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|About Mind Mapping|
|Desktop Apps Training - Mind Maps|
Mind mapping can be traced back to the 3rd century when Porphyry of Tyre used this technique to visualize the concept categories of Aristotle graphically. Modern mind mapping is said to have been invented by Tony Buzan, a popular psychology author. Buzan brings up many advantages to using mind maps over traditional lists and lines of text methods including his points about associations.
Mind Mapping Tips
These are basic rules for creating mind maps by hand. This is important as most software applications have a tough time capturing the nature flow of mind maps taking away from their effectiveness. XMind should alllow you to follow these important mind mapping tips
One Word Per Branch
Having one word per branch lets you free up your ideas without limiting youself by partnering the words together. Even if your intent isn't to take such a broad approach at first, you may find that it allows you to expand when needed and only takes one extra node to split the words and keep your possibilities open.
Mind map branches should be curved, organic and free-flowing smimilar to the way the brain thinks. Using straight lines will result in a rigid boring display. Mind mapping software applications have some straight line options that aren't suitable for the enlightening experience of mind mapping but most of the templates and options promote the flowing style of curved connections.
This helps keep similar keywords closer together inspiring related ideas and thoughts. This also helps keep an organize and effective mind map where topics and categories are easy to locate.
Including images in your mind map with your keywords provides a stronger description of the topic promotes creativity and the mind mappers imagination. Even if you use basic images, this can be useful. Just don't waste time searching for images during the mind mapping process. The whole idea is to save time and nothing eats away at your time like searching for images. I recommend downloading a free icon set and keeping it close at hand. This way they're fast to insert and look good because they match.