In the 1970s, researcher and educator Tony Buzan formally developed the idea behind mind mapping. The map’s colorful, spider- or tree-like shape branches out to show relationships, solve problems creatively, and help you remember what you’ve learned. This chapter walks you through what a mind map is, explains how to construct and use it, showcases the benefits, and gives you an example of a live exercise I use in my Creativity and Innovation course.

It’s hard to randomly generate good ideas unless they are connected to a central thought. That is the power of a mind map. Mind mapping is a visual form of note taking that offers an overview of a problem and its complex information, allowing you to comprehend ...

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