You have probably seen the TV commercials with different actors asking Siri, iPhone’s voice-activated assistant,  almost anything and hearing Siri perform the task effortlessly.

But if you’ve used Siri on the iPhone, you’ve probably experienced those times when you didn’t get exactly what you were asking for.

A lot of the problem is in HOW you’re phrasing your request.  Though Apple engineers did a fantastic job in making Siri “conversation-friendly”, it is important to understand that Siri responds best to certain key words when making a request. It listens for key words like “Call”, “Show”, “Search”, “Remind”, “Set up” or “Send” when processing a request.

 To help you get the most out of Siri, I’ve created a mindmap highlighting specific phrases to use with iPhone’s core apps.  These core apps include:

  • Phone
  • iPod/Music
  • Messages
  • Calendar
  • Reminders
  • Maps and Directions
  • Email
  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • Clocks, Alarm, and Timer
  • Address Book
  • Notes
  • Web Search
  • WolframAlpha

 You can download the mindmap to your computer for free at  You can also download this mindmap directly to your iPhone or iPad using the iThoughtsHD app.

Below is what the map looks like on your iPad:






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