Probably the first question I get asked when I am sharing with people how to use Mind Maps is “Where do I start?”.
There are two ways of looking at this question.
The first way is to focus on the actual process of Mind Mapping.
In that instance the answer is very simple because we always, always start in the centre of our page (which for reason I won’t go into here, should be blank and in landscape format)
The reason for this is we are then free to take our thoughts in absolutely any direction we choose and so are not constrained by the limits of starting at the top of a page and working down which is the convention we have adopted from the school model of organising our thoughts on paper.
The second way of looking at this question is to focus on what we are using the Mind Maps for.
So for example if we are taking notes from either someone speaking or from a piece of written work, the starting point (the central image for Mind Mapping) would be the topic about which they are talking (or writing).
If we are planning a holiday then the starting point of our mind map might be either the word holiday, a picture representing a holiday or some other image/word that encapsulates what the thinking is to be focused on.
Ideally we would use images (regardless of how bad we think we are at drawing) for the central image, but keywords are also fine.
The important point is that the central image should be unique and different from any other central image we might draw (which is one of the reasons we avoid putting it in a frame).