December 2016 saw the 9th World Mind Mapping Championships head to Singapore, and we were delighted that the first and second prizes were awarded to two of our very own ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructors.
Hosted by the inventor of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan, the event took place over 1 day and saw participants complete three disciplines to compete for the title of Mind Mapping Champion. Firstly, participants had to create a Mind Map based on what they heard in a 30-minute lecture on a random topic. Secondly, they had to build a Mind Map based on a written article, and lastly create a Mind Map on a topic of their choice. The participants were tested on their ability to create the most effective Mind Map based on several criteria, including the demonstration of Mind Map principles such as use of images and keywords, use of humour and playfulness, and originality and impact.
Mind Mapping TLI Liu Yan was crowned the Mind Mapping Champion. Lui first met Tony Buzan back in 2011 at a speaking event, and it was from that point on that she knew she wanted to dedicate her professional career to promoting Mind Mapping. Since attending the ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor Course in Mind Mapping in London during August 2014, Liu has been teaching Mind Mapping to others, and has now taught an outstanding 60,000 students approximately.
Liu is responsible for the ‘100 Mind Maps in 100 days’ initiative, where students drew one Mind Map per day over a period of 100 days. In 2015 she, along with 81 students, created a 120-square meter Mind Map – the biggest Mind Map in China at the time. The following year, Liu broke her own record by leading 189 students in creating a 216-square meter Mind Map in only 2 hours and 20 minutes.
With two books on Mind Mapping in Education being released this year, Liu will be continuing her mission of spreading the benefits of Mind Mapping for study.
Liu Yan wasn’t the only TLI who took home a prize at the World Mind Mapping Championships. The second prize was awarded to our very own Senior ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, having attended and received an accreditation for all three learning disciplines, Matteo Salvo. Matteo has been delivering courses and workshops on learning strategies and memory techniques since 1999. He also founded the MindPerformance school located in Turin, which specialises in improving the learning process and human resources development.
As well as the World Mind Mapping Championships, Singapore also played host to the 25th World Memory Championships and 9th World Speed Reading Championships in December 2016. Matteo Salvo received the silver medal for Speed Reading, with fellow Senior ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, Michel Wozniak taking the bronze. After spending 13 years as a computer engineer working on artificial intelligence based projects, Michel decided to switch to human intelligence and is now an accredited professional coach in learning technologies and stress management. He regularly delivers certified Mind Mapping, Memory, Speed Reading and Applied Innovation training across the globe.
We would like to say a big congratulations to our TLIs Liu Yan, Matteo Salvo and Michel Wozniak for their achievements. It’s great to see our TLIs being recognised for that which they are passionate about, and we wish them the very best of luck for the future.
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