The Principles Of Mind Mapping
PRINCIPLES OF Mind Mapping: Over the course of your life, your brain works really hard to store data.
It's a bit like a giant filing cabinet with every fact you've ever learned stored away somewhere in the deepest darkest recesses of your memory.
Furthermore, the older we get, and the more technology advances, the more complex this information store becomes.
I am sure we are all familiar with the feeling that information has "gone in one ear and out of the other"! In truth, the information in question
has gone nowhere, but it just feels this way because we have difficulty locating it when we need it most.
This is where the technique of "Mapping" is invaluable. Mind Mapping helps us to unlock valuable information whenever we need it, clarify
the information into sensible and relevant thought patterns, and quickly see the "wood for the trees".
To begin to understand how Mapping works, consider the 2 examples below:
Imagine you need to summarise a large book or hefty document. You will have been told in school to highlight the keywords with a pen. The reason
this technique works is that whilst it is impossible to recall an entire book or document when you need it, it is indeed possible if you can remember
these keywords, since the keywords will then enable you to remember the rest of the information.
The keywords don't mean much on their own but when you connect, order and associate them they form a comprehensive summary. Equally as
important, highlighting the keywords allows you to eliminate information which is less important i.e. sort the "wheat from the chaff". The
secret, then, is in choosing the right keywords! N.B. The keyword technique for remembering large amounts of data only works if you use individual
words rather than entire sentences.
Using keywords multiples the number of links and connections you can make to other words, and hence the amount of information you can
remember, since words are specific, whereas sentences are general.
If you have an important presentation to do, it is likely you will write out your speech on memory cards. You do this by writing one or more keywords
on each card. Once again, the keywords won't mean much on their own, but once you put the cards in the right order, and your brain connects the
words, they form a comprehensive and effective presentation.
So…with the right keywords written down on the memory cards, in the right order, you will have no problem remembering your entire
presentation, since the keywords stimulate the surrounding information. Furthermore, your presentation will be delivered in a natural and unstilted way,
since it will be "in your own words", and not read from a script.
The secret, once again, is in choosing the right keywords! N.B. The keyword technique for remembering large amounts of data only works if you use
individual words rather than entire sentences. Using keywords multiples the number of links and connections you can make to other words, and hence
the amount of information you can remember, since words are specific, whereas sentences are general. Mind Mapping, then, is keyword
Since your brain stores information through keywords and their linkages to other information, it is the keywords which are "key" to
unlocking the information you need, quickly and effectively.
You were undoubtedly taught this "keyword" technique at school, in the hope that it would help you to learn vast amounts of information
quickly, but the same technique is equally important in the workplace, since it allows us to access our knowledge and experience quickly and
Mind Mapping stimulates the memory, and helps you to access the large store of information in your brain. It allows you to develop a visual picture of
the information you need, and exactly as the brain would store it, so that your work become seamless - from random, scattered thoughts straight
through to results!
But Mind Mapping doesn't only allow you to access the vast store of information you already have available to you in your brain. Even better, it allows
you to come up with new creative ideas and breakthrough solutions.
This occurs because once you have a visual picture of your thinking laid out in front of you, you can suddenly see new connections which might never
have occurred to you before.
It is the ability to link together keywords in new ways which leads to innovation and "out of the box" solutions. Once again, it is the
keywords which are "key", but this time, the secret is in which keywords are linked to which, and in which new and unique ways. In
oMind Mapping helps you gather your thoughts and think creatively even if you do not consider yourself to be a creative person.
oMind Mapping means an end to procrastination and wondering where to start, since you just start with the title of your task or project.
o Mind Mapping clarifies your thought process.
o Mind Mapping allows you to see both the "big picture" and the "detail", both at the same time. oMind Mapping leads to
breakthrough solutions. o Mind Mapping allows you to access information you never thought you had i.e. know what you never thought you
o Imagine the competitive advantage to be gained by using Mind Mapping for every single task or project which life throws at you, be it personal,
educational or work-related!!
o Use Mapping for anything from note taking to preparing communications, information gathering, learning, people management, problem solving,
planning and strategic thinking.
o Use it to become more productive, efficient, capable and better at planning, time management and communication.
You will be astounded at how much more effective and productive you become. As you might imagine, an entire team or organization using the Mind
Mapping technique will further multiply the benefits. It will also have a knock-on effect in terms of staff motivation.
Where to from here?
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To your Mind Mapping success!
Paul Urban, CEO
"Explode Your Productivity & Profits Through Smarter Planning"
About the Author
Paul Urban has been a leading expert in the Mind Mapping Field for a number of years and has provided training to over 100 companies Globally