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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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The exception proves the rule

All rules have exceptions and this is also the case with this Mind-Mapping rule.

In two situations it’s sensible to depart from this rule:

check.png Personal names: If you want to write the name of a person, organisation or product in your Mind Map, then it’s placed on one branch, even if the name consists of several words, because it’s a single unit.

check.png Quotations: For example, if you read a text and it’s important to transcribe the precise wording of something on your map, then this can be written as a quotation on a single branch. You should mark it as a quotation, for example, by using speech marks.

warning_bomb.eps Even though there are exceptions to the rule, always try to use single words and not interpret everything to be written on the Mind Map as a quotation. Otherwise, the advantages created by using single words are lost. Using keywords alone ensures that a Mind Map remains clear and uncluttered and a lot of information can be packed into it.

Using Mind-Mapping software and the text memo or notes function means that whole texts can be embedded within a keyword and recalled at will. This allows you to insert just one keyword but, at the same time, add further information. ...

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