Yesterday was a very interesting day for me.
I say interesting because I was looking at different examples of Mind Mapping and how it can be used.
In the morning I spoke to a gathering of recruitment business owners in London.
These people were successful business people running recruitment businesses who had gathered together to find out new ideas and fresh thinking to inject into their professional lives.
In the afternoon, after a hectic cab ride across town and a high speed train cross country I found myself talking to 60 students for a couple of hours at the University of West of England in Bristol.
Two very different audiences but strangely enough the content for both sessions was pretty much the same. The only differences were one of delivery style and context.
In both sessions I shared, amongst other things, the background, how to, application and examples of Mind Mapping.
Many have dismissed Mind Maps as a purely learning device “good for taking notes” but those with that mis-understanding about this remarkable tool have really missed the point.
So how can the same device serve the purposes of two very different audiences?
Well that is like saying “how can both groups benefit from being able to write”!
The key thing is that the Mind Mapping tool is a thinking system that benefits the user when they are required to think and organise those thoughts, regardless of what they are doing.
So for instance examples of Mind Mapping in a business context would be to use them for things like:
- Planning and organisation
- Problem solving
- Brainstorming and creativity
- Generating reports and other written documentation
- Taking notes (in meetings)
- Organising new information
- Analysing complex issues
But if we look at examples of Mind Mapping in an educational context we get pretty much the same list.
Mind Maps For Students
Just like in business, today’s student has to plan and organise themselves. They have to solve problems, brainstorm and be creative.
They must communicate their ideas and give presentations, or generate reports and other written pieces of work. They take lots of notes and must organise and analyse issues.
There are other things that students must do too (like be grumpy from the ages of 13-17, think any move on the family wedding dance floor is tantamount to a deliberate cause for embarrassment and restrict communication with parents to grunts of one syllable or less ) but essentially Mind Maps can help in all of them where thinking is concerned.
There are many different examples of Mind Mapping applications and the really interesting thing is that it can be applied in pretty much any industry and profession. Mind Maps need not facilitate only one sector, rather, it can be used any way the user would like to use it.
The reason is that the majority of thinking processes are common across these divides and the Mind Map mirrors the way the brain functions in its use of colour, its organisational structure and associative relationships making it universally beneficial.
Fortunately for me today both groups were both open minded and willing to explore the possibilities that Mind Mapping offers them and judging from the great response I got from both audiences, they were delighted they did.