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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Characteristics of talks, lectures and meetings

If you compare Figure 7-1 and Figure 7-2 carefully you notice the following: the sequence of notes in Figure 7-1 doesn’t correspond to the order of the Mind Map. This is due to particular aspects of meetings:

check.png People often talk in a disorganised way, jumping from one topic to another. This is due to the association-based way in which our brains operate. A keyword is often enough to call to mind something that’s important to us. We then abandon the meeting’s clearcut agenda.

check.png Meetings are often disorganised and follow no precise plan.

check.png Unlike text, in a talk or meeting you can’t go back to an earlier point or rewind the content.

check.png In contrast to written information, there’s no way of knowing the precise structure and composition of the meeting in advance.

The same applies more or less to talks and lectures. Normal note-taking with a pen and paper (but not with a computer) often has the following outcomes:

check.png Information is recorded sequentially ...

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