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    PDF | Buzan mind mapping is an efficient system of note-taking that makes revision a fun Making notes on a book helps the student to focus on the . Tony Buzan's model concept map is also included in the type of network tree concept map. Learn how to mind map with Tony Buzan who wrote dozens of books on the topic When you like to learn “How To Mind Map Tony Buzan Style”, you can of . Learn How To Mind Map By Tony Buzan, and receive a Free mind mapping PDF. Mind maps are tools which help you think and learn. This workshop from the work of Tony Buzan and others who have promoted Mind Map Book. New York .

    How to use radiant thinking to maximize your brain's untapped potential Your brain is a super bio-computer that dwarfs any machine on the market. If you understand how it works and how to work with it, you can employ and enjoy astonishing powers of learning, memory, concentration, and creativity in planning and structuring thought on all levels. Now, in The Mind Map Book, Tony and Barry Buzan have provided a comprehensive operating manual for all who want to use their brains to their fullest potential. Mind Mapping and Radiant Thinking, the revolutionary new method of accessing heretofore untapped intelligences, was developed by world-famous brain-power expert Tony Buzan by analyzing original breakthrough scientific insights into the workings of the brain. It is a process currently used with extraordinary success by multinational corporations, leading universities, champion athletes, and outstanding artists. The Mind Map Book is the only book that both explains the fundamental operation of the brain in terms of its thinking processes and explains how to unleash and harness its power.

    So far, I've been quite positive in my review. But the book has a few problems. The most obvious is the final chapter, which reads like a sales brochure for the mind mapping software company that Buzan owns. To me, it would have made a better case if Buzan had included a slight touch of critical thinking; digitalizing mind maps must involve some trade-offs and that discussion is sadly absent in the book.

    Further, the organization of the book is disappointing. For someone preaching the importance of involving multiple senses in a learning experience, it's surprising that the book has such a traditional layout. I mean, take a look at the Head First concept. That's brilliant and engaging. Putting rules in a PowerPoint-style bullet-list is not. On the plus side, Buzan includes several truly beautiful mind maps. To get high marks in any subjects, including science, students need to be diligent and hardworking by having to read and memorize the notes given by their teachers or from their textbooks.

    However, a thick textbook that contains hundreds or thousands of science keywords can kill the spirit of students interested in science. Mind Map, developed by Tony Buzan is an effective method to make notes and useful for generating ideas by relevance. To build a mind map, one must start in the middle of a page as the main title.

    Then it branches out in all directions to produce a growing and organized structure containing the keywords and key images.

    Please, click the mind map below to have a closer look. Keyword and key image Reading the mind map is aided by the lettered and numbered labels on each branch so that the reading is in proper order and sequence. This is to ensure that the understanding of the facts are in accordance with the flow of the reading. Note also that attractive color pictures related to the facts are placed adjacent to the keywords in order to strengthen the memory for the facts. Labels in form of letters and numbers with pictures You should have noticed that by observing the mind map as a whole, you have already been able to easily transfer the information into your mind.

    Please watch the video below from Tony Buzan, the Mind Map creator. No one ever can do or will do. What then, is the correct formula? Let's explore. Below you will find a graph which plots success rate versus the number of learning trials try-als over time.

    Sweeping up from the zero-point is a typical average learning curve. This is the Holy Grail of learning that 99 percent of the world's population tries to emulate. The very fact that this is an average curve. An average curve is the summated norm of all the individual curves. However, each individual curve is precisely that - individual and unique.

    It will have its own special pattern, and will tend to look very little like the curve in this graph. Let's see what really happens. Let's imagine that you start learning something at which you are quite confident. You start learning and discover you are reasonably competent.

    You try and try, passing trial number 25, continue trying and trying up through trial 27, and you are still doing better than average - ahead of the curve.

    On trial 27 you have a minor, minor setback, but you are tough- minded so you can handle that. On and on you try, progressing and progressing through trial Trial 96 is represented by the giant black hole in the graph below. This is the kind of situation where you have completely blown a vital examination, have a quintuple bogie on the final hole of a golf tournament you were winning, get knocked out in the first round, totally mess up a relationship you treasured, and break all your New Year's resolutions in one go!

    Does everybody have such 'failures? Does everyone have more than one such failure in their life? Of course they do. Does everyone at some time make the same mistake twice? Of course they do! Verbal Responses to Failure Most people's verbal responses to these 'failure' situations are identical.

    They are of two major classes. These reactions to 'failure' are globally pervasive. They also are the expression of deep-felt emotions that surround the experience of failure. It is these reactions that reinforce the wrong Mind Map patterns in your head. Failure - the Global Reactions Eight of the most common reaction-to-failure words I have heard are listed below. They are unremittingly negative.

    If we examine them, we will see that they provide even more invidious poison to your thinking system than might have at first seemed apparent: This means that failure takes your grace away. Remember, 1 feeling so, you make it so. Not only your grace, but your dignity is also removed. Made less, smaller, and weaker than you were.

    Full of shame. This affirmation leaves no room for anything else. Your illusion, your vision, has been taken away. Your ability has been similarly removed. Your courage has been sucked out, leaving you timid and afraid. Your motivation is your life force; the energy that enables you to act. And what is the underlying fear? The fear of failure - the fear of failure at school; the fear of failure in love; the fear of failure at work; the fear of failure in life; and the fear of life itself!

    This fear is the main cause of stress. And stress is the cause of a staggering 80 percent of disease. Faced with such negativity and the actual pain of failure, is it logical for our learning friend to quit? In the context of a learning goal which says that you must get better with every trial, what is the point of carrying on when you have tried 95 times, only to fail abysmally at the 96th hurdle?

    Individuals in this situation often will give up, and will search for some other area of activity where they can pursue the goal of 'getting better with every trial' more successfully. At some point they will inevitably hit the big black hole of failure in this area as well, and will conclude that this activity is not for them either. And on and on they will go, searching for an impossible dream. The dream is impossible because the human brain is not designed to get better with every trial!

    The brain is designed on a far more realistic, experimental, explorative and exciting model: TEFCAS is an acronym made up of the first letters of the six major words that define the fundamental steps your brain has to take while learning anything.

    It is establishing successful new Mind Map thought patterns, i. It traces, step-by-step, what steps your brain is obliged to take while learning in the physical universe; the laws of which it must both follow and use to its advantage.

    The Scientific Method for thinking is the method for improving your internal Mind Map thought structures - it is the basis of all the great discoveries in science, and is very similar to normal child's play! In the Scientific Method you start with a question or hypothesis. Through a series of investigations you observe the feedback you receive from your actions.

    You then check the results against the original question or hypothesis, and conclusions are drawn which either confirm or contradict the hypothesis, or satisfy or do not satisfy the question.

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    Your learning progress is marked by your number of try-als. When you are learning to juggle you must first throw the ball; when you are learning to dance you must take the first step; when you are learning mathematics you must attempt to derive a new formula; when you are learning to write you must make the first mark. When you have tried, there will inevitably be an: E- EVENT In juggling, the event may be that the ball lands on the floor, or lands on your head, or lands in your hand, or lands in your colleague's coffee cup!

    The universe does not really care. If you try there will always be an event. This event will inevitably give you: This is one reason why it is so important to have a healthy mind in a healthy body - so that your senses can provide you with more and more pure information.

    Your brain will absorb this feedback on both the conscious and para-conscious levels. In the juggling example this will include the sight, sound and feeling of the juggling balls. It may also include feedback from your colleague if your ball lands in his or her coffee cup! With all this feedback pouring in, your brain will: Continuing with the juggling example: Having done this your brain will: A -ADJUST You will compare your performance against your goal, and make what you consider to be appropriate realignments for the next trial.

    While considering the element of adjustment, you should always consider the underlying goal. No matter what you are learning, the vision toward which you are aiming your efforts is one of: From tasks as simple as making yourself a cup of tea, to the far more complex and large life-goals, success is the main beacon. There is, however, a prime danger. The danger lies in the nature of your goal. If I have a negative goal - such as kicking you, or in some other way harming you - 1 still wish to be successful.

    In this case my warped view of success will probably lead to a feedback situation that is not to my advantage! This is an exact reflection of Meta-Positive Thinking more on this in the next chapter. There is always more failure than success in a thriving economy? This is because all success is the result of failure - before you succeed you need to try again and again until you get it right.

    If as a child you had given up learning how to walk each time you tried and then failed to walk, you'd still be sitting on your butt! Success is of course the ideal outcome of a trial but it is impossible to find success without a process of learning from each failure. Society is able to make progress because we fail and fail again - and then succeed. Each success contributes to the overall intellectual capital of a society.

    This is why a society that encourages failure by default encourages success. The greatest obstacle to progress and success is a fear of failure. Any system or person that punishes failure discourages the people connected to it from making new attempts. Ironically, the person who so fears failure that they dare not fail will end up being a failure. According to Dr Adrian Atkinson, a business psychologist and the managing director of Human Factors International, most entrepreneurs fail an average of five times before they are finally successful.

    He also observes that entrepreneurs regard failure as key learning experiences that lead them to success. Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, loves innovation, is an inspirational leader, and has built up an enviable corporate culture which often sees Microsoft scoring high in surveys dedicated to revealing the best and most productive workplaces around the world.

    What has driven Microsoft's success over the years is an inherent ability to look at a piece of software through objective eyes and recognize its failings as well as its strengths.

    Bill Gates, addressing an audience in the US when launching Microsoft's latest software innovations, referred to a past challenge which faced the company and how Microsoft dealt with it: No doubt that first version was a little clunky, a little bit too much of a technologist's dream.

    We listened hard. People asked us to change it, and we drove it forward. Gates' attitude to the flaws in his software and his ongoing drive to 'check' and 'adjust' help explain why Gates is such an inspirational - and successful - person. Protest and disruption became familiar themes at ensuing conferences in following years, though not on such a wide scale. In November Mexico was to host the annual conference in Cancun. Protesters promised disruption on a grander scale than Seattle.

    The Mexican government and military, in conjunction with the Mexican security company Vitalis, decided to Mind Map all the possible disruption that could take place during the conference week.

    They looked at everything that had 'failed' at previous conferences, especially in Seattle, and analysed what they would need to 'adjust'. Some 8, tasks were identified and brought together in a meta-Mind Map. They then Mind Mapped all the possible areas of conflict and the ways in which they could be contained peacefully.

    After this, they Mind Mapped the intentions and plans of the anti-globalization protesters, and contacted their organizations. They shared with them these Mind Maps in order to break down the 'them and us' barriers.

    Rather than have the protesters disrupt the residents of Cancun, the Mexican authorities promised them accommodation and interview time with the media to communicate their case. What do you think happened next?

    The event took place without a single act of violence of one person against another The leaders of the anti-globalization movement expressed their appreciation at what the organizers of the conference did for them There was a high level of cooperation between two traditionally opposing factions A page document based on how Mind Maps played a key role in the planning and implementation of the event was drawn up.

    This document is now used as an operations manual and blueprint for how to manage other major international events facing a similar threat of violence Mind Maps in combination with the principles of the TEFCAS model are a powerful mechanism for success.

    The success principle is the culmination of TEFCAS and is your brain's survival-based fundamental mechanism for building successful Mind Map patterns of thought as you progress and succeed through life.

    The Principle of Success Brain principle 3 - your brain is a success mechanism As discussed in Chapter Two, your brain operates synergetically and learns and grows through repetition. A third important principle for you to understand is that your brain is a success mechanism. In the last few decades of the 20th-century psychologists and thinkers described the brain as a trial and error mechanism. This phrase was meant to explain that the brain learned primarily by experimentation, but it contained within it a dangerous Meta-Negative Thought - the brain was error- directed.

    If the brain were, as the phrase implies, a trial and error mechanism, you would have been born, and tried: The truth of the matter is that you were born and you tried: Check the Feedback and immediately Adjust! Redirect the goals toward the Success of survival!

    Your life has been a constant tale of success against the most incredible odds. You are, in every sense of the words, a success story! To check the emotional and meta-thinking accuracy of these findings, repeat to yourself for about a minute: And what effect does it begin to have on your emotions, body, and poise? Now repeat the affirmation 'I am a success mechanism,' 'I am a success mechanism,' 'I am a success mechanism. Your brain is a success mechanism When you are successful your body and all your senses open.

    You are designed for success! The Prime Learning Goal - the Correct Formula In view of all of the above, let's look again at the world's most popular goal: Can you now find the fault in this affirmation?

    It has one fatal flaw: As you now know, it is impossible in the physical universe to learn anything without experimenting. When you experiment you take risks. And when you take risks, at some stage you are inevitably going to make mistakes! By setting the goal of getting better with every trial, individuals have doomed themselves to inevitable failure.

    There must be another way. If we can't 'get better' with every trial, what must the new goal be? A man 's errors are his portals of discovery. No, it is not! What is it?

    It is simply another event. Do such events inevitably happen? Yes they do. Are they part of the learning process? Yes they are. These events are part of the natural learning processes of your brain, and they are inevitably going to occur.

    Should we fear them? Obviously not. When they do occur should we swear, rant, rave, and get ourselves into a Meta-Negative Thinking spiral?

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    Again, obviously not. We suddenly enter a Paradigm Shift in thinking about learning where we realize that the entire global reaction to failure, and all the fear, stress, and disease associated with it, are all the product of thought, thought based on a slightly incorrect formula about how the brain should set its goals, and how it should therefore be taught to learn. Rather than falling into despondency, we adjust our verbal response from expletives to the more helpful and positive 'How fascinating!

    Many people report that, some time after a major Big Black Hole, they realize that it was this Event that gave them major new insights and strengths. Has it been the same with you? Adjust toward our positive goal of Success and try again. If, however, you persist, you will, also inevitably, suddenly experience the opposite of the Big Black Hole: However, even Success holds its own dangers. Some love this triumph so much that they are afraid to try again, for fear that they will never return to such giddy heights.

    Some set their goals too low and too much in the short term, and suddenly, to their despair, find that they have nowhere left to go. He was interviewed after the race, and exclaimed ecstatically: It's fantastic! I've always wanted to be in the Olympic final! It's my dream come true! What do you think happened to him in the final? Because his brain and body had already done what he had instructed them to do - get him to the Olympic final.

    The goal was already reached. Once he was in the final it didn't matter what he did - he could have walked - because he was there. In the final, you could see that all his motivation had gone. Celebrate, obviously, and then, as you did with every other Trial, say 'How fascinating! When you continue to apply the Success Formula and persist in your Trying, you will inevitably create more and more Successes. Think about the process you went through - this could be the way in which you planned or adjustments that you made to your plan as you put it into action - before you arrived at your successful outcome.

    Did you realize that you needed to make a few adjustments to your action plan before you could achieve your goal? What was it? Really investigate what you could see was working and what you thought needed improvement. It will also help you to identify the elements of your success that led to your achieving your goal. This means that you can use them to help you succeed next time and the next and the next.

    But what about if you haven't had the outcome you wanted?

    The principle of persistence is designed to help you establish permanent, stronger, and bigger internal Mind Map patterns of thought. Those who display persistence are often labelled 'stubborn', 'inflexible', and any one of the various 'headeds': Not only is this not the case, the very opposite is true.

    Persistence is, in fact, the engine of learning and intelligence when it comes to your Mind Maps of thought. It is the engine of all creative effort, and of all genius. Try, try, try and try again! E F C A S The importance of Persistence was summed up best by the most productive creative mind of the last years, Thomas Edison, who holds the record for the largest number of individual patents registered see Quantity Creates Quality.

    As well as being famous for his invention of the light bulb among many other things , Edison is equally renowned for his famous quotation about genius: It is the Persistence of regular practice, both on and off the water, which is the 'secret formula' that leads to the Olympic Gold.

    Perhaps one of the greatest ever examples of Persistence, into a training discipline and ritual that produced one of the greatest body and mind performances in history, is that of Sir Steve Redgrave, CBE.

    Redgrave achieved the almost unbelievable feat of winning gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games, in one of the toughest of all sports - rowing. His outstanding achievements represented 20 years of extraordinary commitment to a vision of excellence and to a training ritual of unparalleled intensity.

    Mind Map Exercise: On your 'TRIAL' branch, add sub-branches about what it was you were trying to achieve your goal - and what it was that you actually tried. What happened? What went wrong? What went plan? If at this point you gave up it could be that you didn't assess what went wrong. Now you need to. Did you plan the event thoroughly? Were you properly informed? Did you ask other people involved for ideas about why things didn't go to plan? What did they say?

    Feedback is a vital stage of learning and you need to be as objective about it as possible to ensure success in the future. What lessons did you learn from the feedback you got? Did you need to brush up on some skills? Did you need to plan better? Should you have had a back-up plan to respond more flexibly to the outcome?

    Would you need to train more to be fitter on the day? Will you spend more time learning your material or planning the event? What are you going to do next time to avoid the pitfalls from the first time you tried?

    What will you have achieved when you succeed next time?

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    How will you feel about yourself when you do? What will you have learned? They will help you objectively to assess what is working and what is not, to learn from your 'events,' and to plan for your next success. Keep referring back to it to help you assess where you are on your road to success, and draw your own Mind Maps of the situation in hand to brainstorm your strategy. In Chapter Two we looked at the key learning principles of synergy and repetition and in this chapter we have investigated the principles of success and persistence through the TEFCAS model.

    We have also seen that Mind Maps are an extremely brain- friendly tool that encourage synergetic thinking and make it easy for us to plan for and analyse our successes. The next chapter puts into action this new awareness of our brain and its amazing innate capacity for success.

    It will show you how to use Mind Maps to unlock the power of your brain and fulfil your true potential. People write the software. People design the products. People start the new businesses. Every new thinking that gives us pleasure or productivity or convenience, be it an iPod or the tweaks that make a chemical plant more efficient, is the result of human ingenuity. What does it take to come up with the best ideas?

    A Mind Map is the ultimate creative-thinking tool - it acts as a gymnasium for your creativity. In this chapter we will explore the essences of creative thinking on which Mind Maps are based. You are inherently creative and if you don't believe this it is probably because the way you were educated or conditioned has made it difficult for you to tap into this ability. How creative you are plays a vital role in your capacity to come up with new ideas, to solve problems in original ways, and to stand head and shoulders above the crowd in terms of imagination, behaviour, and productivity.

    If you can fully unlock your innate creativity you will understand that your potential to achieve and succeed is limitless. So what exactly is creativity? Creativity is your ability to think in new ways - to be original. Creative thinking includes: Fluency - the speed and ease with which you can 'rattle off new and creative ideas.

    Flexibility - your ability to see things from different angles, to consider things from the opposite point of view, to take old concepts and rearrange them in new ways, and to reverse pre-existing ideas.

    It also includes your ability to use all your senses in the creation of new ideas. Originality - this is at the heart of all creative thinking, and represents your ability to produce ideas that are unique, unusual, and 'eccentric', literally 'away from the centre'.

    Although many people think such a person is 'uncontrolled', exactly the opposite is true: To be original you need to get away from the norm. Normal means average - it is a level of thinking to which your brain has become accustomed; that which gives you no surprises; that which remains the same; that which no longer shocks, startles, surprises or provokes you; that which does not stretch your imagination.

    To create means virtually the opposite: He patented over 1, different inventions in his lifetime! Thomas Edison - creative genius extraordinaire Expanding on ideas - the creative thinker is able to build on, develop, embroider, embellish, and generally elaborate and expand upon ideas. To liberate your creative potential you need to foster a thinking environment for your brain that liberates its synergetic way of thinking.

    As you will recall from Chapter Two, your brain does not think linearly or sequentially like a computer, but radiantly and explosively as shown in the diagram below. Left Brain Right Brain Words Rhythm Logic Spatial awareness Numbers Gestalt whole picture Sequence Imagination Linearity Daydreaming Analysis Colour Lists Dimension Education systems tend to focus on left-brain skills and place less emphasis on right-brain skills, which immediately impacts on our capacity to think creatively.

    If your academic background has developed your verbal, mathematical, and analytical abilities but neglected skills such as drawing, painting, and music - or vice versa - the chances are you are only tapping in to a fraction of your creative capabilities.

    What do you get when you combine the left and right skills of the brain? A Mind Map! A Mind Map includes each aspect of the left and right cortexes and is therefore a suberb whole- brained thinking tool. Creativity is a 'by definition' awareness: If Alexander the Great had fought his battles in the way that all the people before had fought them, he would neither have survived nor would we have ever heard of him.

    If Beethoven had composed music in exactly the same style as Haydn, he would now be noted as a minor composer, not a giant among giants. If Elizabeth I of England had accepted the normal restrictions society placed upon women at that time, she would never have become one of the greatest rulers England has ever seen.

    If Picasso had painted only like van Gogh, he would have been considered simply as a copyist and irrelevant to the history of art, rather than a towering presence in the pantheon of artistic genius. If the greatest athlete of the 20th century, Muhammed Ali, had boxed like the average boxer, he would, literally, have been knocked out of our consciousness! Mind Maps are the one tool you can rely on to help you think expansively, to think creatively.

    Whenever you need to come up with an idea, to plan something with ingenuity, or to unlock your imagination, get out a blank piece of paper and Mind Map your thoughts. In developing his Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin had a vast task in front of him: How did he do this? With basic Mind Maps! Darwin devised a basic Mind Map form of notes, which was very much like a branching tree. Darwin used these basic Mind Map forms as the only effective way to help him collect masses of data, to organize it, to see the relationships between the various items, and to create new awarenesses from it.

    It is reported that within 15 months of drawing his first tree 'Mind Map' diagram, Darwin had worked out all the major components of the Theory of Evolution. Illustration of Darwin's note-taking method Creativity Test Give yourself exactly two minutes to write down, as fast as you can, in list form, every single use you can think of for a coat-hanger. Then divide the number by two to calculate your number-of-uses-per-minute score.

    Global Average Results The average-number-of-uses-for-a-coat-hanger-per-minute scores range from 0 and this is with some effort!

    If people are given as long as they want to think up as many uses as they can for a coat-hanger, the average score is uses. Recalling all that you have learned so far about your wonderful, amazing brain, doesn't something here strike you as a little odd? Imagine that you are a salesperson, who is trying to convince a customer to 'download brains'.

    You go through all your sales patter - you tell them that you have the most amazing product in the universe. You explain that each brain is a super-bio-computer and each has a million million super- bio-computer microchips. You point out that the number of patterns of intelligence your company's brains can make is the number one followed by ten-and-a-half million kilometres of zeros. You go on to mention that these particular brains can remember virtually anything as long as they use special memory techniques, showing off their ability to link any object with any other object.

    You throw in that your superb product can think, speak multiple languages, solve mathematical problems, see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and operate its associated body magnificently. Finally you reach the climax of your presentation, and inform the customer that this amazing product can think of four or five uses for a coat- hanger in a minute, and about 25 in a lifetime! Sale closed?! When you have chosen it, jot down the criteria that made you choose it.

    You chose it because it was the most. Now check the following list of words and mark the ones you think best define an idea that is creative: If you come up with the idea that you could use a coat-hanger to hang coats on, no one is going to beat a path to your door!

    However, if you thought of using it to form sculptures, or to make a musical instrument, people will be far more interested not only in your ideas, but in you too. If you think about it, the great geniuses, by definition, had to be 'removed from the norm'. If Stravinsky had written music like all those before him, we would never have heard of him Similarly if Picasso had painted like his predecessors, instead of in his astoundingly original style, we also would never have known of him.

    That same rigidly taught mind will also assume that the coat-hanger is of a standard size and is made of the standard material. And norm-al thinking is average. Remember, the very word 'normal' was born from the statistical 'norm'. What is the Creativity Test trying to measure?

    Thoughts that are original, away from the norm. The mentally literate, and therefore more flexibly taught, brain will see far more opportunities for creative interpretations of the question, and therefore will generate both more ideas, and ideas of higher quality. The mentally literate and creative mind will expand the meaning of the word 'uses' to include the phrase 'connections with'.

    It will also realize immediately that the coat- hanger could be of any size, made of any material, and be transformed into any shape. The creative genius will therefore break all the ordinary boundaries, and will include in the list of uses, many 'far out' applications, such as 'melting a five-ton metal coat-hanger and pouring it into a giant mold to make the hull of a boat'.

    As you can see, the mentally literate, creative individual is naturally tapping in to the brain's basic physical capacity to make one-followed-by-ten-and-a-half-million-kilometres-of-zeros-worth of associations. A mere 2, or so uses for any standard object, to such a mind, is only the start!

    The Creative Mind Map - the Ultimate Creative -Thinking Tool From what you know about the brain's synergetic thinking, about its infinitely associative physical pathways, and about its creative capacity to form links and associations in all directions, you will realize that linear note-taking and list-making is the worst way you can choose to encourage your brain's creativity!

    Lines and lists put your brain behind prison bars that methodically disconnect and cut off each thought from every other thought. It is like taking a pair of scissors and snipping the connections between your brain cells. Mind Maps are a creative -thinking tool that reflect your brain's natural way of functioning. They allow it to use all its images and associations in the explosive and networking way to which it was born, which internally it always uses, and to which you need to allow it to become re -accustomed.

    Mind Map creativity game To test for yourself that this concept is true - that your own and anyone else's creative thinking can be taught and improved - try the following new Creativity Test, this time using a Mind Map. Brainstorming with a Mind Map will help you explore associations and images - both of which are fundamental building blocks of Mind Maps.

    Remember, think out of the box, think originally. Listed below are 30 randomly generated words. You could of course play this game with your friends, as more minds means more ideas. Some of these may seem difficult at first, but if you persevere and look for wider and wilder interpretations, you will find an association.

    Really let your imagination run riot on your Mind Maps! At the end of the list you will find examples thought up by my students, friends and myself. If you come up with ideas that are more 'far out' than ours, give yourself some extra congratulations!

    Enjoy the journey into your newly creative imagination! Golf baU 2. Snow 3. Lock 4. Muscle 5. Mussel 6. Music 7. Circus 8. Back 9. Plant Flag Shoe Potato Pipe Pen Solar system Knife Money Clock Ice

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