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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Colours – not just pretty to look at

If you generate Mind Maps with a pen and paper, your basic kit should include a couple of different coloured pens. Drawing Mind Maps with several colours can have a number of objectives:

check.png Distinguishing the main branches from each other: This is the principal use of colours. Each main branch and all its sub-branches are drawn and written in one colour. This helps with quick visual differentiation of themes and also makes the Mind Map more varied.

check.png Highlighting particular meanings with different colours: In many situations it’s sensible and possible to associate a colour with a particular meaning which the colour stands for in the Mind Map. Thus, when you read your map you can identify at a glance the various aspects of a theme by the colours used.

• You’re using Mind Maps to take the minutes of a meeting in your company. Two groups, marketing and R&D, with different opinions on a subject, take part in this meeting. Now, for example, you can use the colour blue for marketing and green for R&D. The arguments of each group can then be added in the relevant places by using the right colours.

• You’re using Mind Maps to take notes as you read a textbook. You reserve a particular colour for your own thoughts and ideas and one for your objections and ...

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