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Mind Mapping:
5 Examples of Mind Mapping Put To Practical Use

Mind Mapping In Brief

The term 'Mind Mapping' was created by Tony Buzan in the 1970s.

It is a way of notetaking and planning that mirrors the design of the human brain.

A brain cell has numerous branches coming from it which then interact through electro-chemical impulses with other branches emanating from other brain cells thus forming a very complex network. Mind Mapping and the brain cell

A mind mapping session begins with the subject written in the center of a large piece of paper, preferably in landscape mode.

Main headings are written as branches coming from the central subject.

Sub-branches may be added to main headings so as the mind mapping session proceeds, the central subject expands outwards with all the major elements depicted in a way the eye and the mind can quickly and easily assimulate and memorize.

Because of the style and pictorial nature of mind mapping, it contains numerous advantages over notes written in a linear fashion straight down a page.

Here are FIVE key examples of mind mapping put to practical use:

1. Self-Analysis

Review past achievements and project future goals.

Do self-analysis mind mapping at the beginning and end of any important phase in life such as changes with job, house, relationships, etc.

2. Problem Solving

Gain an in-depth understanding of a problem by mind mapping it.

Gain insights into the connection and relationships between various parts of the problem with the resultant advantage of formulating an ideal solution.

3. Thinking

Mind mapping a subject allows the mind to wander freely, adding items of information whenever they seem relevant to the mind map.

If you hit a mental block, mind mapping will free the thinking process as the user draws the central image and then adds branches, even leaving some blank.

The brain's natural tendency to complete a partly completed picture will generate more ideas.

4. Teaching

Mind mapping enables a speaker to be flexible in the delivery of a talk.

By having a complete representation of the subject in front, an extemporaneous delivery is possible which is also well-structured, ensuring none of the main points are accidentally ommitted.

Term planning or daily planning is also made easy with mind mapping as the teacher expands the mind map branches to cover related subjects which need to be included in the curriculum. The order can also be easily set.

5. Management

It can be used by every individual in a business or professional organization and in any situation where linear notes would normally be taken.

Communication is improved between members of staff.

Marketing and promotion becomes more focused.

To learn in detail how to develop these 5 uses of mind mapping and many more, refer to THE authority on mind mapping -
"The Mind Map Book"
by Tony Buzan



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