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We have our winners!

01 11 06 - 20:17 - Bookmark this post

Wow, this has been an interesting week! Last wednesday I wrote a review on Mindjet's MindManager and included a little contest. I have been able to give away 5 licenses for MindManager 6 Professional, thanks to Hobie and Erik from Mindjet. I asked for some creative, thoughtprovoking mindmaps. And did I receive some, oh yeah. Now here is the big cliche, it was hard to pick five winners from the entries. It really was! I received about 20 mindmaps on all sorts of subjects. The diversity how people use mindmaps is very interesting to see. But as they say, only a few can win. So without further adue here are the winners in random order. You can click on the thumbnails for a larger view

Steve Newson sent his resume as a mindmap. Very innovative and very original! There you go Steve, one license for you! I blurred out some personal info


Bill Reichart sent a mindmap of his church and the accompanying actions. He is a pastor at the church and from what I can tell he uses his mindmaps to stay in touch with several life groups and tracks his responsabilities as a pastor and a person. Congratulations Bill!


Luciano Passuello sent in two mindmaps and both are very very special. They are very well put together and very informative. Luciano, have fun with the license!

1. The Now Habit (a book about procrastination). Download the mindmap

2. One Small Step Can Change Your Life (a book about kaizen - continuous improvement). Download the mindmap

(Warning: When you use Internet Explorer, rename the downloaded zip files to the extension .mmap and open them in MindManager) 

These are mindmaps I did for personal reference while reading these personal development books. The mindmaps are pretty big (they contain the full contents of these books), but can easily be filtered using MindManager "Map Markers" feature.[...] Now, for every book I read I do a mindmap. This way, I can, at a glance, later, "reread" the whole book, just with the mindmap. It is a very effective technique as I used to forget everything but one or two ideas of the books I read.

Too bad the vast majority of the other maps I have (the ones in paper) are in Brazilian Portuguese (my native language), and don't make much sense for English-speakers.

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Scott Weingart is our next winner. He uses mindmaps for his GTD 20,000 feet review. Insightful!


Horacio Trejo is our last winner. In his words:

Here is a snapshot in the day of a teacher. I have used GTD for a few years now, and it saved my career and sanity.

If that's not a testimonial-quote for MindJet I don't know what is...


A special shout-out goes to Scot Herrick. He sent in a mindmap but already has a license but he wanted to share it with us. Here is his story:

[Here is] the Mind Map that I did for meeting notes at a writers convention in early October from the seminar "The First Ten Pages."
[...]What I did was place the handout outline as topics in MindManager at the beginning of each seminar so I would have places to start attaching the notes. Then I would add notes and/or topics as needed (speakers don't stay on topic nor cover one at a time, so this was extremely useful).
Then, in the last five minutes of the seminar, I highlighted in green the notes that were most important to me or that I wanted to implement.
It was very fast, easy, and simple to take the seminar notes - and made the notes easy to read and use way after the seminar was done.

Thanks Scot!


There you have it, the five winners of MindManager 6 Pro. I will email Mindjet the adresses of the winners and they will get in touch with you. Please let me know if you received your serial number so I know everything worked out fine.

To all who didn't win, too bad but hey, perhaps Mindjet will be nice some other time and we can give away some more licenses. But on the other hand, I will give away some more software in the coming days, so make sure you stay subscribed!

Congrats to all of you. I guess I’m just a little to late…. Thought a mental note would do.
Martijn (Email) - 01 11 06 - 22:00

Well, the 1st thing I did this morning when I woke up (after kissing my wife and sons!) was to go to cross my fingers, go to the computer and check if I won…but…no luck!
Anyhow, CONGRATULATIONS! to the winners. Their maps are really very interesting and I got some inspiring ideas! Good job!
Two small notes:
1. when I click on the links I get a “zip” file and not the mmap file (??)
2. I found this weblog by googling for “mindmanager” (I am not new to mindmapping but I have always used freeware solutions much less powerful, handy and versatile than Mindmanager…) and it was a nice surprise. I have seen a lot of interesting topics.
So, I think my little prize would be to have discovered this inspiring weblog ;)

Mario from Italy
Mario from Italy (Email) - 02 11 06 - 09:44

Thanks for the contest! As I’m discovering new features, I’m loving the program more and more.
Horacio - 02 11 06 - 14:42

I too have a problem getting the .mmap files. I get a zip file loaded with garbage instead.
Mike (Email) - 02 11 06 - 21:49

OK, I found out when you use IE you will get downloaded zip files. rename them to the .mmap extension and you can open them in MindManager.
And start using Firefox ;-)
Frank Meeuwsen (Email) (URL) - 02 11 06 - 22:09

Thanks for picking me as a winner. I moved my mindmaps from freemind over to mindmanger and the program is wonderful. Thanks again. I consider it a belated 40th Birthday present :-)
Bill Reichart (Email) (URL) - 03 11 06 - 01:19

Just as Bill, I would like to thank you for picking me as a winner. I hope you and visitors find the two mindmaps from the books somewhat useful. If anyone has any feedback, please let me know.

And just as Bill, this came very timely – as my 30th birthday is just around the corner… :)) Thanks!
Luciano Passuello (Email) (URL) - 03 11 06 - 20:57

Thank you so much for picking me as a winner. You can read a little more of the history behind my winning mindmap in this blog post:
Steve Newson (Email) (URL) - 04 11 06 - 11:27

This was a fun contest. It’s always interesting to see how others use a tool. I learned a lot just from the maps of the winners.nnCongratulations to all—really a great prize.nnScot
Scot herrick (Email) (URL) - 08 11 06 - 00:07

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