When crafting new presentations or discovering messaging, it can be a good idea to spend some time figuring out what your current thinking is. One way to do that is through mind mapping. Mind maps are a fantastic way to free associate on a specific topic, in a more structured manner.
Here are some steps for creating one, followed with a rough visual outline of one:
- Find your central topic(s). Jot them down on a side piece of paper. They should be simple words of phrases like “money,” “working,” “financial analysis,” etc.
- Grab some colored pencils and some blank white paper.
- Have some sort of a side distraction so you’re not 100% focused on this. You want to be able to free flow (I like to do these with a non-complicated movie on)
- Draw a circle in the center of your first piece of paper, write your first topic in.
- Draw lines out of that circle for some big categories that come to mind
- Keep drawing lines out of the various categories of details that come to mind
- Spend about 30 minutes on this
- Repeat until all of your topics have been gone through
- Analyze your mind maps to see your thinking. You now have new content to use when you work on your storylines.
More advanced tips:
- Use color to group and differentiate your information
- Use icons or illustrations to either illustrate your words or replace them
- Use online software if you don’t have access to paper. Can make them easier to share with others.
- If not using an online software, take pictures of your mind maps and upload them.