Mind Mapping: Brain on Paper

I love to use mind mapping. It’s fun, easy, and a wonderful way to add a bit of creativity to everything we do.
Earlier this year, I interviewed a woman named Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping, for my weekly television program, Michigan Entrepreneur. We had a great time. She’s been teaching mind mapping to corporations and individuals for years, helping people to become more productive, while at the same time helping them to express their creative side.
She showed us various mind mapping techniques and we spent part of one show and an entire additional show having fun creating them on a variety of topics.
I use mind mapping all the time, whether I’m taking notes or studying for an exam at college. I even use it to develop my annual business plan. I especially like to use large pages of easel paper (the type we buy our kids) and thick colorful markers.
Nowadays there are a lot of free and fee mind mapping tools available online. Recently, Sean Aune of Mashable compiled a list of over 30+ Mind Mapping resources. It’s definitely worth checking out. If you haven’t tried mind mapping, find some resources on the internet and study up. It’s a wonderful tool for looking at things from a whole new perspective.
If you use mind mapping in your business, we would love to know how you’re using it.
Tara

3 thoughts on “Mind Mapping: Brain on Paper

  1. Maura MCNulty

    Great list, thanks for pointing it out, I love mind mapping too. I used CMAP to organize content into a website architecture design. I didn’t even scratch the surface of the functionality, it was easy to learn, fun to use, and best of all, it was a snap to make required changes during a phone call review. Analytics love it, so it bridges the gap between word and symbol people.

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  2. Josh

    Andy,
    Mindmapping is great but the cost of many of the tools keeps some from giving it a whirl. There is a great free Mindmap software called Freemind. If anyone is interested give it a shot.

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  3. Tara Kachaturoff

    Josh:
    Thanks for sharing the free resource called FreeMind. I have used that tool and it does have a lot of nice features.
    Even with all the automated tools for mind mapping, my favorite tools are paper and colored pens.
    It’s a good excuse to step away from the computer to combine a little left-brain analytical activity with some right-brain artistic flair. I love doing art work so this is a good opportunity to engage the whole brain.
    I haven’t checked out the prices on all of the tools that were included in the original posting I made [Mind Mapping: Brain on Paper], but there might be some for less than one hundred dollars. I do know there are plenty of tools which are more expensive, however.
    If you happen to be taking a college class, like I am currently, you can qualify to buy many of these tools at reduced prices through websites that sell software to students. You do need to provide proof of eligibility.
    Tara Kachaturoff

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