I attended my first Tony Buzon, mind mapping course before 1990. It was love at first non-linear, free-form, right-brain oriented mind map. The creative nature of mind mapping appealed to me and I have used this technique ever since. One theory behind the technique is that our brain actually works this way on a subconscious level. Theoretically it taps into both our non-linear, creative right brain and our linear, logical left brain. Another reason I like this technique is that it focuses on the big picture and key points.
How many times have you read a book, attended a debate or watched a documentary and afterwards were not able to succinctly summarize the main points? That happens a lot. That is why I write books that distill information into small, memorable pieces. Mind mapping helps us remember and organize the main concepts.
There is something inherently enjoyable about reading a book or article, or watching a documentary or debate—and mind mapping it. No two mind maps will ever be identical and it’s the creative process that is paramount. In addition, adding color, connecting lines, bubbles, and pictures improve retention. I can think of no better way to prepare for a debate or freethought meeting than mind mapping your topic as well as what your think your opponent will argue. Now, you’re really thinking out of the three-dimensional box. You will never know where your imagination will take you.
Don’t just read the maps I have created—duplicate them, memorize them, start with the same theme and create your own and then afterwards compare it to mine. They should not be the same. This is an active process, not a passive one. I recommend researching mind mapping for an hour or two and then buying a box of colored pencils, paper, select whatever topic interests you, and begin. You learn by doing.