Is BigPicture the right tool for you? Learn more at an upcoming webinar.

  • Are you a DecisionTools Suite user that has yet to experiment with BigPicture?
  • Do you work in the Human Resources Sector?
  • Are you an entrepreneur or involved with network marketing?
  • Do you have data that needs to be summarized?
  • Are you a mind mapper?
  • Do you like to track your progress?
  • Are you looking for a tool that will help keep you organized?
  • Do you want to improve your productivity and build your business?

If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, please join us for an upcoming webinar to see how BigPicture can be a powerful tool to help you.

BigPicture for Human Resources
In this webcast, we will demonstrate how BigPicture works, and how it can aid you in your everyday tasks. From mapping out your “to-do” list to creating organizational charts, there are plenty of ways that BigPicture can help streamline your day, week, month, etc. Join us for this webinar to learn more!
 » April 21st – 1pm NYC Time

BigPicture and PrecisionTree: A collaboration of two products
In this webcast, we introduce you to BigPicture – Palisade’s mind mapping, diagramming, and data visualization add-in for Microsoft Excel – and how it can be used in conjunction with Palisade’s PrecisionTree software.
 » May 12th – 1pm NYC Time

BigPicture for Entrepreneurs and MLMs
In this webcast, we will demonstrate how BigPicture can be applied to the everyday tasks of Multi Level Marketers, Direct Selling Associates, and Entrepreneurs. From mapping out your vision board, to visualizing your team/organization; tracking your activity and sales to presenting to others; BigPicture is extremely versatile can help streamline your day, week, month, etc. to help you focus on income producing activity for your business.
 » June 1st – 11am NYC Time

Introduction to BigPicture
In this webcast, we will show you how BigPicture works, and how it can aid in strategic planning, human resource analysis, data exploration, and more. We will walk through the basics of setting up a BigPicture diagram (or “map”), and illustrate several real-world examples of different applications.
 » April 6th – 10am NYC Time
 » April 12th – 10am London Time

 » April 26th – 5pm NYC Time
 » May 4th – 10am London Time
 » May 18th – 10am NYC Time
 » May 26th – 10am London Time

If you are unsure which webinar to attend feel free to reach out to us at, and we will guide you in the right direction.

Looking forward to sharing BigPicture with you!

Examples of Mind Mapping in NYC with Biggerplate

biggerplateBPUNRecently I had the pleasure of sharing an entire day with a tight-knit group of mind mappers from around the globe. They are a friendly group, willing to share ideas of how mind mapping has improved productivity in their personal and professional lives. The Biggerplate Unplugged Conference that I attended was held at Civic Hall in New York City on an unusually warm day in March. The diversity of applications that centered around mind mapping was a beautiful site to see. From entrepreneurs and consultants, to writers and educators, to medical professionals and tech leaders, there was something to be learned no matter the field.

The mind mapping software packages used to create such mind maps were also quite diverse. BigPicture, of course, is a perfect tool for creating mind maps directly in your Microsoft Excel workbook. However, truth be told, it does not matter the means by which you create your mind map – it is the principal behind it that is basis of this post.

For instance, have you ever created a “to do” list? Or had to gather information for a presentation? Or break down a larger project into smaller projects? Or chart your progress?  All of these applications, and many more, would be perfect scenarios of how a mind map could reduce the amount of time that people spend trying to organize and reorganize their thoughts.

Here are a few other ways that were covered at the conference:

Dr. Pablo Buitron de la Vega shared how he used mind mapping for medical education and for patient interaction. Via mind maps, Dr. Buitron de la Vega and Dr. Wazir Kudrath have created a specialized and integrated study companion that helps future doctors prepare for the USMLE examinations. In addition, Dr. Buitron de la Vega has had some of his patients create mind maps to map out their disease, symptoms, triggers and solutions to help keep them on track when things are in their control. By having the patient go through the exercise of creating a map, they are triggering a variety of neurons in their brain that will help them to remember why and what is causing them discomfort.

Madeleine Philippe from the Universite Saint-Louis Bruxelles and Toni Krasnic of Concise Learning, and author of How to Study with Mind Maps, took the stage to demonstrate how mind mapping  can help develop essential thinking and learning skills. Mr. Krasnic said it best when he said that he teaches students and educators to use mind maps to move away from simply collecting information and instead connecting information.

Writers Roger Parker and Stephanie Diamond demonstrated how they use mind mapping to map out their projects, whether it is a simple blog post such as this one, or an entire book. A mind map can help you focus on your target audience, what you want to cover, and how to engage your audience more effectively.

Brian Sodl of Navigator Management Partners and Larry Wolfe of Boeing each presented  on how mind maps can be useful in larger organizations such as Boeing, Deloitte, and Bearing Point. They discussed how there are occasionally challenges that may arise when trying to convince upper management that mind maps are a viable tool. Mr. Wolfe touched on the benefits of self-organized mind map user groups to help overcome the hurdle and to prove that mind maps improve efficiency in the workplace.

David Hill was also in attendance. For those that may not be familiar with David’s work, he had an integral part in helping to keep all of the details organized for the rebuilding lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks. His tool? A mind map.

To  drive home how imagery can help people retain information, Nora Herting and an artist from her company, ImageThink, delved into the science behind how the human brain works. While Nora presented, her artist stood on the sideline drawing a summary image of her talk. (See summary images for all of the talks below.)  As described on ImageThink’s website, these masterpieces drive discussions, create lasting records of free-flowing ideas and provide actionable documents to continue the conversation long after the event.

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In summary, it was great to share this day with Liam Hughes, founder of Biggerplate, his staff, and fellow mind mappers. And now I am sharing with you, so you can see that there are endless applications for using mind maps!

Now, if only I could spend a day or two with a few tight-knit strategic mapping, organizational chart creating, flow chart diagramming, data mapping evangelists – I might be able to cover all of BigPicture’s features!







BigPicture to attend Biggerplate Conference in NYC this week

What is Biggerplate, you ask?BiggerPlateAdClean is THE community for mind mappers. They are the home of mind mapping content and learning resources regarding mind maps. They host a range of meetings, workshops and their annual Biggerplate Unplugged Conference which is TOMORROW at Civic Hall in New York City. This is the only conference in the world dedicated entirely to mind mapping! Tomorrow’s speakers include authors, tech leaders, professors, medical professionals and more. The primary focus for this year’s conference is how mind mapping software, such as BigPicture, is the missing link and the must have tool for knowledge workers in business and education.

Why are we so excited?

By attending this conference we will be able to network with mind mappers from around the globe for a full day of mind mapping ideology. Even though mind mapping is only ONE of the MANY features that BigPicture provides, it is one that can be an incredible addition to what you may already be doing with Palisade’s other DecisionTools Suite products. Mind mapping in BigPicture can help streamline your processes and improve efficiency in your daily projects.

Palisade Corporation is always looking to learn what our audience is doing and what their wishes are. These situations provide an insight for us to be forward thinking and to take a look at the Big Picture…and BigPicture to see where we can improve functionality in future releases, such as what we did with our most recent release of BigPicture that went live last month.

Two thirds of the population are visual thinkers. We are looking to learn how those two thirds of the population can benefit from using BigPicture!