Mind Mapping

Overview

Mind mapping is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain and a visualization of a topic and its complex information, allowing participants to comprehend, create new ideas and build connections.


A great MindMap by Ingo Schandeler.

 

One simple way to understand a mind map is by comparing it to a map of a city. The city centre represents the main idea; the main roads leading from the centre represent the key thoughts in your thinking process; the secondary roads or branches represent your secondary thoughts, and so on. Special images or shapes can represent landmarks of interest or particularly relevant ideas.

The great thing about mind mapping is that you can put your ideas down in any order, as soon as they pop into your head. You are not constrained by thinking sequentially. Simply, throw out any and all ideas, then worry about reorganizing them later.

When to use it

There are no limits to the number of thoughts, ideas or connections that your brain can make, which means that there are no limits to the different ways you can use mind maps to help you. Particularly when you need the participants to think in-depth and multi-dimensionally about the subject or the main idea of the session.

 

How to use it

  • Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways.
  • Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. (A central image is more interesting, keeps you focused, helps you concentrate, and gives your brain more of a buzz!).
  • Use COLOURS throughout (because colours are as exciting to your brain as are images).
  • CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. (because your brain works by association).
  • Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined (because straight lines are boring to your brain.).
  • Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE (because single key words give your mind map more power and flexibility.)
  • Use IMAGES throughout (because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So, if you have only 10 images in your mind map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!).

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