Mind Mapping 3 – How to do ‘mind mapping’? by O.S.Balaji

In the last post, we touched upon ‘Why Mind Mapping’; In this post, let me give you some pointers to the question ‘How to do Mind Mapping?’

1. Start with few easy scenarios to do Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping can be used in several different ways. It could range anywhere from presenting your bio-data to summarizing a book. However, till one could appreciate the power of Mind Map the following activities could be a good place to start:

  1. Preparing Minutes of Meeting
  2. Summarizing a RFP / Proposal requirements
  3. Presenting initial solution ideas
  4. Status Reporting

2. Types of Mind Mapping

Based on the scenario one could choose the most appropriate format for Mind Mapping.

For e.g.: if it is presenting ideas – Rounded curve map could help, if it presenting information in a structured/hierarchical manner – tree curve might help.

Once you start practicing, there is no limit for improvisation

Some examples:

3. Tools for Mind Mapping

Below list consists of free and licensed tools. Free tools are easy to use but lack the features that could give your Mind Map a better visual appeal.

Also you can experiment with trial version before you decide to buy.

Free Mind : http://freemind.sourceforge.net ( Free open source tool )

Mindjet   : http://www.mindjet.com/

Mindmapper : http://www.mindmapper.com/

Xmind  : http://www.xmind.net/

Visio : Can draw your Mind Maps through its build in templates

In the next post, we will look into steps in Mind Mapping. Till then Happy Mind Mapping!

Contributed by

Balaji O.S



Editor – Resonance Newsletter

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