In today’s corporate world filled with monotone, text-heavy handouts, you may be forgiven for thinking that colourful Mind Maps have no place. How professional can a brightly coloured Mind Map be? You’re no longer in the classroom, after all.
However, as businesslike as black-and-white text can seem, it doesn’t strike a chord with most people. Ask anyone to memorise the contents of ten pages of text, and they’re unlikely to recall every key piece of information. So, how exactly do you grab and hold someone’s attention and make the facts really sink in? Here we turn to Mind Mapping. Mind Maps are, by their very nature, visual tools with very little focus on the written word. The rules behind the concept actually state that colour and images are the most important elements of Mind Maps, along with radiating curved branches and the use of keywords. Colourful Mind Maps have been proven to boost memory, enhance cognitive processes and spark creativity.
Read on to find out exactly how a Mind Map’s colours and images can be used in the office to inspire, motivate and engage you and your colleagues using iMindMap…
Adding visual elements, such as colour and images, to your notes and presentations has been proven to enhance memory. By including plenty of colour in your Mind Map, you are able to link together associated ideas and concepts and differentiate between themes. Assigning colours to key ideas will help you to recall that branch’s information. Plus, colour and language are processed by separate sides of your brain. By including colour in your Mind Map, you are fully engaging your brain in the thinking process and maximising its potential.
Share your ideas with others using iMindMap’s Presentation View. You will find the more visually rich your Mind Map is, the more attention your audience will pay. Highlight the most vital takeaways by colour coding branches and painting a picture for your audience that will engage them with your ideas – this way your talk won’t be easily forgotten.
Tony Buzan once said, ‘Images are […] more evocative than words, more precise and potent in triggering a wide range of associations and thereby enhancing creative thinking.’ Images leave a more lasting effect on the brain in comparison to full sentences. In fact, it has been proven* that people can remember lots more information when it is conveyed through a mixture of images and keywords compared to oral or text-based material. In iMindMap’s Mind Map View you can easily insert images from iMindMap’s image library. The more you can connect with your images, the better, so why not upload your own images and create visual cues that are meaningful to you? These personalised shortcuts will help boost your memory and strengthen your recall power.
For an added creative boost, try using iMindMap’s Sketch feature and have fun thinking up ways to represent your ideas through colourful doodles as well as words. By using easily recognisable images on your Mind Map’s branches, you should easily be able to generate fresh ideas. These images, combined with a radiant layout, mirror and magnify your brain’s natural pattern of association by bouncing from one idea to the next. The unrestricted nature of Mind Mapping with iMindMap gives you the freedom to explore your ideas on an infinite canvas without the limits of a page.
A visual Mind Map that is rich with images and colour can give you a simple overview of a complex project and help you to understand the bigger picture. When dealing with a lot of information, create a Mind Map summary using iMindMap. By Mind Mapping a topic or project using colours and images, you have instant access to a top-down overview that will spark fresh ideas and highlight your best next steps.
Plus, iMindMap’s insert feature allows you to attach any extra supporting resources to your Mind Map’s branches, such as audio files, video links or documents. These attachments remain hidden until clicked on, so even with an extra layer of information, your visual Mind Map never loses its simplicity.
The old saying rings true: a picture paints a thousand words. Unleash the full creative power of your brain and retain more information than ever before by including more colours and images in your next Mind Map using iMindMap.