Mind mapping has been a technique I’ve used for note taking and note making since I read The Mind Map Book in 2010. Words sprout radially from a central image, forming flexible structures of ideas. These two-dimensional, graphical notes stamp a pattern in memory, making it easier to retain and recall. It fosters comprehension, reflection, and exploration. It induces creativity, spontaneity, and conciseness. It allows me to create the most meaning out of the fewest words, in the least amount of time.
In this talk, I shared how I’ve used mind mapping in a variety of contexts, including conference sketchnotes, church sermons, and diary entries. Participants practiced by creating mind maps as a group and individually.
One participant shared her enthusiasm for learning the technique:
Mind maps were what my life was missing. For lists, for articulation, for reflecting. Ohhh maaaa gawd
More resources, exemplars, and photos of the event can be viewed on Google Drive: