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Thursday, November 20, 2014

TONY BUZAN's MIND MAPS

TONY BUZAN's MIND MAPSThere are so many  ways to boost your memory power and Mind Maps are one such method.   
I first heard  about this  in 1999.  Upon a friend's advice, I read a scholarly book " Mind Maps' written by Tony Buzan.   

Tony Buzan is world's leading authority on memory, learning systems.    

Tony Buzan defines Mind Map as a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain.   He says that it  harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.  

We can use Mind Maps in every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance the  performance. When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, Buzan says that  you will find that your life becomes more productive, fulfilled, and successful on every level.

HOW TO DRAW MIND MAPS : 
  • Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the centre gives your Brain the freedom to spread out in all directions and to express youtdrlg more freely and naturally.
  • Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination.  
  • Use COLOURS throughout. Why? Because colours are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Colour adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map. 
  • CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.
  • Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain.
  • Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.
  • Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!
Over the last 15 years, I drew many such mind maps  for each occasion and it is a sort of checklist which  helps  me to  execute  the same nature of task without any   fuss ! 

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