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Business Breakthrough Magic Webinars

I’m so excited!

After much time spent planning, we’re ready to launch the Business Breakthrough Magic webinar series!

This is a free weekly webinar series where we’ll be show-casing a variety of guest presenters who are specialists in particular areas of business.  These specialists are going to share with you a range of tips, tools and tactics (most free or low-cost) that – when implemented correctly – will take your business soaring to the next level.

We scoured the world for these presenters and will be bringing to you some of the best of the best in their industries.

Registration is essential!

Full details and registration are available on the Business Breakthrough Magic site.

Time To Plan For The Year Ahead

Happy 2011! The start of a new year is always an exciting time for me. I love the thoughts of what the year ahead might bring … a time for planning for the year ahead and going after my goals – personal and business – with great gusto. I usually take some time in the first week or two of January to really focus on my own business – reviewing, planning and setting goals. Something that helps me with this process is a 30 Point New Year Business Checklist that I drew up about 5 years ago, just for my own use. Since then I’ve been sharing it with all my clients and, if you think it might be helpful for you, I’m happy to share it with you too. No catch … no cost … just click the image below to download my checklist now.

Donna-Marie's 30 Point New Year Business Checklist

No matter what sort of business you are in, I wish you a safe, healthy, prosperous and, most of all, a very happy 2011!

Top 7 Free Mind Mapping and Flow Chart Programs

Mind mapping and flow charting are great ways to brainstorm and get thoughts down on paper quickly and easily and are a fantastic resource for success in small business.

Many people may not realise that there are several web applications that allow you to create mind maps and flow charts for free. Check out these seven top mind mapping and flow chart programs:

  1. – can make some great looking charts. It’s a good tool for creating charts that you plan to print and distribute. Using it is not exactly intuitive, however with a bit of playing around it’s not too hard to figure out.
  2. Lovely Charts – This free site can make some very attractive charts, too. It has colorful graphics and is very easy to use. It also allows you to make some really cool organisational charts. Their 90 second tutorial will explain how to get started.
  3. Mindmeister – This is another online mapping tool that’s very easy to use. I like that it integrates with Twitter and iPhone.
  4. Xmind – This application is also quite straight-forward to use. You don’t actually use it online, however. Instead, it’s downloaded to your computer. The basic version is free, or you can buy a one year subscription to the professional version for $49 (US).
  5. Freemind – This is another downloadable software tool that helps with mind mapping and general organisation of thoughts and tasks. It is a finalist for the 2009 Community Choice Award in the category “Most likely to change the way you do everything”!
  6. Gliffy – Gliffy is a great tool that is user friendly and intuitive. You don’t even have to sign up to try it out. And, in addition to creating flow charts and mind maps, you can draw floor plans, create Venn diagrams and do all sorts of other cool stuff.
  7. Mindomo – This program is completely online, and is a great mind mapping tool. I wasn’t sure whether to include this in the list as the free version limits you to seven private maps. However you can purchase a paid subscription for $6-$9 a month. So while the ‘free’ component is limited, I decided to include this in the list anyway as it’s definitely worth considering.

My suggestion is that you try out all these free mind mapping and charting tools and compare them for yourself. You’re sure to find one that you feel comfortable with and may be surprised by how much this can help you with all your business and personal plans and projects.