When I said finally in the title, I didn't mean I finally attended the workshop, it's just a word of relief that I was FINALLY able to open my blog. It's been three weeks, and my body and mind have been working non-stop, I can't believe September is ending soon! And yes, Christmas is really in the air..err, in the malls, complete with Holiday sales and carols. *winks* I hope you enjoy the season as much as I do, it's my and the Sweet's favorite time of the year, that we are almost sad when we have to turn the calendar page to January.
Going back, after 3 failed attempts of reconciling my schedule to the workshop dates, I was able to squeeze in and attend last Monday's Mind Mapping Workshop at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. The Mind Mapping technique is developed by world renowned author and educator, Tony Buzan, organized by my trusted Salt & Light Ventures, and facilitated by Buzan certified instructor, Bernard Marquez. This is the third Salt & Light Ventures workshop I have attended and so far, I'm a very happy customer.
So what is Mind Mapping all about? By definition, mind maps are graphical method of taking notes. Simply put, it's a tool, a technique you can use in studying, organizing, solving problems, decision making and even writing. It uses pictures, colors and other visual representation, because truly, our brain works with pictures. Ever wonder why we have different languages and yet we identify same images across the globe? Like the traffic signs, airport markings and the like, eh?
I'm not planning on giving a lesson here, but here are some notes I learned (and couldn't agree more) from the workshop:
1. Day dreaming is a recognized function of our right brain, just like music, rhythm, language etc., so yes, it's fruitful to day dream!
2. Our education system is based on the needs of the Industrial era, where factories and machines thrive and drive the world, but we are already in the Information age, but sadly, our education system failed to evolve. It has focused in honing the activities of the left brain: objective, logical, rational, technical, which is actually fine, but placed the right brain's functions in deep sleep. Our right brain works with random, subjective, intuitive, and so our creativity lies in it. But right after first grade, we used less crayons, stick to black or blue pen, and worked on less images and more words, shutting any further creative developments of a child. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM NEEDS A REVAMP.
3. Don't be afraid to use pictures to emphasize words, to put images to aid our memory. Colors can help our brain associate things, and therefore remember more efficiently.
4. Memory is not based on one's age, unless biologically linked i.e. Alzheimer's, Dementia etc. So let's not make our age an excuse on exercising those brain cells, okay?
5. Memory can be enhanced, and the facilitator showed us HOW, and it's creepy and amazing at the same time!
6. I'm such a young working girl, and I shoudl be proud of it. *giggles*
7. I should lessen my caffeine intake (Dusit coffee is so good, I nearly downed the boiler)
8. RJ Ledesma is as cute in person! =)
9. Dusit has the most relaxing bathroom scent: Ginseng!
10. Juggling promotes your brain's creativity and releases stress. And it's fun, too! =)
So there, I want to write more things, but I think I should leave it to you guys to research, and to attend the workshop, if you have the time and chance. You may visit their website http://www.saltandlight.ph/ to see lists of courses offered. My personal recommendation is the Managing Miscommunication Workshop facilitated by Eric Villarama. Have fun! =)
Sirlon Steak & German potatoes for lunch.
Seriously, meat is so bland, save the potatoes.
Smart & witty, RJ Ledesma
*RJ Ledesma is a writer, host and comedian working with Uno Magazine, Men's Room and Philippine Star