I just got an e-mail with the above title from David Allen Co. I found it of particular interest for two reasons.
First, "David will be using the popular mind mapping program, MindManager by Mindjet, to discuss the principles and practices of his Getting Things Done methodology. This webinar will be a great way to refresh your own understanding of GTD as David demonstrates how this mind mapping tool can be used to enhance your stress-free productivity."
I keep reading on this forum and on David Allen Co. blogs how there is too much overhead and complexity involved in using multilevel outliner appications as the trusted GTD system. I wonder if this signals a change in that position. (This is not a criticism: GTD has evolved over time and I hope it continues to evolve. It's just a point of clarification. Their position appears to have changed.)
Second, I was intrigued to read in this same e-mail that one of the benefits of mindmaps is that they are helpful in "externalizing" information. I believe that I am the only person on this forum to have used any form of the word "externalize" and it was in this 2004 post.
After writing that post I stopped using the "externalize" formulation because it sounded too technical and off-putting. I think David's original formulation "get stuff out of your head," is a lot more accessible. So I was surprised to see this term being embraced in the David Allen Co. newsletter. I do wonder, however, if that word resonates with others who read it.