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.

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Mind Map by Lady Mary Tovey of a meeting (see page 248).

Lady Mary Tovey

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 charity. The central image wittily depicted the central theme of the meeting, and the Mind Map itself covered the equivalent of eight pages of standard minutes. The particularly useful technique that Lady Mary used on the Mind Map was the recording of the positions of the people at the board table throughout the meeting - an extra and very helpful mnemonic aid.

The Mind Map on page 251 is another example of a multi-lingual Mind Map incorporating Japanese and English. The Mind Map was done by a senior executive of IBM Japan and was made as an on-going record of meetings both professional and social over a three-day period in Barcelona, Spain. This Mind Map also served as the basis for a presentation upon the return of the executive to his local business centre in Japan.

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