If you are a motor sport fan whether it be Formula 1, Rally Cars, Indie 500, Nascar or any of the other great races then you will no doubt have seen the occasional crash as the cars whiz round the track.
I have often seen these on television and always marvel at the dedicated people who act as race marshals at events like this. Come rain or shine these people do an amazing job of ensuring the safety of both those on the track and those watching.
I hadn’t really understood this until Steve, a part-time motor sport race marshal attended one of the programs where we covered Mind Mapping. His weekend hobby only came to light when I asked each person on the course how they were going to use what they had learnt.
It seems that when an incident has happened during a race the marshal not only has to deal with the immediate aftermath but also has to remember what went on when they submit their report at the end of the race.
Now if you can imagine, in the worse possible scenario, a couple of cars colliding, fuel spills onto the track, vehicles burst into flames, drivers need medical treatment, debris needs to be cleared etc etc, there is a lot going on.
Steve really enjoyed the Mind Mapping and found it inspirational for both personal and professional use but could see that it was going to have a big impact on his role as a race marshal. He said that he was going to create a Mind Map template for his incident reports so that when something happened he could easily capture a couple of keywords on the relevant branch whilst he was sorting everything out at the time and then use it to prompt him when he wrote his report.
Mind Mapping For Better Reports
He needs to capture things like the order of events, car details, whether assistance was called for and so on and could see that the Mind Map was going to make things so much easier for him.
I have this belief that whenever you organise your thoughts on paper then using a Mind Map will allow you to think far more effectively and will allow you to get far richer results from whatever thinking process you are applying yourself to.
Of course you may then output your thoughts organised in this way to conventional notes in the form of the document you have to create but underlying the structure of those words will be a far superior thinking process than without using the Mind Map.
It seems that according to Steve, when it comes to him using Mind Maps to record, capture and organise his motor racing marshal incident reports then this belief is true.
Do you use Mind Maps for anything unusual? If so, drop me a line and let me know and I will share it with my readers too.