4 Why Do Mind Mapping? Very versatile process; wide range of uses Suitable for professional & personal situationsEach mind map is unique – reflects the thoughts of the creator (great for the memory)“What you think about – you bring about”
5 What You Can Do with Mind Mapping Presenter notes for lectures / presentationsNotes from texts / booksNotes from talks, presentations & discussionsProject managementKnowledge managementExam preparation
9 Tony Buzan (1942 - ) Former science reporter Late 1960s – need for efficient note takingRoger Sperry’s “split brain” researchResearched extraordinary people1970s BBC television series “Use Your Head”Author, speaker, consultantiMindMap software
10 Why Does Mind Mapping Work? “Brain friendly”“Pictorial Superiority Effect” = visual stimuli take precedence over other sensory stimuliReducing chunks of text, replace them with visualizations = better for your brainOur thinking = unpredictable, led by association & oriented towards key concepts
11 What Mind Mapping Can’t Do (other presentation methods are better suited) Linear information (for example, giving directions )Process presentations / process charts (the logic is different than Mind Maps)Mathematical expressions
12 Mind Mapping Formats Traditional (paper and pencils / markers) Most flexibleFits into most settings“muscle memory”Computer / Device softwareEasy to shareProfessional appearanceEasily updated
13 Let’s Get Mind Mapping What you’ll need: Perfection is not required A topic / issue / task / process to mind mapWhite paper (legal size is great!)Colored markers / pencils / pensImagination & Creativity
14 Let’s Get Mind Mapping Tips & Suggestions Always begin in the middle of your mind mapBranches always connect to the main idea or other levels of branches – use as many branches as needed (curved branches)Keywords instead of phrasesColors distinguish one branch from anotherPersonalize with drawings, symbols, etc.
15 Useful ResourcesTony Buzan has published widely (books, e-books, DVDs, etc.) on the topic of mind mappingMany of his students have also published on the subjectThere’s also great information available on YouTube (including interviews with Buzan)Official Tony Buzan sites: and
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