhappy? Yes.

Poo Poo happens, so there is only one way forward, accept it and get on with solving the problem with joy and fun.

Both my sister-in-law and her husband in Malaysia have cancer of the liver and stomach. The prognosis is not good, in fact the end is very near.

The husband has given up, and has done for some time. Yes he is very ill, but he does not help himself, expecting other people to do the fetching and carrying, his wife has taken the same attitude.

It is a big struggle to get the sister-in-law to do things for herself, not to give up. To get out into the garden to see the beauty of the flowers, to listen to the songs of tropical birds, to hear and watch the ever changing heavy tropical rain storm.

Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Enjoy the day. We do not know what will happen.

So, I am looking forward to starting my next tour of many countries, meeting new people and old friends and challenges.

I am planning ahead, but will have to make adjustments, like going to buy a new laminater, which I can do with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart.

So where ever you are in this small world of ours, enjoy what we have now. Be kind to yourself and to others. What you give out, you will get back.