Using Mind Maps® Effectively

This section presents information on using Mind Maps in a variety of ways. It is not meant to represent an exhaustive record of the ways in which Mind Maps can be used. It is intended to provide some illustrations of the different ways of using them together with some practical tips which you may find useful. If you want to see examples of Mind Maps, The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan (BBC Books, ISBN 0-563-37101-3) provides additional ideas and examples. This section contains explanations of the following:

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Note-taking from the written and spoken word Group Mind Mapping Mind Mapping for creativity Using Mind Maps for studying Running workshops using Mind Maps Computerised Mind Maps Mind Map users' stories

What do you use Mind Maps for? Has drawing a Mind Map ever improved your presentation skills, made you considerably more organised or given you a ground breaking idea? Have you ever used a Mind Map for something unusual? Do you have any ideas for using Mind Maps, that you would like to share with others? Do you use them for group projects or for study? Whether it's to tell us you used the tool to develop a revolutionary invention or to organise your monthly budget - we want to hear your stories! And with your permission would like to include them in this section. Please e-mail them to us.

Note Taking
Note Taking from the Spoken Word
The approach suggested below can be used to take notes from, speeches, lectures, videos, television, meetings and conversations. 1. Get your central image from the title of whatever it is you are listening to, watching or taking part in. If necessary wait until it becomes clear. 2. It helps to have your main branches already prepared. This may be discovered by asking the speaker for the main topics. 3. To build up your skill and confidence, you may want to try the following:

• Start with a “low risk” activity such as a TV show or the news. • Create a Mind Map from your linear notes, highlighting the KEY words for your main branches. • Work with a “buddy”. One makes a Mind Map, the other makes linear notes. Compare after the lecture
or meeting.

• As a back up use a small tape recorder to record the talk. If you feel you are getting “behind”, “lost”
or “in a mess”, note the tape counter number and check or add to your Mind Map later. 4. If you wish to re-do or re-order your Mind Map because it looks “messy” consider what “messy” means. Does the Mind Map look messy or is the organisation of the information messy? Note that linear notes may look neat, but informationally they are often very messy; it is hard to get the information back from the notes at a glance. A hurried Mind Map may occasionally look messy, but informationally it is still neater and clearer. If it

Remember all ideas are accepted at the initial stage. even from different disciplines. articles and reports. This can be magnificent review process and also can show the connections and relationships between information. Blend your thoughts with others from a small group. but can restrict creativity.Mind Map of notes from interview skills lecture).is appropriate you can always make it more beautiful and finely organised when you review or redo it. Discuss the Basic Ordering Ideas (BOI’s) to converge and catch all the input. Use a Mind Map to capture your individual thoughts. 1. Amalgamate all small group Mind Maps onto one large Mind Map for a true representation of the group’s thinking. Group Mind Mapping Mind Maps® are an excellent vehicle for effective group working. 4. 4. Have a ‘Miscellaneous’ branch for ideas that do not ‘fit’ anywhere else to ensure that ALL ideas are captured. The major branches (Basic Ordering Ideas) could be supplied by: • • • • chapter headings divsion headings goals questions 3. 2. Remember to SELECT actively the information you need and REJECT that which you do not. The idea for your central image may be stimulated by the covers. 5. Depending on the purpose of the Mind Map. The steps are as follows: 1. logos of any other graphics or images from the material you are reading. Note Taking from the written word The approach suggested below can be used to summarise books. you may want to experiment with different ways of working with the BOI’s: • Agreeing BOI’s before you start working on your individual Mind Maps makes combining Mind Maps easier. detailed Mind Maps onto a MASTER MIND MAP. . 5. HIGHLIGHT the KEY WORDS which will provide the triggers to large quantities of additional data. The most important themes and KEY words can be moved from many specific. 2. 3. (Note: click the image to view a larger version . magazines. There are several different ways in which Mind Maps can be used by groups. One way is to use a process called ‘Brain Blooming’ as an alternative to Brain Storming. Do ensure that you allow enough time to discuss and agree BOI’s that accommodate everyone’s ideas. Browse and range read (range reading is the ability to have a choice of reading speeds to adjust to your mood and the material) the information. All ideas are added and considered equally. adding layers of detail as needed. • Don’t discuss BOI’s in advance so that different approaches and perspectives are promoted. Make sure that every one feels as though his/her individual ideas are included.

Minify. Edward de Bono’s PNI approach. such as thinking of similarities to or differences from some of the more or less random words. There are eight basic steps: 1. The way this technique works is simply to list different attributes and then use the natural process of the Mind Map to think divergently. One way of using checklists would be to take an item and use the checklist to stimulate thinking about alternative uses. Ideas are grouped as they are collected on the main theme branches.There are a number of advantages of Group Mind Mapping over brainstorming: • • • • • Each person has thinking time to generate his/her own ideas. Reverse and Combine.This is a well known technique for getting ‘out of the box’ of habitual thinking. Shapes etc. Where. 3. See the Mind Map and notes on the following pages. bottom or lost in the middle. Attribute lists. Some of the ways the main branches can be used are as follows: Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats . getting a general feel for the way it is organised. The MMOST technique is described in Tony Buzan’s Use Your Head book. ‘Negative’ or ‘Interesting’ . Transport. Mind Map what you already know in that subject area in order to establish associative mental ‘grappling hooks’. Connections may be seen between branches and ideas. One of the main challenges for anyone wishing to be creative is in provoking their thinking away from existing paradigms. top. The ideas are shared equally and BOI’s that will capture the meaning of all concepts are agreed. 2. There are a number of ways of doing this. It originated as a way of helping groups to get away from the conflict that characterises many meetings by adopting different thinking modes. . Again. Typical words (branches) may be: Animals. When and How. Typical branches may be: Magnify. objects or situations in new ways. Textures. The usual questions are Who. This is a simple way of approaching problems by analysing points on the basis of whether something is ‘Positive’. Checklists. Substitute. Mind Mapping for Creativity and Creative Problem-Solving Mind Maps are the ideal tool for effectively accessing natural creativity and harnessing that creativity for effective problem solving. The choice of words is arbitrary since the key here is to provoking thinking. What. Forced Relationships and Analogies. Work out the length of time to be spent studying and determine the amount of material to be covered in that time. Rearrange. primarily used to provoke thinking by looking at existing problems. The only limit to the ways in which Mind Maps can be used is the imagination. The radiant hierarchy means “judging” is reduced e. Questions. Making the main branches questions can often act as an impetus for effective problem solving. Very quickly browse or look through the entire book or article. Using Mind Maps® for Studying The Mind Map Organic Study Technique (MMOST) Mind Maps have been used by students of all ages and at all levels for many years with dramatic results.g. Why. People. The main branches of the Mind Map can be used in a variety of ways to support thinking.

One option is to combine learning how to Mind Map with addressing a particular issue or challenge. since the basic technique of Mind Mapping is easy to learn.4. Opportunities. Illumine Ltd are able to recommend Consultants who are also experienced Mind Mappers. The ideal situation is where the workshop participants are all conversant with Mind Maps. and any other important elements which catch your eye. Weaknesses. sections and chapters.redesign • Visioning . 6. still skipping over any major problem areas. 5.reducing costs . We use many highly experienced Buzan licensed instructors as well as our own Illumine licensed Mind Mapping experts. major headings. Strengths. Define your aims and objectives for this study session and complete a different Mind Map of all the questions that need to be answered. looking at the table of contents. Many students report that they have often completed 90% of their learning task by the time they finish the overview stage. particularly the beginnings and ends of paragraphs. results. If you require experience in particular areas. 8. you should now find it much easier to understand these passages and bulk out your Mind Map. in which you fill in the build of the learning puzzle. This process will give you the central image and main branches (or Basic Ordering Ideas) of your new polycategoric Mind Map of the text. SWOT. Running Workshops Using Mind Maps® Mind Maps are an extremely powerful facilitation tool. summaries. Illumine has worked closely with the Buzan organisation throughout its existence. However. 7. Mind Map® is a registered trademark of the Buzan organisation. At this point you should complete your Mind Map notes.g. the author’s essential ordering impetus rapidly becomes clear and can easily be Mind Mapped.revenue enhancement • Process improvement . We are an independent training company and are committed to promoting Buzan's work and ideals. Now move on to the a departmental. in which you go back over the difficult areas you skipped in the earlier stages and look back over the text to answer any remaining questions or fulfil any remaining objectives. Finally there is the review stage. Threats) • Marketing developing a marketing plan product analysis developing creative promotional ideas pooling market/competitor analysis • Performance improvement . subsidiary or whole company level • Problem solving Mind Maps can be used in conjunction with other tools and techniques to manage and facilitate workshops. Having familiarised yourself with the rest of the text. Typical uses of Mind Maps in workshops include: • Strategic analysis (e. major illustrations or graphs. where the essential information tends to be concentrated. The next stage is the inview. conclusions. Add to your Mind Map. in a workshop there are many ways in which the technique can be used effectively. Take an overview of the text. By focusing on the overall structure and major elements of the text. Computerised Mind Maps® . looking at all the material not covered in the overview.

There are 34 rules over 120 subsections and 1100 decisions on those rules. For full details of various Mind Mapping software packages or for a FREE trial. Please email them to us. and a few others as well. Quality Assurance and Control I have used Mind Mapping to look at the rules of golf in a different fashion. I define. I also use it during presentations or meetings to take notes and find it useful for getting started on a brand new task. I have also used Mind Mapping for students to be able to give them a visual image of what their faults are and the cures. I take notes in meetings using mind maps. The rules are all in typeface fashion and by transferring it to a Mind Map format you are able to visualise the rule a lot better. made you considerably more organised or given you a ground breaking idea? Have you ever used a Mind Map for something unusual? Do you have any ideas for using Mind Maps that you would like to share with others? Do you use them for group projects or for study? Whether it's to tell us you used the tool to develop a revolutionary invention or to organise your monthly budget . making it a very powerful communication tool.At Illumine Training we use both hand drawn and computerised Mind Maps every day. We regard Mind Mapping software as an additional rather than a replacement tool. courses and training modules using mind maps.we want to hear your stories! And with your permission would like to include them in this section. Learning and Development Company . Mind Mapping enables me to build the picture and that directly leads to more enjoyment of the game of golf. Business Consultancy Practice I use Mind Mapping to brain dump after a phone call or other event when I wasn't able to take adequate notes. when otherwise I wouldn't know where to begin. What do you use Mind Maps® for? Has drawing a Mind Map ever improved your presentation skills. easy to read Mind Maps. Director. I structure reports using mind maps for my Business consultancy practice. Here are a selection of Mind Mapping User's Stories In 1993/4 I used a mind map on an A2 sheet when setting up my training company. design and create curricula. please click on the icon below to visit the Mind Mapping Software area of this site. Computerised Mind Maps have many of the benefits of hand drawn Mind Maps. Director. Mind Mapping Users' Stories Training people in Mind Mapping is extremely satisfying since we are constantly hearing stories of how Mind Maps have totally transformed how people work and learn. PGA Master Professional and Golf Consultant I have just prepared a set of competencies for a management development course accredited through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). I espouse the virtues of mind maps continuously. They are ideal for: • • • • • Remote group working Communicating ideas Work/time management (hyperlinks to other software packages are especially useful) Presentations On-going projects Mind Mapping software is easy to use and can be formatted to produce very clear.

has dramatically changed what is possible. Blank paper allows 360º of freedom to express the full range of your cortical skills. Use the paper in landscape orientation. whereas pre-drawn lines restrict the natural flow of your thoughts. The Mind Map page reflects this! A picture is worth a thousand words. In the intervening 30 plus years. 3. 1. It opens up associations. The summary below is based on Buzan's structure (a 'Mind Mapping. how to' . 4. Words and images have more space in the direction we write. Take a blank piece of long as they are based on an understanding of why the laws exist and what they are trying to help the mind mapper to achieve. Keep the height and width of the central image to approx.How to Make a Mind Map® The 'Laws of Mind Mapping' were originally devised by Tony Buzan when he codified the use of imagery.details available in his many books) but we believe that whilst this structure is great for establishing well structured maps that can be used in many different ways. Make a central image that represents the topic about which you are writing/thinking: • • Use at least three colours. A4 or larger. is fun and results in better recall: • • Colours stimulate the right cortical activity of imagination as well as capturing and holding attention. focuses the thoughts. while making it large enough to be the clear focus of 2. so they don’t bump into margins as quickly. colour and association and coined the phrase 'Mind Mapping'. The Mind Map above was produced using iMindMap. 2’’ or 5 cm (proportionately larger for bigger . variations on these rules or 'laws' are often sensible and appropriate . This size gives plenty of space for the rest of your Mind Map. Thoughts start in the centre of our mental world. there have been many variations on the original 'Mind Map ' and the widespread usage of mapping software of various sorts. Start in the centre.

Allow your thoughts to come freely. instead of. It will be more attractive to you . Sometimes enclose branches of a Mind Map The outlines will create unique shapes as you find in clouds and with outlines in colour: will aid your memory: • Enclose the shape of the branch and hug the shape tightly. • Connected to the image because the brain works by association not separated. They can also show connection between branches by using the same colour outline. • Curved lines give visual rhythm and variety and so are easier to remember. Allow the random branch that triggered them. meaning you ‘jump about’ the Mind Map as the links and associations occur to you. Use different colours and styles. • Connected lines create relationships and a structure. • 8. Attach These words or images are linked to the main whatever word or image is triggered. trunk. The main themes around the central image The main themes. • Allow the image to create its own shape (do not use a frame). They also demonstrate the level of importance. • Printing (versus cursive) allows the brain to photograph the • Place on a line of the same length image thus giving easier reading and more immediate • The central lines are thick. • 7. • the topic. Your brain is like a multi-handed thought-ball catcher. allow their relative importance to be seen. Words are still printed but may be lower case. 5. An extra line disconnects body. Your initial words and images stimulate associations. or the branch of a tree to the thoughts. to look at. These are the Basic Ordering Ideas (BOIs) and aggregate and focus the rest of the Mind Map: • Print this word in CAPITALS or draw an image. organic i. you do not have to ‘finish’ one branch before moving on: • • Connecting lines are thinner. • • 10. 6. length accentuates the connection. connected to the central image on the main are like the chapter headings of a book: branches. disconnected lines. Make each Mind Map a little more: • • • BEAUTIFUL ARTISTIC COLOURFUL Your eyes and brain will be attracted to your Mind Map: • • It will be easier to remember. Boxes add depth around the word or image. Add a new dimension to your Mind Map. They can also encourage follow-up and remind you of action you need to take. The unique shape makes it more memorable and enjoyable. A frame makes the centre a monotony of shape and disconnects the branches. as from a branch to a twig. Thicker central lines show relative importance. Start to add a second level of thought. Remember: movement of your thought. The size and style of the letters provide additional data about the importance and meaning of the word/image. 9. like your arm joining your • Word length equals line length. Add a third or fourth level of data as thoughts come to you: • Use images as much as you can. or in addition to the words. more pleasant to draw and less boring • Connect directly to the central image.paper). To make some important points stand out.e. curved and recall. The Mind Map allows you to catch and keep whatever ‘thought ball’ is thrown by your brain. • These provide immediate visual linking.

This is the start of the radiant hierarchical structure. Words/Images closest to the central image show the MAIN THEMES of the Mind Map. Source: The Mind Map Book. Mind Map® is a registered trademark of the Buzan organisation. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance. We are an independent training company and are committed to promoting Buzan's work and ideals. We use many highly experienced Buzan licensed instructors as well as our own Illumine licensed Mind Mapping experts. either in the order of your choice or as suggested by the author. It is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlocking the potential of the brain. Have fun! Your brain will delight in getting the maximum use and enjoyment from this process and will therefore learn faster. The Definition of Mind Mapping The Mind Map® is an expression of Radiant Thinking and is therefore a natural function of the human mind. The branches form a connected nodal structure. 4. We use many highly experienced Buzan licensed instructors as well as our own Illumine licensed Mind Mapping experts. Add a little humour. 3. Proceed around the Mind Map. Frequently asked questions . wherever you can. Notice links between the branches. 2. Start in the centre . Select one main theme and read out from the centre along the branch. The Mind Map has four essential characteristics: • • • • The subject of attention is crystallised in a central image. • 11. Branches hold a key image/word printed on the associated line . We are an independent training company and are committed to promoting Buzan's work and ideals. Illumine has worked closely with the Buzan organisation throughout its existence.that is the FOCUS of the Mind Map. Tony Buzan Mind Map® is a registered trademark of the Buzan organisation. exaggeration or absurdity recall more effectively and think more clearly. Illumine has worked closely with the Buzan organisation throughout its existence. How To Read A Mind Map® 1. This provides greater levels of associated detail. The main themes of the subject radiate from the central image on branches.details radiate out.• IMAGINATIVE and DIMENSIONAL (and to others as well).

How can a Mind Map help me to concentrate? 18. Why are the lines connected? Thoughts 15. the word or the line? 14. How do I select main branch themes? 10. I get good ideas at inconvenient times . Why only one word per line? 13. What do I do when I get stuck? 16. What supplies do I need for Mind Mapping? 2.what do I do? 4. What makes a good key recall word? 11. Why use symbols and images? Words and Lines 9. How do I use colours? 8. How do I clear my thoughts? Mind Maps? 20. Where do I start? 5. I can't get to sleep. Must I use colours? 7.22 Questions and Answers about Mind Maps® Starting 1. . When does a Mind Map end? Mind Mapping Trouble Shooter Can't find the answer to your question? Then click here to send us an email and we will do our best to answer your query.what should I do? 19. People ask me what I'm doing? 21. Which is first. I've started taking/making a note linearly. Is there any Mind Mapping software available? 3. what do I do now? Colours and Images 6. What do I do with my ‘stupid' thoughts? 17. What if a word is repeated on my Mind Map? 12. I've only got one pen and lined paper . Why would I use a Mind Map? 22.

then colour (one of your cortical skills) GREATLY enhances its effectiveness. 5. Alternatively you could take linear notes and convert to a Mind Map later. Code themes that have several branches. They are usually nouns or very strong action words that bring back the precise images and events that you want to remember.Question STARTING 1. projects and concepts. Show sub-topics of a subject. Afterwards lined paper . Collect ideas and show connections. These are recall word? called key works. How do I use colours? Symbols are often very personal. . Make your Mind Map even more visual. Is there any Mind Mapping Yes. now? COLOURS & IMAGES 6. Use random placement to stimulate creative problem solving thoughts. If you are using the Mind Map to explore a problem.what do I do? you can highlight or colour the branches (if necessary for the Mind Map). considered over time. Start creating and playing with your own symbols for common objects. Go back over a note linearly. BOI's are the key concepts that gather the greatest number of associations to themselves. Often. 11. Code individuals in a story. Code different projects. Code different dates or levels of information. Think of the Mind Map as a general outline for a book on that topic. I've started taking/making As soon as you remember. pencils and highlighters. take a fresh page and start to Mind Map. How do I select main branch themes? These are your Basic Ordering Ideas (BOI's). What supplies do I need for Mind Mapping? Answer Good quality blank paper that takes colour well. you may have found a new angle on the problem or the cause. 2. correcting (white out) tape. they are the words/images that encompass a number of other ideas within them. Number branches if necessary after completion. if the information is to be remembered. Code a topic as it appears on different branches. Your BOIs will always be equivalent to chapter headings. a very small percentage of words are really important. people. Practice selecting them and see if they are the best ones for recall for you. You can use them to: • • • • • • • • • 8. I've only got one pen and Turn the pad sideways and Mind Map over the lines in a single colour. A variety of coloured pens. 4. Must I use colours? It depends on why you are doing the Mind Map. what do I do your linear notes.e. What if a word is repeated on my Mind Map? This is good because it may indicate a new direction in your Mind Map. However. is best for faxes and copies. looked at and enjoyed . black. 7. WORDS & LINES 9. lots! Click here to see a comprehensive review of all the major Mind Mapping software available? software packages. A quick mini-Mind Map in one colour clears and facilitates the thinking process. 3. 10. extract the key words and add to your Mind Map. Each occurrence of the word/image represents another hook or connection and may create a new frame of reference or centre for your Mind Map. What makes a good key In standard notes. one colour i. Where do I start? Anywhere! Some people start at 1:00 o'clock and work clockwise or 11:00 o'clock and work anticlockwise. Why use symbols and images? Clearly identify the different topic branches.

communicate Map? clearly or take in information a Mind Map can assist. Then write the word on adding any length if necessary. capture that idea right away on a mini -Mind Map. If you have any paper.a brain purge. Millions of people are using Mind Maps from directors of multi-national companies to five year old children . It also tells the mind/eye "this is connected". demonstrating that your associative ability will want to fill them in. Stupid ideas are often your guides to innovative thinking. it can add to their greater effectiveness. original and creative ideas. limitless. reports etc.what should I do? 19. Which is first. by definition. The Mind Map does not take away from any good processes you already use. If you do not have paper either make a Mind Map in your mind or use a peg memory system.from parents to government leaders. Based on the latest information on HOW and WHY your brain functions and the skills that are compatible with it. When does a Mind Map end? In one sense. Then go to sleep. remind yourself that every word could be the centre of a Mind Map. 14. . People ask me what I'm Tell them it is a note taking/making system: doing? • • Similar to that used by Einstein. Walt Disney and most of the people considered to have "Great Brains". Also. colour and take a break . never! (or when you choose to stop!) Because every word or image could be the centre of another Mind Map.your brain keeps working. Show the connection and importance of every branch to another giving an overall structure. stuck? This is a good time to doodle. 22. How If thoughts are filling your head. organise information. so add some blank lines at the ends 15. 13. you can do about ¾ of the line length you think or the line? you'll need. Leonardo da Vinci. You have infinite possibilities of associating.and so can you! MIND MAPS? 20. Put it in the "great thoughts" section of your planner. This is particularly important when trying to take information from your head for essays. Mark Twain. words. It is as though. THOUGHTS Your brain naturally loves to complete things. How can a Mind Map help me to concentrate? 18. What do I do when I get of your branches . Churchill. Why only one word per line? Because each word and image has millions of possible associations. capture it too. So called ‘stupid' thoughts produce some of the most insightful. Why are the lines connected? Start with the organic main branch lines almost ‘growing out' of the central image. If some other thought comes. • 21. On the left side you need to plan ahead a bit more! If you find you are running out of space you can drop the vowels and the word is usually still clear. The more you add to your Mind Map (especially in the initial creative stage) the more sense things that seemed stupid will make. What do I do with my ‘stupid' thoughts? Allow all thoughts. refinement or changes you may want to make. I can't get to sleep. the colours and images incorporated into logic and lines focuses thought in a relaxed concentrated manner. as soon as the thoughts have been recognised. 16. By using more of the range of your right and left cortical skills the brain is kept in balance and busy. Buckminster Fuller. I get good ideas at inconvenient times .12. the brain can rest . Therefore if you give it its own freedom you will get more ideas from it and be able to remember it more clearly. 17. images or feelings that come to mind to be attached to the word or image which ‘triggered' them. Wait for a later stage in your Mind Map before considering what editing. the word On the right side of the Mind Map. a ‘post-it' or index card. Why would I use a Mind Any time you need to clarify your thoughts. take a pad and pen (keep them by your bed) and do I clear my thoughts? quickly Mind Map them out .

We are an independent training company and are committed to promoting Buzan's work and ideas. We use many highly experienced Buzan licensed instructors as well as our own Illumine licensed Mind Mapping experts. When is a Mind Map not a Mind Map? By registering the term 'Mind Map®'. many of his 'Mind Mapping Laws' are breached frequently by Mind Mapping users. Business mapping is used to describe many sorts of mapping techniques. Memory Maps These are generally a series of pictures linked in a more or less linear way and are significantly different to Mind Maps® as they do not have a radiant structure.What a contrast to what is often generated in linear form! The Mind Map gives a more accurate reflection of your infinite intelligence! Illumine has worked closely with the Buzan organisation throughout its existence. and people continue to adapt the basic technique in ever more creative ways (presumably something Buzan would approve of). Business Mapping Techniques In recent years there have been many techniques that have been developed and many terms used to describe them. He sets out that definition in many of his books. including. Usually drawn in one colour they don't have a defined structure. Tony Buzan has defined Mind Maps® quite clearly. this process seems bound to continue and to accelerate. Here we summarise some of the terminology and techniques: Business Mapping A term that is used differently by different people. Spidergrams or Spider Diagrams There is no 'official' definition of these terms. Idea Mapping Idea mapping appears to be very similar to Mind Mapping although idea maps are not formally associated with Mind Maps®. In reality. They appear to pre-date Mind Maps® and are usually characterised by a series of lines linking topics that appear in circles. . However the resulting notes are still likely to be referred to as Mind Maps® in much the same way as vacuum cleaners are often referred to as 'Hoovers' even though they are not made by Hoover! As Buzan has sold millions of books that talk about Mind Mapping. Mind Mapping. but not limited to.

the Mind Map helps people to rapidly build up an enhanced understanding of any problem.with time at a premium. creative thinking. decision making. The key is to think effectively at the beginning of a project or the preparation of a presentation. challenge or situation. people and the organisations they work for need to constantly develop their effectiveness and their efficiency. has used Mind Maps for over 25 years and has trained thousands of people in how to gain dramatic benefits from this uniquely versatile technique. the ability to manage our time effectively. plan and manage projects. Change and complexity . By focusing on meaning rather than worrying about grammar and semantics. presentation) allows maximum value to be gained from the divergent and associative thinking that Mind Maps support so well. Changing ways of working. strategic thinking. Suspending the process of structuring an output (project plan. To paraphrase the age-old truth: "No-one needs Mind Maps. analysing. organise ourselves. visualise. when used properly. organise and present information to others.more books and journals are published now than ever before AND a neverending flow of emails and information available to us on the web.the rate of change in organisations continues to rise. Many people use Mind Maps to help work and other aspects of our lives them make sense of the different aspects of their lives and prioritise their goals going forward. Mind Maps are an ideal tool for understanding interrelationships between different aspects of a situation. Planning . summarise and make sense of this information is a real challenge. Being able to absorb. an essential part of our intellectual armoury. Mind Maps facilitate the generation of fresh perspectives . has never been greater. New situations lead to new problems and new challenges. Here is an outline of some of the ways in which Mind Maps can help: • • • • • • • Thinking Change and complexity Volumes of information Planning Changing ways of working Creativity and Innovation Lifelong Learning The Challenges Thinking . How Mind Maps can help The flexibility of Mind Maps to help us think divergently and convergently AND visualise our thinking means that they are. interpret and share Volumes of information.leading to greater stress A great deal of stress is caused by not being able to see and challenges in getting right the balance between clearly a way forward. Often combined with speed reading and advanced overview techniques. Businesses and other organisations have many needs that can be satisfied by properly constructed Mind Maps.. requiring an enhanced capacity to understand. they need what Mind Maps can do for them!" In order to be successful in the long term. Mind Maps allow us to summarise information efficiently and in such a way as to make it usable and accessible.Mind Mapping Benefits: How business needs are met by properly structured Mind Maps® Clive Lewis. The key is to ensure that Mind Maps are used effectively.critical thinking. Creativity and innovation -Organisations increasingly recognise the vital role of idea Either on their own or with other creativity techniques. the author of this briefing..there has never been a greater need for effective thinking .

memory and recall. Indeed the comment we hear of whatever is going on in our own area of expertise. We think it is a technique worth learning properly which is why our ‘Business Mapping – Mind Maps for Business Advantage’ course.being able to build and refresh Schools. or simply keeping abreast formal and informal learning. diplomas or MBAs. Mind Maps are an incredibly useful tool for both exams.generation and management in building successful futures. but often struggle to make creative and expansive thinking a day to day reality and new ideas provide a great way of capturing that thinking . in 2005. Universities and Business Schools are amongst the our knowledge and skills are essential skills in their many organisations that have recognised that. Lifelong learning .especially if you make use of the excellent Mind Mapping software that is now available. most often when we show people how Mind Maps enhance we need to do so as efficiently as possible. when used own right. That is a real shame. although they are easy to use. Tony Buzan’s organisation recognised this and appointed Illumine as their preferred training partner. For a FREE trial download of the market leading mapping software that is now available. has been honed and improved over ten years and is now recognised as the leading Mind Mapping course. click here. Indeed. . is ‘why didn't they teach me this in school?!' As someone who has used Mind Maps throughout my adult life. Whether working towards professional properly. I am sometimes guilty of being a little fanatical about how they can transform people’s working and learning. However I’ve lost count of the number of people who tell me that they were first introduced to Mind Maps in two minutes on some course or other and that as a result they just didn’t ‘get it’. a few guidelines and directed practice means that people get far more benefits from the technique. because.

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