How I use MindManager

MindManager is a great tool that I have been using for about 3 years,  I routinely create Mind Maps of books that I read by jotting down key ideas and concepts on a folded A4 sheet of paper that I use as a bookmark.  A recent book summary that I generated captured a bit of interest and this review by Marc is particularly interesting, as he describes how he uses MindManager to achieve similar objectives:

I tend to map almost everything from meetings and presentations to project plans. Mapping a book requires a different approach than scribbling notes in the margin. It’s one of the great applications I’ve discovered for the Tablet PC and is possible because MindManager, the mapping program I use, is so well designed for the Tablet. I keep the Tablet next to me in slate mode (screen only) and jot down key points, interesting quotes (with page citations), and summary lists as I work my way through the text. I create a new branch for each chapter and always add a narrative summary in a note attached to the main node for that chapter after I’ve completed reading it.

Marc’s insights prompted me to share a few of the ways in which I use MindManager.  I often use it when I am hosting a web conference,  I share MindManager and use it to make notes,  this note taking model is much better than conventional serial note taking for the following reasons:

    • The resulting notes reflect the outcome of the meeting much more accurately than serial notes,  which represent the progress of the meeting.  For example I often find that a particular topic of discussion is returned to – and refined – many times in the meeting,  in serial notes these contributions are scattered throughout the record,  in a Mind Map they are all logically grouped under the correct topic.
    • Its really easy to restructure the map as our understanding of a topic evolves
    • The whole scope of the discussion is always visible,  so it helps people to remember the context for any particular discussion.
    • The hierarchical structure of the map helps people who would otherwise loose track of what is being discussed and how it relates to other areas of the discussion.
    • Supporting material can easily be pasted in the the Mind Map as notes or links,  without creating clutter that obscures the key points.
    • The resulting map is often a great start point for a really useful post meeting deliverable.  I often take the Mind Map and tidy it up after the meeting, add a few graphics and then send it out for review, or re-purpose it by exporting it as a Word document,  or Project Plan.
    • The volume of screen updates sent to web conference participants is very low,  so its much easier for participants to watch than when someone is paging up and down in a word document for example.

Here is an example Map that I produced following a meeting where we were discussing Web 2.0

Web 20

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Richard

    Its great to see people publishing their use of MindManager. I have been using it for about ten years now.

    I have linked this blog to two clubs on Ecademy. The Petersfield club where someone asked last week what is Web 2.0 and the Visual Thinking, Planning and Publishing with MindManager Club.

    You will have to register on Ecademy to see the content of the forum. Please mention my membership no. 45995 if you sign up.

    Now I must try using Technorati.

    Regards, Andrew

  2. Santos says:

    I just started using Mindmanager about a week ago with version 8. I am still testing it. I like it a lot, and decided to search online to see how others use the program.

    My main use for now will be for web design, and I see MindManager is great to let you see the whole structure of your site.

  3. Hi Steve,

    This looks like an interesting map, would you be open to allowing us at Mindjet to share it with our community? I work in the customer advocacy, social media and PR department here at Mindjet. Also, if you’ve got a Twitter account and haven’t found us there already, connect with us at: http://www.twitter.com/mindjet.

    Best,

    Gaelen

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