Mind Mapping for Dummies

ISBN-10: 1119969158

ISBN-13: 9781119969150

Edition: 2nd 2011

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Unlock your brain′s potential using mind mappingMind mapping is a popular technique that can be applied in a variety of situations and settings. Students can make sense of complex topics and structure their revision with mind mapping; business people can manage projects and collaborate with colleagues using mind maps, and any creative process can be supported by using a mind map to explore ideas and build upon them. Mind maps allow for greater creativity when recording ideas and information whatever the topic, and enable the note–taker to associate words with visual representations.Mind Mapping For Dummies explains how mind mapping works, why it′s so successful, and the many ways it can be used. It takes you through the wide range of approaches to mind mapping, looks at the available mind mapping software options, and investigates advanced mind mapping techniques for a range of purposes, including studying for exams, improving memory, project management, and maximizing creativity.Suitable for students of all ages and study levelsAn excellent resource for people working on creative projects who wish to use mind mapping to develop their ideasShows businesspeople how to maximize their efficiency, manage projects, and brainstorm effectivelyIf you′re a student, artist, writer, or businessperson, Mind Mapping For Dummies shows you how to unlock your brain′s potential.
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List price: $15.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of Mind Maps for Kids , How to Mind Map , The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps and The Power of Creative Intelligence . He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages. He also advises multi-national companies, governments, leading businesses, and international Olympic athletes.

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organised
Mind Mapping: The Swiss Army Knife for the Brain
Traditional Mind Mapping in Practice
Mind Mapping Software
Advanced Strategies for Mind Mapping
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Mind Mapping: The Swiss Army Knife for the Brain
Introducing Mind Mapping
Presenting Information Visually
Give it a try!
Taking the Mind Map a stage further
A little reflection please
A Simple Technique with Many Applications
'Cribs' for lectures and presentations
Taking notes from texts and books
Taking notes from presentations and discussions
Project management
Knowledge management
Pen and Paper or Computer?
Revising Mind Maps
Advanced Strategies Using Mind Mapping
Visualising Information
How and Why Visualisation Can Help You
Text as a form of visual information
Reducing complexity and presenting information in a different way
Two examples
Visualising Information as a Core Skill
What science has to say
The visualisation method used for Mind Mapping
Generating Mind Maps
The Basic Rules: Helping You to Use Mind Mapping Effectively
Branches - it's all connected
Keywords instead of phrases
The exception proves the rule
A Picture Says More Than a Thousand Words
Colours - not just pretty to look at
Your personal set of symbols
Boxes and clouds - highlighting what's important
Making arrow connections quite clear
Why Mind Mapping Works
Different Routes to Information
Pictures: Unique and unforgettable
A picture says more than a thousand words
How we think
Mind Mapping as a Brain-Friendly Technique
More Than Just the Sum of its Parts
The big picture and details
More information dimensions and greater information density
Traditional Mind Mapping in Practice
Preparing Talks and Lectures Using Mind Maps
Freedom and Flexibility with Mind Maps at All Times
Preparing Lectures: Step by Step
Step 1: Marshalling your initial thoughts
Step 2: Determining the main themes
Step 3: Adding detail
Step 4: Testing the Mind Map
And Now for an Example
Handling Text with Mind Mapping
Converting Text and Sentences into a Mind Map
Example: Motivation
Example: Email guideline
Interlude: Scientific Definitions as a Mind Map
Processing Whole Books with Mind Mapping
The best way of dealing with the text
Note-Taking in Talks, Lectures and Meetings
Block Text or Mind Map
Characteristics of talks, lectures and meetings
Give It a try!
Colour and symbol codes
Informative Conversations
Just Write It Out - Using Your Wandering Thoughts
Mind Mapping = in - out to the power of ten
Mind Mapping Software
Software versus Traditional Mind Mapping
Software versus Pen and Paper - The Main Differences
The advantages of Mind-Mapping software over pen and paper
Mind-Mapping Software = Mind Mapping Reloaded
Taking a Tour of Mind-Mapping Software
Suggested Programs - Genuine Mind Mapping
Overview of Desktop Programs
Aviz Thoughtmapper
Concept Draw MindMap
freemind - really free
iMindMap - from the inventor of Mind Mapping
Inspiration - recommended for schools
Mindjet Mind Manager - the market leader
MindVisualizer - particularly simple
Matchware MindView 3
XMind - the basic version is free
Web-Based Mind-Mapping Programs
Mind42 - simple and free of charge
Comparing Software Packages
Introducing Mindjet MindManager
The Basics: Finding Your Way Around
Important control keys
Keeping it neat and tidy: Formatting options
Quick notes within branches
Hyperlinks - Integrating More Information into a Mind Map
Inserting hyperlinks - how it works
Less Is More: Filter Functions
Simple but useful: Fading branches in and out
Power filter: Filtering by specific criteria
Project Management with GANTT Diagrams
Adding task information to branches
Exporting and Processing
Sharing your Mind Map
Mindjet Player - interactive pdf document
pdf - easy and practical
Image files for integration into other documents
Pack&Go - and all the links work
Word - presenting a Mind Map as a linear document
PowerPoint - from branches to bullet points
Presentation Mode: From Mind Map to Presentation in a Single Click
Exploring Think Buzan's iMindMap
Basic Use - Finding Your Way Around
Three kinds of branch
Two Input Methods: Mind Mapping and Speed Mind Mapping
Speed Mind Mapping - how it works
Formatting with iMindMap
SmartLayout: From linear to radial Mind Maps
Project-management mode: GANTT view
Project Management with iMindMap, Step by Step
Step 1: Select the branches concerned
Step 2: Inputting task details
Step 3: Adjusting views
Presenting the Mind Map
Really quite presentable: Presentation mode
An alternative: Exporting as a PowerPoint presentation
Advanced Strategies for Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping Reading Techniques
Appreciating the Fine Art of Preparation
Step 1: Skimming the text
Step 2: Recalling background knowledge
Step 3: Setting questions and aims
Honing the Reading Process
Step 1: Skim reading
Step 2: Preview
Step 3: Immersion
Step 4: Difficult passages
For Advanced Students: Generating a Mind Map from Different Sources
Learning and Preparing for Exams with Mind Mapping
Preparing for Exams
Step 1: Taking Mind-Mapping notes
Generating special Study Mind Maps
Step 2: Entering your own thoughts
Step 3: Revising regularly
Step 4: Explaining it to others
Especially for Students: Generating Study Mind Maps from Different Sources
Project Management with Mind Mapping
'One Page Management': Everything on a Single Page
Software is Sensible
Projects You Can Plan and Control with Mind Maps
Structuring projects with Mind Mapping
Further Examples of Mind Mapping in Project Management
Planning a business trip
Managing distance learning
Knowledge Management with Mind Mapping
Keeping Your Eye on the Ball
Assembling Digital Information in a Mind Map
Example: Personal start centre
Multi-Level Mind Maps
Managing scientific work with Mind Maps
More Ways of Using and Applying Mind Maps
Mind Mapping for Creativity
The 4P Creativity Model
Creativity yields results
It's a personal thing
Modelling the creative process
Principles of creativity - two-stage thinking
Example: Publishing an eye-catching book
Mind Mapping as a Support in the Creative Process
Me on my own (no groups)
Using Mind Mapping in the second stage
Developing and Ordering Ideas with MindManager: A Step-by-Step Approach
Step 1: Formulating an issue
Step 2: Inputting ideas
Step 3: Evaluating ideas
Step 4: Structuring ideas
The Part of Tens
Ten Tips for Working Efficiently with Mind Mapping
Using the Right Paper
Having the Right Equipment Ready
Using the One-Word Rule
Working with Symbols
Perfection Not Required!
Writing in Block Capitals
On Paper: Organic Mind Maps
Writing in Reading Order
Developing Mind Maps Outwards and Not Writing Vertically
Storing Your Mind Maps
Filing away hand-drawn Mind Maps
Generating master copies
Using tablet PCs
(Almost) Ten Tips on How to Make Mind Mapping Your Everyday Working Tool
Practise, Practise and Practise Again!
Start Small and Take It From There
Trying It in Non-Critical Situations
Don't Make Mixed Notes
Having Materials Always to Hand
Making Mind Maps Visually Appealing
Have Fun!
Drawing Maps by Hand and with Software
Choosing Your Software
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