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Mind Mapping For Success

MindMapping For Success: Save Time, Make Money and Become More Creative & Successful Using Mind Maps. This book will teach you everything that you need to know about MindMapping and MindMaps. I spared no effort in creating the latest information and compiling it into one jammed-packed book that will take you from A to Z in regards to MindMapping, Getting Productive, Gaining Clarity And Planning. Its the best compilation of information on this topic that you will find Anywhere! Inside you'll learn: How Mind Maps help you to utilize more of your brain. How Mind Maps mimic the way your brain actually processes information. How youll actually become smarter when using Mind Maps. How to Mind Map by hand or with a computer. How Mind Maps can help overcome information overload How to save study time and learn faster. Critical thinking and brainstorming with Mind Maps. Using scratch maps. Mind Mapping your day: Get more done in less time. Project Management and Mind Maps. Top 10 Mind Mapping techniques. Converting visual maps into linear documents (business reports and proposals)

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I usually find books written on this category hard to understand and full of jargon. But the author was capable of presenting advanced techniques in an extremely easy to understand language.

All the modules inside this e-book are very detailed and explanatory, there is nothing as comprehensive as this guide.

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Examples Of Management Mind Maps

Time Management Mind Mapping

Mind Maps can be used to structure an entire organisation, to act as a stabilising vision for the organisation, and to explain the organisation to others. The Mind Map on page 262 is by Mr Jan Pieter H. Six, Vice-President of Interpolis, a Dutch insurance company. In both structuring and explaining his organisation to others, Six considered organisation roots co-operation acquisitions sales and reorganisation. The Mind Map is a major tool in marketing. Temple Marketing in Britain uses a 'Marketing Matrix Mind Map' (MMMM) to plan the marketing needs of every customer. The Mind Map on page 263 is by Nigel Temple, President and Chief Executive Officer of Temple Marketing, and forms the basis of their marketing plan with every client. The Mind Map considers the range of products the client wishes to market the business and marketing objectives of the client the prime messages the Completed EDS 'Championship' Mind Map (seepages 266-7). Completed EDS 'Championship' Mind Map (seepages...

The story of a great mind map artist

Ulf Ekberg Mindmaps

Computer systems, took a Mind Mapping course. Great things were expected ofhim, for he regularly contributed cartoons to his company's journals, and he i also started studying portrait and landscape painting. At the end of the course, when all the students had to complete their final Mind Maps, Ulf's mind went blank After his anger at his enforced immobility had subsided, Ulf decided to fulfil one of his lifetime ambitions - to do a painting in the style of Salvador Dali. He planned to use as his subject a single-image Master Mind Map which incorporated everything he had learnt on his course as well as his own interpretations and extrapolations. Among the concepts he wished to include were Mind Map by Claudius Borer showing how application of basic principles (the roots) will lead to appropriate fruits (See page 116.) Mind Map by Claudius Borer showing how application of basic principles (the roots) will lead to appropriate fruits (See page 116.) Kathy de Stefano's Mind Map expressing...

Mind mapping for examinations

Mind Map Back School

Having taken Mind Map notes throughout your course of study, and having reviewed your Mind Maps at the recommended intervals, you should be more than ready for the examination. All you need to translate your excellent knowledge into excellent performance is the correct approach. The first step is to read the examination paper fully, selecting the questions you choose to answer, noting in mini-Mind Maps any thoughts that immediately spring to mind on reading the questions, t Next, you have to decide in what order you are going to answer the questions, and how much time you will devote to each, t Resisting the temptation to start answering the first question in detail straight away, do quick-fire Mind Map bursts on all the questions you intend to answer. By following this procedure, you enable your mind to explore, throughout the examination, the ramifications of all the questions regardless of the particular question you are answering at any given time. tNow go back to your first...

Examples of group mind maps in action

Examples Mind Maps For Children

In recent years the group Mind Mapping method has been used very successfully by families, schools, universities and multinational companies. A Boeing Aircraft engineering manual was condensed into a 25-foot long Mind Map, to enable a team of 100 senior aeronautical engineers to learn in a few weeks what had previously taken a few years. The result was an estimated saving of 11 million. See page 171 (bottom). Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Digital Equipment Corporation and Nabisco have implemented group commando study programmes. Using group Mind Mapping and the Mind Mapping Organic Study Technique (MMOST), up to 120 senior members of staff were able to enter a seminar room in the morning and leave that same evening with between four and six books' worth of information understood, Mind Mapped, integrated, comprehensively remembered, and related to their professional situation. At Oxford and Cambridge Universities, students like Edward Hughes (see Tony Buzan, Use Your Head, 1989...

Applications of mind maps in teaching

Mind Maps Subject Chemical

Apart from familiarising his or her students with the theory and practice for Mind Mapping, the teacher can use Mind Maps in a number of practical ways to make teaching and learning easier and more enjoyable. One of the most powerful ways to use Mind Maps is as lecture notes. Preparing a lecture in Mind Map form is much faster than writing it out and has the big advantage of allowing the lecturer and the student to keep an overview of the whole subject at all times. A Mind Mapped lecture is easy to update from year to year without becoming messy and its mnemonic qualities mean that a brief overview before the lecture quickly brings the topic right back into focus. Because the lecturer's own knowledge will evolve the same Mind Map will trigger quite different lectures if used from year to year. This avoids the tedium As a framework for lecturing, a Mind Map enables the speaker to hold a perfect balance between a spontaneously spoken and fresh talk, on the one hand, and a clear and...

Rationale Of The Mind Map Recommendations

The Mind Map recommendations are designed to help you implement laws, to release the flow of your thoughts, and to provide the best poss environment for your brain and body. Should you come up against a temporary block, simply add a line or lines to your on-going Mind Map. This will challenge your brain to complete what ha been left unfinished and will 'tap in' to your infinite associative power.

Example of a mind mapped presentation

Mind Map Naisbitt Megatrends

The Mind Map on page 258 forms the basis of a presentation on the predictions of John Naisbitt, the futurist. The central image is a picture of Naisbitt and the arrow from the top of his head represents his vision of the future, from 1990 to the year 2000. The ten numbered branches correspond to the ten major areas of change predicted by Naisbitt over this time span. In summary, Naisbitt predicts that the economy will become information-based and global that the world will experience another renaissance in the arts, literature and spirituality that the major cities will decline as centres of commerce that socialism in the form of state welfare will disappear that English will become the global language that the media will become electronic, interlinked and global that the major business area will shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific Rim that politics will become individual and entrepreneurial that growth in all areas will be seen as infinite and that trade will be free. As a result...

Minimind Map Word Exercise

Mini Mind Map One World

The Mini-Mind Map is the embryonic form of a Mind Map. 'Mini' though this Mind Map is, its implications are gigantic. To do the following exercises, you will need pens and a Mind Map notepad (see page 310) or several large sheets of blank paper. When this 'common' word is itself made the centre of the next mini-Mind Map, and the same four people are asked to repeat the exercise on the 'common' word, the same result is observed, showing that even the commonality is rooted in fundamental difference

Mind mapping from lecturesvideos computersfilms

Mind Map Making History Interesting

This is very similar to Mind Mapping a book, except that you are often subject to the linear progression of the lecture or presentation and do not have the luxury of being able to refer to different parts of the material at will. Again, before the lecture, video, or film begins and if circumstances permit, you can do a quick-fire two-minute Mind Map burst of your existing knowledge on the subject, in order to prepare your brain to take in new information. As time progresses, you can fill in the information and ideas on your original Mind Map wherever they seem most relevant, adjusting your basic structure if necessary. As with Mind Mapping a book, you should always include your own comments and contributions in response to those of the lecturer. Don't worry if the information you are receiving becomes disorganised and your Mind Map notes appear 'messy'. As we have already seen, so-called 'neat' linear note-taking is actually a far less efficient means of communicating information to...

Mind mapping versus linear preparation

Thinking Maps Gesture

O Written English is very different from spoken English. 'Grammatically correct' written language is inappropriate for a spoken presentation, and will almost certainly induce extreme boredom in the audience. A Mind Map gives the presenter a perfect balance between the spontaneity of natural talk and the structure of worked-out ideas. This powerful combination is the key to effective (and confident) presentation. Finally the truth dawned - he had been given two copies of the same speech. But the real horror was that the copies were ordered page 1, page 1, page 2, page 2, page 3, page 3, and so on. Because of his senior rank, no one had dared point out that perhaps this was carrying the mnemonic value of repetition a bit too far A Mind Map would have saved him the embarrassment.

Using mind maps for management

Mindmap Nigel Temple

Mind Maps can be used by every individual in a business or professional organisation in any situation where linear notes would normally be taken. To begin with, the day can be planned using a Mind Map diary (see Chapter 20). Subsequently, telephone calls, meetings, counselling sessions and interviews can all be Mind Mapped, to ensure that the participants have a full and accurate grasp of what has been discussed and agreed. By using Mind Maps in their training courses, companies like EDS, Digital Computers and British Petroleum have already found that they can make huge savings - in some cases as much as 80 per cent In fact Dr Mike Stanley, Project Leader at the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle, reduced an aircraft design manual to a 25 foot long Mind Map which won him awards within the company (seepages 170-71). Stanley says Mind Map by Nigel Temple, founder of Temple Marketing in Britain, used as the basis for fThe use of Mind Mapping is an integral part of my Quality...

Mind map storytelling

Mind Map Fairy Tale

First prepare your environment and materials Mind Mapping paper spread out on the floor or tables and plenty of good-quality coloured pens. There are seven major stages in the story-telling process. Taking a new sheet of paper, everyone draws the chosen central image or character and spends about 20 minutes doing a quick-fire Mind Map burst of the first ideas that come to mind for making the story original, gripping and extraordinary. These form the major branches on the reconstructed and revised Mind Maps. Younger members may need a little help here from parents Just explain that characters are 'the people in the story', plots are 'what happens in the story', and so on. These Mind Maps should be filled with images and colour, and should take between thirty or forty minutes to draw. maybe a snack, and then spend about 30 minutes looking at and discussing each other's Mind Maps. This will probably be very amusing as well as surprising - people often find members of their family far...

Selfanalysis using mind maps

Whether you're weighing up the pros and cons of changing your job or trying to work out your long-term priorities, Mind Maps can be an enormous help in clarifying your thoughts and feelings. Because a Mind Map uses the full range of cortical skills it gives a comprehensive reflection of the self. Having seen this clear external image of yourself, you are less likely to suffer the unhappy consequences of making decisions that go against your nature and your real needs and desires. It is helpful to begin with a 'complete picture' self-analysis Mind Map, which includes as many as possible of your major characteristics and personality traits. There are four major stages.

Peter Barrett Mind Mapping

Radiant Thinking

Until just before the publication of The Mind Map Book, Mind Maps had always been created using coloured pens and paper. But now technology makes it possible to Mind Map using computers, because they now have enough memory capacity, speed and software capability to allow Mind Maps to be drawn on screen. At the moment computer Mind Mapping cannot compete with the infinite visual variety, portability and 'minimum tool requirement' of traditional Mind Mapping techniques. However, the areas where computer Mind Mapping can offer a significant improvement to personal productivity are the areas of automatic Mind Map generation Mind Map editing data storage data retrieval text input and the organisation of data. The creation of many different variations of the same Mind Map is also facilitated and accelerated. This chapter introduces the work of Peter Barrett, who worked in conjunction with the authors to create the Mind Map Plus software.

Reviewing your mind map notes

Having completed your Mind Map notes, you should review them regularly in order to maintain your understanding and recall of what you have learnt. The natural rhythms of your memory are discussed in detail in Tony Buzan's Use Rather than just looking at your original Mind Map for each review, it is best to start by doing another quick-fire Mind Map burst of what you remember. This will show what you are able to recall without any assistance. You can then check against your original Mind Map, adjusting any discrepancies and strengthening any areas of weak recall.

Mind mapping to gain new paradigms

Thinking Maps Subjects

)uring deep and prolonged creative thinking, if new insights have been gained it the first reconstruction and revision stage, incubation may produce a new lerspective on the collective insights, known as a paradigm shift. The Mind Map on pages 158-159 is by Lorraine Gill. It summarises a series of lectures on the creative process as seen from the perspective of the practising tist. The Mind Map incorporates the History of Art, the growth of a 'grammar of seeing' and the tools for the accomplishment of creative tasks. Coinciding rith modern brain research, the Mind Map emphasises Art as a Science (and cience as an Art) and also emphasises the training of both the imagination id the body in the creative process. The Mind Map on page 163 by Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston larmonic, is the result of such a process. The Mind Map reflects Zander's rdingly new approach to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, an approach that i was the result of years of study, internal Mind Mapping, and...

Benefits of mind map notes and the master mind map

Mind Map Brain

They take up far less space than linear notes. Between 10 and 1,000 pages of text can be summarised on one large Mind Map page. Mind Map by Lana Israel in preparation for a history exam (see pages 219 and 240). Mind Map by Lana Israel in preparation for a history exam (see pages 219 and 240).

THE mind map a definition

The Mind Map is an expression of Radiant Thinking and is therefore a natural function of the human mind. It is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlocking the potential of the brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance. The Mind Map has four essential characteristics Mind Maps may be enhanced and enriched with colour, pictures, codes and dimension to add interest, beauty and individuality. These in turn aid creativity, memory and specifically the recall of information. Mind Maps help you to make a distinction between your mental storage capacity, which your Mind Map will help you demonstrate, and your mental storage efficiency, which your Mind Map will help you achieve. Storing data efficiently multiplies your capacity. It is like the difference between a well-packed or badly packed warehouse, or a library with or without an ordering system.

Mind mapping as individuals

Using the techniques already described in Chapter 14 (pages 139-146) and Chapter 24 (pages 235-44), individuals can create their own Mind Maps throughout the meeting. Mind Map by Lady Mary Tovey of a meeting (see page 248). The subject of the meeting provides the central image, and the major items on the agenda correspond to the main branches. As the meeting progresses, you can add ideas and information wherever they seem most relevant. Alternatively, you may wish to have a mini-Mind Map for each speaker. As long as these are all on the same large sheet of paper, it will be quite easy to indicate cross-references as themes and trends begin to emerge. Once again, there is no need to worry if your Mind Map notes look 'messy'. They are simply reflecting the confused state of communication at that particular time, and can always be clarified and redirected later on. The Mind Map on page 246 was made by Lady Mary Tovey at a four-hour meeting of the Executive Council of The Brain Trust...

Examples of mind map projects

Examples Mind Maps Education

The Mind Map on page 219 summarises a project carried out by IBM and the British government's Youth Training Scheme. The aim was to give guidance on the most effective ways of teaching young people. This summary proved so useful that it was incorporated into the IBM YTS Training Scheme Manual, as were a number of other Mind Maps. Having discovered Mind Mapping and become fascinated by it, Lana chose as her project an investigation of the effects of Mind Mapping on learning. She decided to run a series of experiments on recall and creativity, using her classmates as subjects. Like any good scientist, she divided her subjects into an experimental group and a control group, and carefully monitored the two sets of test results. The group of students using Mind Maps showed a marked improvement in their results, and the precision and creativity of Lana's project won her first place in the county science fair. It also qualified her for the inter-state competition where she came second out of...

Rationale of the mind map laws

Radiant Thinking

Emphasis, as we have already seen, is one of the major factors in improving memory and creativity. All the techniques used for emphasis can also be used for association, and vice versa. The following laws enable you to achieve maximum and appropriate emphasis in your Mind Maps. If a particular word (rather than an image) is absolutely central to your Mind Map, the word can be made into an image by using dimension, multiple colours, and attractive form. ise images throughout your Mind Map If you set aside your fear of being a poor artist, and attempt to draw a butterfly, for example, you may find your first image unsatisfactory. In some instances, you might fail magnificently But the advantage is that you have tried, and the next time you see a butterfly you will want to look at it more closely in order to remember and duplicate it. Thus, by using images in your Mind Maps, you will focus more clearly on Dimension makes things 'stand out', and whatever stands out is more easily...

Group mind map family study

Thinking Map Family

The Mind Map Organic Study Technique (MMOST) - as described in Chapter 14 (pages 141-4) and Tony Buzan, Use Your Head, Chapter 9 - enables individuals to multiply the speed, comprehension, effectiveness and efficiency of their study by five to ten times. By applying the same techniques to family or group study, this improvement can itself be multiplied by the number of members of the group. As individual members, do a quick-fire Mind Map burst of all your current knowledge of the subject, raising your level of mental alertness and establishing associative 'grappling hooks' to take new information on board. This process also helps you identify areas of ignorance which will need special attention. Look at each other's Mind Maps, exchange ideas and create a Mind Map or Mind Maps of the group's existing knowledge. As individuals, Mind Map the goals and objectives of this study session. The Basic Ordering Ideas 'Who ', 'When ', 'Where ', 'Why ', 'What ', 'How ' and 'Which ' are...

Examples of mind map art

The extraordinary tree-like Mind Map on page 119 is by Claudius Borer, who is becoming famous throughout Europe for his art Mind Maps on i structuring of organisations. This generic Mind Map covers the fundamental routes, the main branches and the possible 'fruits' for a growing business. The Mind Map on page 120 (top) was drawn by Kathy De Stefano, a marketing consultant, to express her idea of the ideal job. The result is a brilliantly creative work of art as well as a vibrant and creative Mind Map. The other Mind Map on page 120 (bottom) was created by Dr John Geesink, an international computer industry consultant. He wanted to express the concept of'love' artistically, humorously and without using words. People who saw his Mind Map begged him for colour copies

Benefits of creating artistic mind maps

Providing good 'role models' for other Mind Mappers. Achieving a greater understanding of the work of great artists. Commercial. (For example, a five-year-old English boy became entranced with Mind Maps, started to do at least two a day, and sold each one for five times his weekly pocket money )

Mind mapping for projects and reports

Writing a project or report, ranging from a few pages to the length of a doctoral thesis, can also be made much easier by using Mind Maps. Then, during the research phase, you can use Mind Maps to take notes from source material, to write up research results, to organise and integrate your ideas as they emerge, and to form the basis of your final written or oral presentation. (For more on giving presentations, see Chapter 26.) Like a Mind Mapped essay or examination answer, projects and reports written in this way are likely to be much better structured, and more focused, creative and original, than those based on the laborious traditional methods of linear note-taking, drafting and re-drafting.

Creating a master mind map

If you are involved in a long-term course of study it is a good idea to keep a giant Master Mind Map reflecting the major sub-divisions, themes, theories, personalities and events in that subject. Every time you read a book or go to a lecture, you can record any major new insight on your Master Mind Map, thus creating an external mirror-image of your growing network of internal knowledge. In Chapter 27, page 271, a multiple-purpose Master Mind Map outlines their uses in handling a management emergency The Mind Map on page 243 on bird classification and 'orders' by Brian Heller, a devoted amateur ornithologist and senior executive with IBM, is an excellent example of such an external mirror-image. On a single page, Brian has managed to summarise a life-time of knowledge. Those who have done this notice a surprising and rewarding trend. After a reasonable length of time, the boundaries of the Mind Map begin to edge into other subjects and disciplines. Thus the periphery of a Master Mind...

Journey Through The Mind Of A Mind Mapper Part

Returning to our Mind Mapper, we find our host - momentarily affected by previous education - experiencing a mental block. Harnessing the brain's tendency to function in gestalts or wholes, our host simply adds blank lines to the key words on the Mind Map, enticing the brain to 'fill in1 the beckoning areas. At this stage another major aspect of Radiant Thinking Mind Mapping becomes apparent that the Mind Map is based on the logic of association, and not the logic of time. The Mind Map reaches out in any direction and catches any thought from any angle. Having generated enough ideas to satisfy the requirements for his or her speech, presentation, essay or exploration, our host decides to order the ideas further by giving them each a number, thus putting the Mind Map into a chronological sequence should that be necessary. (For more on chronological sequencing, see Chapters 22, 23, 25, 27 and 28.)

Chairing a meeting with a mind map

Mind Maps are particularly useful for chairing meetings. The chairperson has the agenda on a basic Mind Map and can use this fundamental frame to add thoughts, guide discussions, and record the basic outline of what will eventually be the minutes of the meeting. Colour coding can be used to indicate action, ideas, question marks, and important areas. Chairing a meeting this way allows the person in the chair to be much like a captain of a starship guiding it safely through the clusters and galaxies of ideas. A variation on this theme is to have an official Mind Map-minuter, sitting next to the chairman, in order to enable the chairman to participate on many levels at the same time, while keeping a constant overview of the developing thrust of the meeting. One individual who used this Mind Mapping approach with particular success was Fidelity's Bruce Johnstone. In a January issue of Money magazine, the feature article on Johnstone explained how he had ground out average annual returns...

Benefits of family mind mapping

X Family Mind Mapping offers all the benefits of group Mind Mapping listed in Chapter 17 (pages 172-3). By using Mind Maps for story-telling, the family's creativity is enhanced. T Throughout the Mind Map study process, family members engage in conversation about the material they are studying, rather than studying in silence. Research has shown that active verbalising leads to more efficient processing and greater recall of information.

Transforming a mind map to a speech article etc

Many people, when first shown mind maps, assume that they cannot be used for any linear purpose, such as giving a talk or writing an article. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you refer to the mind map of this chapter on page 100, you will find how such a transformation took place Once the map has been completed, the required information is readily available. All that is necessary is to decide the final order in which to present the information. A good mind map will offer a number of possibilities. When the choice is being made, each area of the map can be encircled with a different colour, and numbered in the correct order. Putting this into written or verbal form is simply a matter of outlining the major areas to be covered, and then going through them point by point, following the logic of the branched connections. In this way the problem of redrafting and redrafting yet again is eliminated - all the gathering and organising will have been completed at the map stage....

Purposes Of The Mind Map Book

This book is designed as an adventure to entice, delight, stimulate and challenge you. You will discover some astonishing facts about your brain and its function, and will take your first major steps on the path to freedom of mind. The Mind Map Book has five main purposes To introduce you to the new tool that allows you to use Radiant Thinking to best advantage in all aspects of your life - Mind Maps. This division also introduces you to Radiant Thinking and Mind Mapping, demonstrating how each is a natural offshoot of the brain's fundamental structure, and how each can improve dramatically your mental performance. The Foundations division guides you through the practical applications of the skills of the left and right hemispheres of your brain, demonstrating how you can use each separately, and how you can then combine them in specific ways that multiply dramatically the advantages you get from using your brain. The result is the complete Mind Mapping technique (explained in chapter...

Benefits of dyadic mind maps

Dyadic Framework

X Dyadic Mind Maps allow your brain to assimilate immediately a whole range of complex and inter-related items of information, bringing all the issues into clear focus. They also give the brain a pre-structured framework for association, ensuring that all the relevant elements are taken into consideration. The Mind Mapping process itself often results in or triggers a decision. Having familiarised yourself with dyadic decision-making, you are ready to make the transition to polycategoric Mind Mapping. The next chapter introduces you to this exciting technique which will help you make more complex decisions and organise your own ideas.

The principles of the mind map diary

In the same way as Mind Mapping represents a large leap from standard linear note-taking, the Mind Map diary or Universal Personal Organiser (UPO) (see page 310) is far more efficient and effective than a standard diary. As well as the cortical skills used in traditional diaries (words, numbers, lists, sequence and order), the Mind Map diary incorporates colour, imagery, symbols, codes, humour, daydream, gestalt (wholeness), dimension, association and visual rhythm. By giving you a true and full reflection of your brain, the Mind Map diary enables you to operate in all three spatial dimensions, as well as those of colour and time. The Mind Map diary thus becomes not only a rime-management system but also a self and z e-management system.

The Future Of Computer Mind Mapping

Computer Mind Mapping is in its infancy and with increasingly powerful computers and more innovative software becoming available, enormous advances will be made within the next few years. Some features which will be available in the very near future include 1 Multi-coloured images to act as the central Mind Map image or to be attached to any part of any branch. 3 Pen-Pad computer technology will make the input to computers much like traditional Mind Mapping. The inevitable improvement in portable computer technology will make colour screens universally available at reasonable cost and low weight. This means that carrying a very powerful computer with a broad range of software will become the norm for students, managers and the general user. Mind Mapping software will become linked to other software, providing an increasing range of appropriate tools for the mentally literate computer user. Group Mind Maps generated by computer users at different locations around the world will soon be...

Mind mapping for essays

Whereas note-taking from a book or lecture involves taking the essential elements from linear material to generate a Mind Map, note-making for an essay means first identifying the essential elements of the subject in a Mind Map and then using your Mind Map notes to build a linear structure. As always, you should begin your Mind Map with a central image representing the subject of your essay. Let your mind range freely, adding items of information, or points you wish to make, wherever they seem most relevant on your Mind Map. There is no limit to the number of branches and sub-branches that can radiate outwards from your Basic Ordering Ideas. During this Mind Mapping stage you should use codes (colours, symbols, or both) to indicate cross-reference or association between different areas. Next, edit and re-order your Mind Map into a cohesive whole. Now sit down and write the first draft of your essay, using the Mind Map as a framework. A well-organised Mind Map should provide you with...

The Three As Of Mind Mapping

The Mind Mapping equivalents of these three instructions are the three A's 'Accept', 'Apply' and Adapt'. 'Accept' means that, in the first stage, you should set aside any preconceptions you may have about your mental limitations, and follow the Mind Mapping laws exactly, imitating the models given as precisely as you can. 'Apply' is the second stage, when you have completed the basic training given in this book. At this point, we suggest that you create a minimum of 100 Mind Maps, applying the laws and recommendations contained in this chapter, developing your personal Mind Mapping style, and experimenting with the different types of Mind Maps outlined in the following chapters. Mind Maps should be used for all aspects of your note-taking and note-making until you feel them to be an entirely natural way of organising your thoughts. Adapt' refers to the ongoing development of your Mind Mapping skills. Having practised several hundred 'pure' Mind Maps, this is the time to experiment...

The mind map laws and recommendations

The Mind Map laws are intended to increase, rather than restrict, your mental freedom. In this context, it is important not to confuse order with rigidity or freedom with chaos. All too often, order is perceived in negative terms as rigid and restrictive. Similarly, freedom is mistaken for chaos and lack of structure. In fact true mental freedom is the ability to create order from chaos. The Mind Map laws will help you do exactly this. They are divided into the laws of technique and the laws of layout SUMMARY OF THE MIND MAP LAWS Techniques Use images throughout your Mind Map.

Mind Maps and the Left and Right Brain

At this point it is useful to consider how recent research into the brain adds strength to the points raised so far. In light of the fact, as already outlined, that the brain handles information better if the information is designed to 'slot in', consider the left and right brain research of Roger Sperry and Robert Ornstein. This research alone would lead you to conclude that a note taking and thought-organisation technique designed to satisfy the needs of the whole brain would have to include not only words, numbers, order, sequence, and lines, but also colour, images, dimension, symbols, and visual rhythms etc in other words Mind Maps. Fig 41A mind map on the uses of mind maps. See text page 112.

Using mind maps to prepare a presentation

So preparing business presentations is almost identical to preparing examination or essay Mind Maps (see Chapter 22). It also bears many similarities to self-analysis and problem solving Mind Mapping (see Chapters 18 and 19). Having drawn your central image, the first step is to do a quick-fire Mind Map burst of any ideas that come to mind which are in any way connected to the topic you have chosen. Look again at your quick-fire Mind Map, organise your main branches and sub-branches, and fill in any other key words that come to mind. As each key word will take up at least 1 minute of your presentation, it's a good idea to restrict your Mind Map to a maximum of 50 key words and images for a 1-hour speech. Look at your Mind Map again and pare it down even further, getting rid of all extraneous material. At this stage you should also put in codes to indicate where youwish to insert slides, videos, particular cross-references, examples, and so on.

The Mind Map Book And

You who now read these words are doing so with your own unique personality and uniquely developed set of learning skills. You will therefore progress at a pace and rhythm particularly suited to you. In the light of this, it is important that you measure yourself primarily against yourself. The examples contained within The Mind Map Book should be used not as standards that must be attained but as beacons to guide you towards your goal. When you have completed The Mind Map Book we recommend that you read it again rapidly. This 'after completion reading' will be like meeting an old friend again, and will give you a knowledgeable reader's enhanced perspective on each of the developing segments.

The family mind mapping study day

Using this type of study plan and well-organised Mind Map notes, the content of a whole book can be communicated to members of the group in 30 minutes-1 hour The study day is designed to give each member of the family over two hours of study time on an individual book. Thus in a family of four, four books can be read, Mind Mapped, understood and exchanged in a day 3 Mind Map your existing knowledge of the subject, your goals and objectives and the questions you want to answer (20 minutes). Take a quick overview of your book, looking at the contents, major headings, and so on. Then put in the major branches on the group Mind Map (15 minutes). Preview the book, looking at the material in more detail, and continue building your Mind Map (15 minutes).

Mind mapping as a group

As well as individual Mind Maps, it is advisable to have a Master Mind Map on a large board, screen or chart that is visible to all. In this way the elected scribe can register every contribution and place it within the overall structure of the meeting. A group Mind Map can incorporate both brain storming and planning. A Mind Map was created to summarise a meeting between Chess Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE, Lord Brocket, Annette Keene, Vanda North and Tony Buzan. The meeting concerned the continuance of Brocket Hall as an international centre for Mind Sports and also as the venue for a series of other A particular advantage of using Mind Maps in meetings is that the Mind Map gives a clearer and more balanced picture of the true content of the meeting. Research shows that in traditional meetings preference is given either to those who speak first, last, loudest, with particular accents, with a higher level of vocabulary, or with a greater position of authority. The Mind Map cuts...

Levels Of Mind Map Knowledge

Regardless of your level of knowledge concerning Mind Maps, your initial approach should be to browse through the book fairly rapidly, scanning its structure, observing those areas that will be of particular interest to you, and formulating your initial goals. If you are a beginner, meaning that you have had either no experience with Mind Maps or only the slightest acquaintance, continue by reading The Mind Map Book as a study text. For a succinct summary of how to approach this, see If you are an intermediate, meaning that you have some knowledge of Mind Maps and have started some form of basic application, once again use the study technique. Try to perfect your technique in the light of this book, as well as pursuing your specific goals from the Mind Map Menu in Division 5 (Uses). If you are advanced, meaning that you have considerable experience with Mind Maps, you are advised to concentrate more on the first three divisions, focusing on those areas where either you need more...

Giving a mind mapped presentation

In contrast to linear notes, a Mind Map gives the speaker freedom and flexibility opposite Natural Architecture Plate 28 If the audience has particular needs or questions that arise, either before or during the speech, you can immediately link them into the Mind Map. Equally, if the time available for your presentation suddenly expands or shrinks, you can edit quickly and easily. The flexibility of a Mind Map allows you to monitor your progress easily and to accelerate or expand your presentation accordingly. Exactly timed performances are impressive in themselves as well courteous to other speakers and the audience. Likewise, if the previous speaker has made similar points but with more knowledge or force than you, then you can quickly add to or alter your Mind Map, highlighting these points for agreement and thus form the 'brilliant him, brilliant me' association On the other hand, if the previous speaker has made misinformed or illogical comments, these can also be linked into your...

Creating And Editing A Computer Mind

Creating a Computer Mind Map is very simple. From your directory screen you select 'Make a new Mind Map'. This selection immediately creates a new display on which you enter the key word for your new Mind Map. Once this key word, your central image, is entered, the computer automatically draws, colours and positions your central Mind Map image in the middle of the screen. In exactly the same way as you do with a standard Mind Map, you add your main themes and branches, each main branch being simply identified as a key word entry in your computer. All sub-branches are automatically positioned and coloured, each sub-branch inheriting the colour of the main theme. In its creative stage, Mind Mapping encourages you to get information down with ease and flow and not to worry too much about precise structure and the correct placement of ideas. The new Computer Mind Mapping provides an excellent separation of the creative and editing parts of the process. Once created, branches can be...

Benefits of teaching with mind maps

T Because Mind Maps present only relevant material in a clear and memorable form, the students tend to get better marks in examinations. 5 Unlike linear text. Mind Maps show not just the facts but the relationships between those facts, thus giving the students a deeper understanding of the subject.

Exercise 76 Mind Mapping

An innovation of Tony Buzan, the mind map evolved from his research in note taking techniques. A mind map consists of a central word or concept, around which you draw 5 to 10 main ideas that relate to that word or concept. Then you take each of those words and draw 5 to 10 main ideas that relate to each of those words. New ideas can be placed in the right place and the map encourages the reduction of each idea to a single word. A mind map is a way to organize your thoughts or ideas around a major theme or subject, and assist you in making brain linkages and connections for better recall later. You can apply the mind map principle to a variety of situations, whether it's a book you just read, a lecture you just heard, or a vision you just had -- creating a mind map around its central theme can bring clarity and order to your thoughts, and you can depict it all on a single sheet of paper. Research by Tony Buzan on note taking revealed that out of the various methods of learning after a...

Benefits of mind maps for meetings

J Including all individual contributions on the Mind Map increases energy, enthusiasm and co-operation within the group. Because Mind Maps are such an efficient means of communication, Mind Map meetings usually take about one-fifth of the time taken by traditional meetings.

Examples of selfanalysis mind maps

The first example on page 178 (top) is a Mind Map created by a chief executive in a multinational corporation who originally wished to analyse his life in relation to his business activities. However, as the Mind Map increasingly revealed his feelings, it began to reflect all the major elements in his life. He subsequently explained that, before the Mind Mapping self-analysis, he had assumed his business to be his prime concern. But, through Mind Mapping, he realised that his family was the true foundation of his life. As a result he transformed his relationship with his wife, children and other relatives, and adjusted his schedule to reflect his true priorities. I Predictably enough, his health and his mental state improved enormously, I his family became much closer and more loving, and his business improved It dramatically as it began to reflect his new positive outlook. II who was considering a change of career and personal direction. She did the Mind Map in order to see who she...

What mind map users have said

Mind Maps have been described by those who have used them, from five-year-olds to those at all levels of business and education, in the following ways 'the epitome of summarising devices - use a Mind Map, save a tree Save a 'a Mind Map is an externalisation of all aspects of cortical skills and intelligences, allowing the brain to gain access more fluidly, gracefully and rapidly to its vast store of abilities' 'to the Information and Space Age, what linear note-taking was to the Industrial Age' Or, as one user put it when first using Mind Maps 'It is as if I'd been driving ail my life with a dirty windscreen and suddenly the Mind Map cleared it for me.' All these descriptions are appropriate and relevant. Taken together, they reveal the Mind Map as the next step in the progression from linear ('one-dimensional'), through lateral ('two-dimensional'), to Radiant or multi-dimensional thinking.

Mind mapping a book

To recap briefly, the technique of Mind Mapping a book falls into two parts -preparation and application. Within these divisions there are eight stages. For ease of reference, the stages are summarised below, with recommended time limits. A complete summary Mind Map by Vanda North of the MMOST technique, incorporating a study-day plan, is on page 239. 1 Browse - create the central image of the Mind Map (10 minutes) 3 Mind Mapping existing knowledge on the subject (10 minutes) 4 Defining and Mind Mapping goals (5 minutes) Application (times dependent on material studied) 5 Overview - add main Mind Map branches 7 Inview - fill in the Mind Map details 8 Review - complete the Mind Map Then take a large blank sheet or Mind Map pad and draw a central image that summarises the subject or title. If there is a particularly striking or colourful image on the cover or inside the book, feel free to use it. If you are also reasonably sure of the main branches that are going to radiate from the...

Mind maps uses

The nature of mind maps is intimately connected with the function of the mind, and they can be used in nearly every activity where thought, recall, planning or creativity are involved. Figure 41 is a mind map of the use of mind maps, showing this wide variety of uses. Detailed explanation of each of these aspects would of course take up a large book, but in the remainder of this chapter I shall explain the application of maps to the speech writing, essay writing, examination type of task to meetings and communications, and to note taking.

Whole Mind Syntopic Reading

When Adler wrote his book in 1940, he was missing the whole mind approach to reading and learning, which includes PhotoReading, mind mapping, and the theory of multiple intelligences. By adding the PhotoReading whole mind system to syntopic reading, you have the ability to process and synthesize information at rates far beyond what were once considered normal. 4) Create a giant mind map You need a large sheet of paper, your books, and some colored markers. Throughout the process of syntopic reading, you may find it useful to keep notes in the form of a mind map to free your short term memory. If you step back and look at your mind map, you will notice a number of important concepts being addressed. Briefly summarize what you think about the subject so far. It helps to create neutral terminology that removesjargon from ideas presented. Authors may have different words for saying the same thing, and it is your task to create neutral terms of your own. Write your words around the outer...

Step 4 Activation

The PhotoReading whole mind system uses several activation techniques including various mind probing exercises, super reading, dipping, and mind mapping. When activating you must engage a minimum of three intelligences (see page 51) to make sure you access information that may be stored in nonverbal regions of the brain. Mind Map Activate the material through mind mapping, dreaming, acting, drawing, discussing, recognition games, or in any other comfortable way.

Modern brain research The brain cell

Radiant Thinking

It is in these shimmering and incessant embraces that the infinite patterns, the infinite Maps of your Mind, are created, nurtured and grown. Radiant Thinking reflects your internal structure and processes. The Mind Map is your external mirror of your own Radiant Thinking and allows you access into this vast thinking powerhouse.

Expanding your powers of association

Associated Mind Mapping

By 'free-associating' on each of the ten words, connecting the concepts that Spring from them with lines and clearly printing single key words on lines which ire the same length as the words, you can begin to build a verbal Mind Map tree' of associations like the one on page 80. As you make connections between words in your Mini-Mind Map you will be increasing the sophistication and power of your memory, fin 1985 Anderson and Parlmutter carried out an interesting experiment on memory. They presented the subjects with key central words and asked them to generate associations beginning with a given letter. The extended original Happiness' exercise, leading to basic verbal Mind Mapping. The extended original Happiness' exercise, leading to basic verbal Mind Mapping. FROM BRAINSTORMING TO MIND MAPPING

What Is Radiant Thinking Definition

Positive Thinking Mindmap

Creation of the Mind Maps At this stage, each individual does three large, separate Mind Maps dislikes, likes and solutions. In each of the three Mind Maps you should follow the usual procedure of first completing a quick-fire Mind Map burst, which should be followed by a more careful reconstruction in which you select your BOIs. i For up to 1 hour (or more if required) each participant does an exhaustive Mind Map on every negative aspect of the relationship to date. No matter how many positive elements there may be in the situation, the aim at this point is to give a full and objective description of the negative aspects. It is essential that the participants do their Mind Maps in complete privacy i and that no views or opinions are exchanged during the Mind Mapping process. Mind Map by Tessa Tok-Hart on solving the problems of communication (seepage 184). Mind Map by Tessa Tok-Hart on solving the problems of communication (seepage 184). After completion of the negative Mind Map,...

Harnessing The Full Range Of Your Cortical Skills

The full power of the Mind Map is realised by having a central image instead of a central word, and by using images wherever appropriate rather than This finding supports the argument that the Mind Map is a uniquely appropriate learning tool. It not only uses images, it is an image. The Mind Map harnesses the full range of cortical skills - word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness - in a single, uniquely powerful technique. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanse of your brain.

The Intelligence Revolution

As The Mind Map Book goes to press, the world stands on the brink of a major revolution the discovery that intelligence can understand its own nature, and in so doing can enhance and nurture itself. Simultaneously, we are realising that our main asset is our intellectual capital. Similarly, the charming young Hungarian girl Judit Polgar, the youngest ever chess Grandmaster, is becoming a cult figure. Dominic O'Brien, the first World Memory Champion, who uses Memory Mind Maps to help him recall record-breaking amounts of data, now regularly appears on international television. And then there is Raymond Keene, game master and world record holder for books written on games and thinking (75+ ). Through his Mind Maps, articles, books and television presentations (see pages 257-60) he has built up a following of 180,000 people who stay up until 1 a.m. to watch his programmes. As a result of this astronomical growth in interest, the first Mental Olympic Games will be held in 1994, the year...

More about hierarchies and categories

The Basic Ordering Ideas in any Mind Map are those words or images which are the simplest and most obvious ordering devices. They are the key concep' gathering the greatest number of associations to themselves. It is the use of hierarchy and categorisation which distinguishes the fall Mind Map from the Mini-Mind Maps described earlier. In these, the first ten words or images gained their importance simply by occurring first. In the full Mind Map, they are placed according to their inherent importance. What are my basic questions 'Why ', 'What ', 'Where ', 'Who ', 'How ', 'Which ', 'When ' often serve remarkably well as major branches in a Mind Map. Alternatively, you can go back to the Mini-Mind Map technique, write down the first ten words or images that spring to mind, then ask yourself which of them can be combined under more general headings.

Books With Other Authors

Get Ahead (Buzan Centre Books 1992) By Vanda North with Tony Buzan A practical, easy and inviting introduction to Tony Buzan's Mind Maps. How to apply them to your life to get ahead quicker. Video also available. By Lana Israel with Tony Buzan Lana has used Tony's Mind Mapping to improve her grades at school, write a book, conduct research, travel to Russia and be on national television at only 15 years of age. You can too

Martian View Of Human Intelligence

Moved by this tragicomic situation, you decide to give the humans a set of Mind Mapping laws to help them release their incredible capabilities. These laws must be valid from any academic perspective to which the humans may choose to apply them - semantics, neurophysiology, information processing theory, cortical hemisphere theory, physics, psychology, philosophy, memory research or learning theory. What follows are the laws, theories and recommendations you propose.

Radiant Thinking Radiant Future

In order to examine the possibilities, it is necessary to return momentarily from the cosmos to the cortex, and to search for Rader Piatt's beacons of hope in the welter of discouraging news about economics, pollution and the general global state. If we are to achieve a complete understanding of our current situation, and a more realistic interpretation of our future, it is necessary to look very closely at the single factor which most dramatically affects all future possibilities. This crucial factor is not the general environment, nor is it the theories of economics or psychology, nor even the 'basic aggressiveness of mankind', nor the 'irreversible tide of history'. The main, almost blindingly obvious factor is that which has been the subject of The Mind Map Book, and which in large part records, controls and directs the rest of the equation the Radiant Thinking human brain.

Division 1 Natural Architecture

Division 1 answers all these questions, introducing you to the amazing natural architecture of your brain on both the cellular and macro levels, and to the major principles of brain function. You are shown how the Great Brains used skills that are available to everyone, and why it is that 95 per cent of people are dissatisfied with their mental functioning. In the final chapters of this division you are introduced to the new, brain-based mode of advanced thought Radiant Thinking, and its natural expression, the Mind Map.

Establishing a productive mental set

In order to take best advantage of your note-taking opportunities, it is important for you to organise your approach in a way that allows you to build up a clearly ctured Mind Map as your note-taking progresses. To establish the best mental set for note-taking from a book, use the Mind Map Organic Study Technique (MMOST) as described in detail by Tony uzan in Use Your Head (Chapter 9). The basic steps are as follows

The brain and advanced noting

Radiant Mind Maps

A mind map such as that outlined in fig 35 has a number of advantages over the linear form of note taking. In connection with these points, and especially with the last one, you should now do an exercise similar to your space travel speech notes at the beginning of this chapter, but this time using a mind map rather than the more linear methods. 2 The printed words should be on lines, and each line should be connected to other lines. This is to guarantee that the mind map has basic structure. Figure 36, page 102 shows the normal writing of a fourteen-year-old boy who was described as reasonably bright, but messy, confused, and mentally disorganised. The example of his linear writing represents his 'best notes' and explains clearly why he was described as he was. The mind map of English which he completed in five minutes shows almost completely the reverse, suggesting that we can often misjudge a child by the method in which we require him to express himself. Figure 37, page 103 is the...

Notes from Books by Tony Buzan

Chapter 6 - Mind Maps Introduction Chapter 7 - Mind Maps - The Laws Chapter 8 - Mind Maps - advanced methods and uses Chapter 9 - The Mind Map organic study technique (MMOST) The Mind Map Book - How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximise Your Brain's Untapped Potential The Mind Map Book The disadvantages of standard notes Mind maps use pictures. Harnessing the full range of your cortical skills Summary of the Mind Map Laws The mnemonic mind map as a mirror of creativity. Creative Thinking Mind Maps Computer Mind Mapping The Book of Genius (Details coming soon)

Asking questions defining goals

Having established the current state of knowledge on the subject, it is next advisable to decide what you want from the book. This involves defining the questions you want answered during the reading. The questions should be asked in the context of goals aimed for and should, like the noting of knowledge, be done in key word and mind map form. Many prefer to use a different coloured pen for this section, and rather than starting a new map they add their questions to the already existing map on current knowledge.

Key memory principles

The individual who has done more than anyone to promote an understanding of how your memory works is British expert Tony Buzan. In books like the bestselling Use Your Head, Buzan provides many practical activities to help you develop your memory. He has also invented a way of visualizing thoughts, the mind map . To make a mind map, turn a piece of paper through 90 degrees so that its shortest side is vertical. Put the title of your map or a picture in the center and draw an oblong around it. Pick out the main topics or headings of whatever you are mapping. Draw lines out from your central oblong toward the edge of the page and label the line as you do it. Then draw smaller lines, like branches of the trunk of a tree, from each of your main lines. You can also create twigs off the branches if you think of something else that is part of a branch. Once the basic shape of the map is taking place, you can add connecting lines to link different branches. You can also annotate the map with...

The lifeplanning divisions

Like other personal organisers, the Mind Map diary can also help you keep track of different aspects of your life. Once again, to keep the mind uncluttered, it's best to use only a few major Basic Ordering Ideas. The most useful are In each of these divisions you can plan and Mind Map telephone calls, meetings, holidays, etc, and jot down creative ideas and things to remember.

Helping others to analyse themselves

You may wish to help friends or colleagues analyse themselves, perhaps someone who has never done a Mind Map before. In such cases you can follow the same four stages described earlier (pages 177-8), the only difference being that, rather than analysing yourself, you become a scribe for someone else. Your friend or colleague can describe his or her central image while you draw it. He or she can then dictate all the thoughts, feelings and ideas that come to mind, while you write them down as a quick-fire Mind Map burst. You will probably need to help your friend or colleague find suitable Basic Ordering i Ideas. You can then draw a comprehensive Mind Map incorporating everything that he or she has said, after which the analysis can be done either in private or, where appropriate, together.

The importance of where you are

You can consciously seek to absorb the details of a place as you experience something that you are determined to remember. I find that this works well for me when I am in a meeting and want to remember something in particular. In addition to my notes or a mind map, I consciously connect the memory to the place I am in, looking carefully around the room, so that I can recall the thought later on. In these examples, it is likely that place is providing an extra context to which your mind can connect a particular thought. Some of the places also may act as emotional triggers.


We would like to express once again our great appreciation and enormous thanks to our parents, Gordon and Jean Buzan, for launching us on this incredible journey, and especially to Mum for the depth of caring and days of work she has contributed to the preparation of this manuscript Vanda North, our External Editor, who put in as much work in helping us with The Mind Map Book as most authors do in writing their own creations Lorraine Gill, the artist, for her profound insights into the importance and nature of seeing, the image, and the relationship of art to the brain, memory and creativity Deborah Buzan for sustained encouragement and support over the many years of this project Michael J. Gelb for his persistent and impassioned support of us, this book, and a Mind Mapping World our friends who spent so much time both reading and helping us with the various drafts - Paul Collins, who among many other things helped us realise that a quantum leap was a small one Judy Caldwell, who was...


Sadly, most students in school and universities around the world seem to thinM that notes are nothing more than a memory aid. Their only concern is that their notes should enable them to remember what they have read just longl enough to pass their exams, after which the information can be happily for-1 gotten. As we have seen, memory is indeed a major factor but by no means thel only one. Other functions, such as analysis and creativity, are equally important.1 The Mind Map is a particularly effective mnemonic device for all the reasons outlined in the next chapter, 13. As a note-taking technique, it has none of thel disadvantages of standard linear note-taking, as described in Chapter 3 (page 49). Instead, it offers all the advantages of a method that works in harmony I with your brain, utilising and releasing the full range of its capabilities. When taking notes from lectures or from written material, it is essential first of all to identify the underlying structure of the...

Polycategoric Means

Radiant Thinking

Define your aims and objectives for this study session and complete a different Mind Map of all the questions that need to be answered in this study session. J Take an overview of the text, looking at the table of contents, major headings, results, conclusions, summaries, major illustrations or graphs, and any other important elements which catch your eye. This process will give you the central image and main branches (or Basic Ordering Ideas) of your new polycategoric Mind Map of the text. Many students report that they have often completed 90 per cent of their learning task by the time they finish the overview stage. By focusing on the overall structure and major elements of the text, the author's essential ordering impetus rapidly becomes clear and can easily be Mind Mapped. vf Now move on to the preview, looking at all the material not covered in the overview, particularly the beginnings and ends of paragraphs, sections and chapters, where the essential information tends to be...

Special education

Mind Map Grammar

Mind Maps are particularly useful for helping those with learning disabilities. The Mind Map on page 231 was done by the author in conjunction with a nine-year-old boy we shall call 'Timmy'. Timmy suffered from fairly severe Cerebral Palsy, which meant that his motive functions were significantly impaired. He was considered by many to be ineducable and unintelligent. Timmy was then asked what his main interests were, and without hesitation he said, 'space and dinosaurs', so these were put down as major branches of the Mind Map. Timmy was asked what he liked about space. He said, 'the Mind Map of a language lesson for a group of non-native English-speakers by their teacher Charles La Fond (see page 229). Lars Soderberg's Mind Map of an overview of French grammar (see page 229). Mind Map by 'Timmy* with the help of Tony Buzan, demonstrating the abilities and knowledge of the learning disabled (see page 229). He asked to do his own Mind Map. He produced another 'scribble' and explained...

Mental Literacy

Illustrations Conceptual Framework

The Mind Map Book3 with its emphasis on the radiant biological and conceptual architecture of the brain, is an introduction to Mental Literacy, a concept which we hope will have profoundly positive effects on the individual, the family, the organisation, societies, and civilisation in general. The Mentally Literate individual is also able to see the vital powerhouses of memory and creative thinking for what they really are virtually identical mental processes that simply occupy different places in time. Memory is the re-creation in the present, of the past. Creativity is the projection, from the present, into the future, of a similar mental construct. The conscious development of memory or creativity through the use of Mind Maps automatically increases the strength of both. In modern Mind Mapping terms, da Vinci was saying to the individual By applying the Mind Map guiding principles and da Vinci's laws, the brain can develop its own uniquely individual expressions, exploring hitherto...


Mind Maps Plus Software program The new computer thinking tool for managers, consultants, professionals, students, teachers, analysts, authors, journalists and many others. May be used on any pc compatible with VGA running DOS. The first Mind Map program doubles creativity, allows flexible and instantaneous manifestation of ideas and logs levels of thought. Can translate to linear for the non-Mind Map literate. Mind Map Kits Each printing of a Mind Map pad has a limited edition Mind Map on it. Collect them all The kit contains an A3 and A4 Mind Map pad of 50 pages and a pack of 6 felt-tip pens and 4 highlighters. Master Mind Map poster, a limited edition poster depicting, in a surrealist manner, all the principles taught by Tony Buzan. This beautiful picture is called Body and Soul and each numbered copy is signed by the Swedish artist, Ulf Ekberg. Y-MIND MAP Fax (407) 845 3210 You can do this by studying in your own home, or by meeting with others who also wish to expand their vast...

Doing The Exercises

You will gain a new dimension of understanding and expertise if you do the exercises offered in The Mind Map Book. These take the form of quizzes, challenges and explorations. It is best to use a Mind Map pad (a blank white A3 pad), a set of 12 or more good-for-writing felt-tip pens, four or more bright and different-coloured highlighters, and a standard writing pen. Mind Map kits are available by post (see pages 308-11). With these materials, you will be able to make full use of your Radiant Thinking and Mind Mapping abilities, and will learn these new techniques easily, enjoyably and rapidly. Another advantage of following the recommended exercises is that your Mind Map pad becomes a visual record of your progress.

The daily plan

The daily Mind Map diary page is based on the 24-hour clock, the Mind Map As with the yearly and monthly plans, as many Mind Mapping laws as possible are applied. Ideally, you will make two Mind Maps for each day the first one to plan the day in advance and the second to monitor its progression -this can also be used to recapture the day in retrospect. The example on page 198 is the second day of August from my own monthly plan. In this daily plan the 24-hour clock in the upper left-hand corner gave me a true perspective on the amount of time in the day. The central image of the day's Mind Map was the book you are now reading. The smiling mouth, resembling Aladdin's lamp, indicated that I was dictating sections of the book and I was hoping that I would be inspired by the 'genie' of my imagination.


On considering the Mind Map our host has created, it is clear that any of the key words or images could be placed at the centre of a new Mind Map which would again radiate outwards. Bearing this in mind, any Mind Map is potentially infinite. In view of its radiant nature, every key word or image added to a Mind Map itself adds the possibility of a new and greater range of associations, which themselves add the possibilities of new and greater ranges, and so on ad infinitum. This demonstrates yet again the infinite associative and creative nature of every normal human brain. It also completely contradicts the widely held belief that the generation of ideas is much more difficult than the editing and organising of those ideas. If our Mind Mapping ability is infinite, the only difficulty is deciding when to stop though the Mind Map can help with this decision as well.

Radiant Thinking

Radiant Thinker

14 This is the exchange, during which each family member presents, from his or her own Mind Map of the book, a complete summary of what has been learnt from the study text. (For details on giving presentations, see Chapter 26.) Mind Map of a complete study day completed by two mothers, Lynn Collins and Caro Ayre (see page 208). act as scribes, making their own Mind Maps and attempting to gain an understanding at least equal to that of the presenter. With the benefit of hindsight, and the presenter's organisation and layout, you should all be able to refine and improve each other's and your own Mind Maps to the highest possible level. The Mind Map on page 207 is the result of a study day held outside in a garden in springtime Somerset, England. Two families, the Ayres and the Collinses, were studying books and information on developing family genius, and therefore were applying what they were learning to what they were learning The final Mind Map of the study day was completed by the...

Audio Tapes

6 audio tapes and 48 page workbook covering memory logic listening range reading number skills dealing with change and using Mind Maps for creative thinking and enhancing intelligence. Super Creativity and Mind Mapping (Audio Renaissance Tapes Inc 1988) Tony Buzan introduces you to a new level of creative thinking enhanced by learning how to Mind Map. A participative manual is enclosed.

The chapters

In the centre of the book you will find mind maps which you are advised to look at before reading each chapter - they serve as a preview review summary. The right and left brain findings give added support to the work you will be doing on memory systems, on note taking and communication, and on advanced mind mapping techniques, for in each of these areas it is essential to use both sides of your brain.

Four Danger Areas

Positive Thinking Mindmap

There are four major pitfalls for any Mind Mapper Mind Maps that aren't really Mind Maps The idea that a 'messy' Mind Map is no good 4 A negative emotional reaction to any Mind Map 1 Mind Maps that aren't really Mind Maps The Figures overleaf are often created by people at an early stage in Mind Mapping who have not yet fully absorbed all the Mind Map laws. At first glance, they look like Mind Maps and seem to obey the fundamental Mind Mapping principles. There are, however, a number of differences. As both figures develop, their structure becomes increasingly random and monotonous. Furthermore, all the ideas are reduced to the same level and each one becomes associated from the others. Let's say that someone has had a very unhappy afternoon and wishes to make the Mind Map diary entries shown in Figures 1 and 2 on page 114. By contrast, Figure 2 breaks the phrase into its individual word meanings, allowing each word the freedom to radiate its own unique associations. The importance of...

Division 5 Uses

In this division we explore the many practical ways in which you can use your newly acquired Mind Mapping skills we begin with personal applications (self-analysis, problem-solving and keeping a Mind Map diary) this is followed by family study then educational applications (thinking, teaching and Mind Mapping a book, lecture or video) and finally business and professional applications, including the new developments of computer Mind Maps and the prospect of a Radiant Thinking future.


Mind Map Personal Skills

Mind Mapping not only enhances your powers of self-analysis, problem solving and personal organisation, it can also enrich your family life. The next section explores the many exciting ways in which you can use Mind Maps for family study and enjoyment. Mind Map from Tony Buzan's personal diary showing Mind Map of the day in which he began formally writing The Mind Map Book, and symbolising the genie that came from ideas discussed in conversation (see pages 192-3).

Noteworthy material

Mind Mapping structure of the text as you progress through it is very similar to building up the picture of the jigsaw puzzle as you fit in bit by bit. Ideally the bulk of Mind Map noting should take place during the latter stages of study, as in the earlier stages it is very difficult to know that which is definitely note-worthy, and subsequently unnecessary noting can be avoided. The advantage -of building up a Mind Map as you progress through the study text is that you externalise and integrate a lot of information that would otherwise be 'up-in-the-air'. The growing Mind Map also allows you to refer back quickly to areas It will enable you after a reasonable amount of basic study, to see just where the areas of confusion in your subject are, and to see also where your subject connects with other subjects. As such it will place you in the creative situation of being able to integrate the known realise the relevance to other areas and to make appropriate comment where confusion and...

4 Noting

B Mind maps for recall and creative thinking 86 C Mind maps - advanced methods and uses 106 a model for the brain Advanced mind map noting Wider application of mapping techniques Transforming for speeches and articles Note taking from lectures Creative mind maps for meetings


** BOIs help to shape, sculpt and construct Mind Maps enabling the mind to think in a naturally structured way. Using all the Mind Mapping techniques you have learnt so far, make your own complete Mind Map on the concept of happiness, and compare it with the one i in page 80. wt Afrttewxre - riA* vc

The developing brain

When does the human brain first learn to Mind Map 'When it is taught,' you might reply. The correct answer is, 'The moment (and perhaps before) it is born ' Consider the way a baby's brain develops, especially the way it learns language. One of the first words babies speak is 'Mama'. Why 'Mama' Because 'Mama' is the centre of the Mind Map From her radiate the main branches of love, food, warmth, protection, transport and education. Thus the baby instinctively Mind Maps internally, from the moment it is born and throughout its life, building from each radiant centre, growing branches and networks of association that eventually develop into its adult body of knowledge.

Group participation

Radiant Thinking

The first computer Mind Map Mind Maps Plus Mind Maps Plus Mind Maps Plus Mind Maps Plus Mind Maps Plus Mind Maps Plus top left Computer Mind Map Plus menu. top right Zoom view of Computer Mind Map. below left Computer Mind Map branch 'Plants' aggregated around itself as a centre. below right Computer Mind Map branch 'Favourite' on separate Mind Map. Map has been made especially large so that it can be observed easily by a small group sitting around a computer, much as would be typical of a standard management or design meeting. In this way, an entire group can contribute to the development process with one individual acting as the input agent. This procedure develops a common ownership in the computer Mind Map which can then be printed or copied for use by all members of the group. (See Creating the Master Mind Map, Chapter 24.)

Scale And Depth

The zoom capacity of computers allows Mind Maps of immense size (Mega Mind Maps) to be created. Eventually the size of the given computer screen would limit the amount of information that can be clearly seen, a problem which with manual Mind Maps would require either a redrawing of the Mind Map on an even larger sheet of paper or continuing on a separate sheet of paper. The computer alternative is a key feature, there being three options available for handling Mega Mind Maps. 1 With the new computer technology, Mind Maps can already be drawn on the screen to a depth of fourteen levels. At the more extended levels, some of the branches of greatest detail are more difficult to read. The computer solves this immediately with a zoom facility that enables you to enlarge any given viewing area. If even further detail is required, the zoom within a zoom can be invoked. This last facility allows you to view any detail of the Mind Map, while at the same time still maintaining on the screen the...

Video Tapes

Mind Mapping applications for today's business. The BBC's new technologically superb video-led course teaches you how to use Mind Maps to clarify your thinking and make better use of your mental resources. Includes one trainer workbook and participant workbooks. Additional participant workbooks are available in packs of 10. Comprehensive and flexible video training programme. 17 courses in one Applies Mind Mapping, memory and information management to all aspects of your business and training needs. Provides the skills identified as necessary for success in the 21st century.

Data organisation

One of the major benefits of the new Computer Mind Mapping is the facility to organise and reorganise your information. An integrated data organisation environment allows you to group files into directories, sub-directories and sub-sub-directories, etc., enabling you to locate easily and with instant retrieval capability items from any category. The Mind Map Plus allows you to create a text file linked to each and any branch of your Mind Map, and to merge these files into a single file suitable for word processing.