13 Mar 2015
Teaching Mind Mapping, I sometimes encounter people who are self taught or have learned to Mind Map from a book. Whist they may be competent, misunderstandings can arise. In this article I will discuss five potential problems.
1) Mind Mapping to generate ideas, “I’ll do my Mind Map in pencil and then colour it in later”
The purpose of colour in a Mind Map is not just to make it look pretty. It has a far deeper significance. Colour promotes creativity. It also helps in the cohesion of related ideas, linking together the words or images on each branch. If you create your Mind Map in pencil you are massively limiting its power to help you generate new ideas. It is far better to have a messy mind map with good thinking than a beautifully neat one with only limited ideas. If you are insistent on creating an elegant work of art, first do an ‘idea generation’ Mind Map in colour an then refine it with a second Mind Map. Think of it like a painter making preparatory sketches before completing their masterpiece.
Force Field Analysis
At university I studied Physics and Chemistry. Physics can be defined as the study of matter and energy and the interactions between the two. These interactions are termed forces. Isaac Newton proposed his third law of motion that states, “For every action [i.e. force], there is an equal and opposite reaction”. When you sit in your chair, your body exerts a downward force on the chair and the chair exerts an upward force on your body. There are two forces resulting from this interaction – a force on the chair and a force on your body.
Mind Mapping is one of the key thinking tools that we apply at Rikki Hunt Associates.
As World Mind Mapping Champion, it saddens me when people have been exposed to poor training or inferior visual thinking tools that purport to be Mind Maps but in fact are not. As a result, they come to believe myths about the limitations of Mind Maps. In this article I aim to tackle some of the unfair criticisms that occasionally arise.