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.

This avoids the all-too-common problem of good or brilliant ideas being discarded, or never emerging, because the traditional methods of structuring meetings and recording minutes counteract the growth of natural group communication.

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 previous page: Natural Architecture Plate 27 248 -

events including the World Draughts (Checkers) Championships, the World Memory Championships, various Chess Championships, the launching of books and a massive Mental Olympic Games.

Location, finance and marketing were all considered in depth. As a result of the meeting six new Mind Sports events were established.

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 through this informational prejudice, gives a more objective and integrated view which allows everyone to be heard and encourages balanced participation and increased teamwork.

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