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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Making arrow connections quite clear

When working with Mind Maps it’ll soon occur to you that branches in different parts of your Mind Map are thematically connected with each other. It can often happen that one and the same keyword crops up at different places in the map.

remember.eps In my seminars I’m often asked whether it’s a ‘problem’ if a particular word appears at several different places in a Mind Map. This isn’t a problem, on the contrary: interesting information is frequently gleaned when a key concept crops up several times in different parts of a Mind Map.

In such instances it can be helpful to highlight the connection between two branches. You can insert connecting arrows to achieve this outcome in Mind Mapping.

In principle, you can draw in as many connecting arrows as you like. However, try not to overdo this and obscure the Mind Map with too much clutter and so lose the added value imparted by connecting arrows.

Figure 3-1 shows some examples of connecting arrows.

If you wish to join together two branches that are far apart from each other within a Mind Map, it’s better to draw the connecting arrows around the edge of the map and not straight across the middle. This is a shorter route but it’ll detract from the Mind Map’s legibility.

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