'Mind Mapping' or 'Idea Mapping'?

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Jamie Nast

'Mind Mapping' or 'Idea Mapping'?

I started Mind Mapping in 1992 and was the only Senior Master Trainer for the Buzan Centre until 2006. I've authored a book titled, "Idea Mapping" and have trained 17,000+ professionals world-wide.
I use the term Idea Mapping out of respect for our mappers who map strictly by the Mind Mapping laws. Idea Mapping encourages breaking those laws. Although they have a time and place, I've had many a frustrated client who nearly threw out the tool because they felt their creativity was hampered (especially the one-word-per-branch law). I share these guidelines, but leave it to the mapper to determine if and when these guidelines are necessary based on the purpose of their map.

Lean (six) Sigma Master Black Belt, Netherlands

Starting with Mindmapping

I started using mind mapping after recommendation of Michael Bennett (four powers of greatness) when taking notes at a training or with conversation with clients. After that I started using mind mapping at brainstorm sessions with teams. The result was that I could easily catch all what was said and was able with teams to analyze and discuss ideas at depth. For me this tool is an efficiency and reflectivity booster. It took me 2- 4 weeks to get used to this way of working.

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