I heard about Mind Maps in 1999 when I was listening to a cassette on Speed reading. Mind Mapping was given as a tool to memorize. A very basic introduction on Mind Mapping was provided which was not very helpful to me at that point in time.
After trying for a couple of weeks, I set that aside, because it was not as easy as it was explained in the audio training. Later when I got to a book store, and happened to see a book by Tony Buzan – it triggered the thoughts of what I had heard in the training program.
Reading the book was a different experience altogether. The learning was more fruitful because it clearly articulated the LAWS- based on which the Mind Mapping experience is built on. It is not just a combination of just using colours and links- but a lot more to it- which is not apparent till you read it. LAWS therefore set a context for me to maximize the returns that I could get from Mind Mapping. Based on a lot of research & feedback from thousands of people, the Laws set the basic model in place, and the rest can be improved by you as you become more and more fluent with the model. My results became a lot more positive since then.
The key laws are as follows:
1. Use Emphasis
2. Use Association
3. Be Clear
4. Develop a personal Style
1. Use hierarchy
2. Use Numerical order
More about each of these in the coming blogs.
Till then remember, while you learn and start using Mind Maps, always, remember the basic laws on which you build your Mind Maps.. It is important to always follow the Laws to maximize the returns.