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Brainstorming Mind Mapping

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Brainstorming Mind Mapping

The creative potential of mind mapping (also known as Concept Mapping) is particularly useful for brainstorming.  By presenting ideas in an intuitive, graphical, and non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to generating ideas and creating connections.

 

   

1.  Gather Supplies

  • Pens and colored pencils
  • Crayons and Markers
  • Large blank piece of unlined paper
  • Music player (optional)

 

   

2.  Find a Quiet Relaxing Location

Find a quiet relaxing place which will allow you to free your mind to help eliminate distractions.  Consider:

  • A park
  • A porch or patio
  • A back room

 


3.  Play Music to help free your mind

Soft relaxing music can help get the creative juices flowing.

 


4.  Place the central idea in the middle of the paper

Print the topic you want to brainstorm about in the middle of the paper and draw a circle around it.  Consider drawing an image or symbol that relates to the topic.  These form the center of your mind map.

 


5.  Begin Building Branches

Once you have the central idea, build branches off of the circle with related topics or ideas.  Draw a line from the central idea to the sub-idea to illustrate a connection between the ideas.  Use colors as you build the various links.

 

 

6.  Create More Branches, Sub-Branches, and Sub-Sub Branches

After you have the center circle and the first level of branches, create sub branches, and sub-sub-branches from there.  Illustrate how the ideas and branches are connected to one another.

Try to generate as many ideas as you can.  Don’t judge or critique the ideas, just get them down on paper. Don’t get stuck in one area.  If you get stuck in one area go to another branch.

 

 

7.  Consider Using Cross Links

Use cross links (arrows or lines) to connect different ideas because information in one part of the Mind Map may relate to another part.  Cross links help illustrate how some of the ideas and branches are interconnected.

 

 

8.  Review Your Mind Map

After you finish the mind map, take a few minutes to look at it.

  • What stands out?
  • Where are most of the ideas grouped?
  • Are there any gaps between ideas or missing connections?
  • Which ideas came easily?
  • Which ideas were harder to generate?
  • How excited are you about the results?

 

 

9.  Explain Your Mind Map to Someone

Sharing your mind map with someone can help you take your mind map technique to the next level.  As you talk through your ideas, new ideas will emerge.

Jot down notes next to your ideas.

 

 

10.  Redo Your Mind Map

After you discussed your ideas and noted additional, redo you mind map.  As you start to rewrite your ideas more ideas may come to you.

 

  

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Brainstorming

 

 Brainstorming

Brainstorming is an activity intended to generate new creative ideas to solve a specific problem. It is a freewheeling group discussion that attempts to find a solution by gathering numerous ideas from the participants. Because of the free-thinking environment, the session helps promote creative out-of-the-box ideas which break free from normal ways of thinking. An analysis and critic of the proposed ideas is conducted only after the brainstorming is over.

The Process

In a brainstorming session, every participant is encouraged to think aloud and spontaneously come up with as many ideas as possible, no matter how outlandish or crazy it may seem. The participants shout out ideas as they occur to them. All the ideas are noted and are not criticized or judged. Criticism and judgment of ideas are only allowed when the brainstorming session is over. This is to allow people to think outside-the-box and freely suggest any idea that may seem even remotely possible.

The purpose of the session is to obtain as many ideas as possible for later analysis. Therefore, people should build on the ideas suggested by other participants.

 

 

Mind Mapping

The creative potential of mind mapping (also known as Concept Mapping) is particularly useful for brainstorming.  By presenting ideas in an intuitive, graphical, and non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to generating ideas and creating connections. 

This approach encourages you to enumerate and connect concepts without beginning with a specific conceptual framework.  As you create a mind map, you are able to branch out in various directions and make connections between the branches.  You can further divide the ideas into more related ideas with additional lines. 

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Brainstorming – Mind Mapping

Creating mind maps helps put together information in a way that reveals relationships with new information.  You start with the basic problem as the center, and then generate ideas to obtain at a large number of different possible solutions.  You can draw lines from the ideas to other possible solutions related to your idea.  

Since it is a system that taps into the way the brain naturally functions, you find that mind mapping puts you in touch with your true creative potential, and that you can generate and organize ideas at a very fast pace.  Using color, symbols, and images also helps to stimulate imagination.

 

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