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Mind Mapping Course — Beginners Guide

Aisha Borel, Instructional Designer | Mind Map Lover

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6 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. What Are Mind Maps

    • 2. What You Need to Get Started

    • 3. 7 Steps to Mind Mapping

    • 4. Get Started Mind Mapping

    • 5. Practice Mind Mapping Together

    • 6. Quick Start Challenge

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About This Class


Quickly learn how to create a mind map from a mind mapping enthusiast!

Hi, my name is Aisha and I am so excited that you're here. In this complete guide to mind mapping class, I dive deep into the basic fundamentals of mind mapping. By the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Understand exactly what mind maps are
  • Know what you need to get started mind mapping
  • Be familiar with the 7 steps experts use to create awesome looking mind maps
  • Create your own mind maps
  • Along with gaining step-by-step practice by creating a mind map alongside myself

Through the process of mind mapping, you'll be able to tap into the many benefits of mind mapping. Benefits such as:

  • Be more creative
  • Solve problems faster
  • Learn new information more easily
  • Boost productivity
  • And so much more

So, grab a pen, some paper, and let's get started mind mapping today! Can't wait to see you inside the class.


:D Aisha


1. What Are Mind Maps: So what are mind maps? Simply put, a mind map is a visual diagram used to record and organize information just like this. Right behind me, this is a mind map. Mind maps are often created around a single concept or image. They're drawn in the center of the page to which associated ideas, words and images branch outward. Mind maps can either be drawn by hand or created using a computer or mobile device or any variation of software or APS. Okay, so now that you know exactly what a mind map is, let's talk about all the different ways in which mind maps can be used. My maps can be used as a form of note taking during a lecture, a meeting or even while reading a book. Mind maps are also excellent at expanding memory and allow for you to recall information more quickly while at the same time learning new information with greater ease. Mind mapping also increases creativity. I yes, because it helps you visualize information more quickly. It allows you to easily brainstorm ideas and organize your thoughts and allow you to think with greater ease. In addition, my map ings of really valuable source for gaining greater productive ity by allowing you to structure ideas quickly plan a meeting, a mastermind or even a upcoming vacation. It also allows you to make more useful to do lists and action items. Believe it or not, mind maps can even hope you outline that book that you've always wanted to write. Are you feeling frustrated? Do you need to solve a problem? Great Mind mapping is an excellent way to find innovative solutions for both personal and professional problems. They allow you to better organize your thinking so that you can generate more ideas, see the problem from a completely new perspective and finally get unstuck. Time for a quick review. As we discussed at the beginning of this lecture, my maps are visual diagrams used to organize all kinds of information. They help with taking better notes, increase memory and recall and use creativity. They also allow us to be more productive while solving problems with greater ease and, uh, ah, whole lot faster than before 2. What You Need to Get Started: getting started on your mind. Map doesn't require much, however. You will want a few things to be in place before you start creating one. The first item you'll need is paper. As rule of thumb, I always start my mind maps with a clean piece of white blank paper. Any standard sized 8.5 by 11 or a four paper will dio and, if available, ah, larger sheet of papers always welcomed as it will allow you more room toe work within and dig into the intricate details of your mind map. In addition to a black pen, the next thing you'll wanna have on hand are a set of markers. It's fine if you don't have a full set of markers readily available at the moment, but you will want to start with a minimum of four different colors. We'll drill down into the details and the science of mind mapping and why the use of color is so important in a later lecture. But for now, know that using a minimum of four different colors will immediately add visual interest and allow you to quickly distinguished eat section of your mind map. The third and final item you'll need to get started. Mind mapping is a subject or topic for your mind map. This subject will need to be centered around one topic, one idea and a particular thought. One made project for central theme. Lastly, there's no writer wrong when it comes to choosing your paper, your markers or your subject matter for your mind map. Let's review As long as you're starting off with a clean piece of white paper, minimum of four different color markers and one main topic per mind map, then you are good to go. 3. 7 Steps to Mind Mapping: in this lecture will dive deep into the seven main principles of creating a pretty awesome mind map as well as discussed the structure of mind mapping, starting with a piece of clean white paper well positioned horizontally or in landscape mode toe where the widest part of the paper is running left to right. Why? Because turning your paper horizontally will allow you more space to work within then if it was in a vertical position. Next, choose the first color marker you'd like to work with in the center of the paper. Draw an image that represents the topic of your mind map and right the topic of your mind map directly below that image. One thing to know. It's that it's important to draw the image in the center of your paper, something that clearly represents the theme of your mind map. Since the theme of this mind map is how to create a mind map having an image with a brain and two circular arrows around it seems appropriate the image that we just drew in the center of the paper. It's known as the central image because it acts as an anchor for the main subject in which all connecting thoughts, images and ideas radiate outward. From now that we have our central image drawn in the center of our mind map, we are ready to begin drawing our first main branch. Each main branch you see your mind map will connect with the central image and spread outward from there, choosing a different color marker. Let's draw our first main branch radiating away from the central image. Make sure that this branch is defined, curved and uses color. Why is color a key technique of mind mapping? Well, one reason is that having different color branches within your mind map, you'll be able to quickly distinguish the different information branches and aspects with a your map, therefore, making it easier to understand. Additionally, the use of multiple colors within your mind maps not only adds visual interest but also at color. Boost levels of creative thinking increases our brains engagement and naturally uses more of the cerebral cortex, the cerebral cortex being the area of your brain that plays a key role in memory, attention, perception, awareness, thought, language and consciousness. That's a mouthful. The fourth aspect of mind mapping involves using key words sprinkled throughout your mind map. If you're not sure about keywords, don't worry will be diving really deep in the key words in another section of this mind mapping course. But for now, know that a keyword is one or two main words that sums up the entire ideas sentence for phrase off whatever it is that your topic, in The'keeper's words, should be short and associate with your topic. For every new branch added, you'll also want to add a keyword above it. Feel free Teoh. Add as many branches and keywords needed to help fill up your mind. Keep in mind that each main branch represents a different category based on the main central top it you want to explore. The fifth step of creating a mind map involves adding sub branches that connect with associative main branches. Sub branches allow you make additional associative images and connections with your mind map. They also allow for further exploration and expansion upon each new idea Whore topic. Of course. Just like main bridges, you can add as many or as few sub branches as needed, as well as jump around your mind map adding more and more sub branches as you go, the number of sub branches that you end up having will again be mostly determined by you the subject matter, and how deeply you like to explore and expand upon each keyword. One important thing to know is that if you're working in an area of your my map and shift to a completely different area, it's fine because you can easily do so without losing focus. The sixth step of mind mapping is to continue bridging outward by creating additional branches for every new ideas section or thought you have at a new branch. In fact, the possibilities are endless, and you're never limited When it comes to mind mapping, which is a very good thing, you can make your mind map even more awesome by adding pictures, symbols and images at any time you see fit. All my maps could be made even more appealing by using more colors, more images, mawr doodles, more arrows, more anything. So be creative on this. Using a combination of color images, keywords and arrows will make your mind map more unique, distinctive, personal and, of course, memorable. In addition, having a my map that is rich with color ideas in all sorts of images sprinkled throughout will help to make your mind map also more engaging, and it's easier for your brain to be able to no reset. Remember it. It reinforces connections, and along with increasing memory, you also have greater recall of the subject matter that your mind mapping, which is the best thing when it comes to my mapping. Now you'll know your mind map is complete when you can't think of anything else to add time for a quick review. The image that we just drew in the center of the paper is known as a central image because it connects to the main branch and as well uses color. The fourth aspect of mind mapping involves the use of key words sprinkled throughout your entire mind map. The fifth step of my map E involves adding some bridges that connect with associative main branches. The sixth step is continuing to branch out word by adding additional branches. And, of course, you can make your mind map even more awesome by adding pictures, symbols and images any time 4. Get Started Mind Mapping: So let's talk about paper and materials and all that good stuff. All right, So first of all, I love my mapping and mind Mapping can be created pretty much anywhere. Like literally. I've got my walls painted in chalkboard black paint to where all I have to do is just, basically take some chalk and put it up on the walls like I have back here. So I like being able to put my maps everywhere because sometimes I'm thinking and I want a mind map on the wall toe where it will inspire me like the one back here that I have about inspire creativity. I'll put my maps on all kinds of things, So let's talk about paper for a minute now. For me, I am a professional graphic designer, so and I'm really artsy, so I'd like paper of a bit of a geek when it comes to paper, but not to bore you or anything. It's just, you know, there's all sizes of paper as far as notebooks and putting my maps on notebooks and everything. You know, I've got a mind map in their toe, where to tell me about, you know, the plant cycle process. So we've got that there. I've got my maps inside of just regular notebooks. It's one of those things where, and this is my map that I created. Oh, I get this craziness. I've got great paper. I'll put mine maps on. I think you get the point. So it's one of those things where whether I'm using, you know, my favorite Bristol paper or large sheets of paper or whatever it might be, you know, oversized paper, the more room you have for creating your mind map, definitely the better. So, for example, later on in this course, I've got this as a mind map. And I just only did this particular section for mind mapping as faras. Mind mapping the reptilian brain to demonstrate that you can create a really artistic looking mind map. You can also you know, you don't have to have a mind map that is super artistic. You can just be crazy and basically just take a Sharpie pen and make a mind map like this. So with this mind map, I was doing some brainstorming, of course, that I had for a you to me course, and so I was just like, Yeah, I'm going to just take a Sharpie and put it up on the wall, Put this up on the wall and create a real simple mind map. So I'll have that somewhere in the bonus section of me creating this fun little mind map. So we've got all sorts of mind maps that you can create. The thing is, and then there's pens and I won't even go into all that. But the thing is, is that at the end of the day, whether I am using just a simple sheet of 8.5 by 11 paper have by 11 paper for creating my mind map or even a post it note for creating a mind map. But a lot of times, what I have on me is this right here, and this right here is just a really simple type of notebook. It's something that I have with me, and I'll take with me to meetings. I'm not gonna take large sheets of paper with me or if I mountain about or like I said at a meeting. I'll just go ahead and create a mind map using just a gel pen and this right here. Real time, mind maps toe where I'm sitting in a meeting. I'm listening. I'm engaged. I'm asking questions, and at the same time, I am drawing little doodles and all kinds of things toe. Let me know that what I need to be doing in, you know, as far as my part for a meeting or whatever. So I said all that to say that it doesn't matter. Just grab some paper, grab a pin. If that's all you have and you don't have four different color markers, it's grab whatever you have, and let's start creating a mind map. So now that you know exactly what mind mapping is, when you talk about the seven different types of mind mapping techniques and things that you want to do this different the structure of mind mapping, the next thing that we're going to do is draw a mind map together. So I get your popcorn and paper and whatever you need to get going and start mine method. All right. Seeing the next lecture 5. Practice Mind Mapping Together: Okay, so right now, let's go ahead. Increase a mind map together, So we're gonna be using just standard. This'd is 8.5 by 11 sheets of just printer paper. Nothing special about it. But we're gonna be using that. We're also gonna be using just a colorful markers. So I've grabbed about what, c six colors. And these are the colors. These are the colors of the rainbow. So, yes, we're gonna be using rainbow colors for our markers. We're also gonna be using a just a typical Sharpie focus. We're also gonna be using a typical just plain Scharping marker as well as a pilot pilot, G 2.0 or 0.38 gel pen. So let's get started being all right. So right now what we're gonna be doing is we're gonna be following the steps to mind mapping the seven different steps, and I am going to be creating a mind map about my passions. So let's create a mind map about passions. It doesn't have to necessarily be a passion, but I just want something like something that you love or something that you like strongly or just kind of like somewhat, but we're gonna be creating a mind map right here together. So go ahead and grab. Just a typical sheet. 8/2 by 11 or a four paper, Um, a Sharpie markers. You have it. And if you have nothing else, then just use a pen. It's not that big of a deal. So I'm gonna go ahead and draw my central image in the middle. And since we're talking about passions, I am going to draw a heart right here in the middle of the paper. I'm gonna roughly color it in. Nothing like super fancy. And I am going to talk about love, and I'm going to put it in a nice script. E font. So it looks pretty So yeah, there we go. Okay, so we're talking about love. We're talking about passions. So I'm going to have over here in orange. One of my loves is ah, graphic design. So I'm going to put that keyword graphic design right here. I also love, and these this is not in any particular order at all. It's just things that come to me. And that's the nice thing about my mapping is that you do not have to go counter clockwise or clockwise or counterclockwise, you can go all over the place. So as you have ideas, you can put them down. So I definitely Of course I love my lovely family. So family is going to get a couple lines I also love. I think this deserves a line of its own. And that is creativity. Creativity is also one of my love's. I love being creative, having a creative mind, and we haven't used blue yet was used blue. I also love like and this is something unfortunately, I haven't done for a while. Way too is travel. I love to travel. People have no me for a while. No, that traveling is really, um something that is near and dear to my heart. Okay, So what I want you to do is I want you to draw your central image in the middle. You can use love you can use, like you can use whatever topic you're wanting to use, but put that in the middle. You don't want to make your central image to bag. We're gonna be talking Maura about central images and like branches and keywords and stuff in the upcoming lessons. But for now, you want your central image to be located in the center of the page. I just used a representational item, which is Ah, heart. Everyone understands that love and hearts go together, so no matter what kind of culture or whatever, wherever you're from. So we've got a couple different colors. I'm also going to turn this. I'm going to write a little bit more about graphic design. So I love graphic design. I love being able to be free and create. I love communication. It's connecting lines. So communication that's a longer word won't all fit there. Um, I also love, like as faras, you know, travel and everything. I love taking pictures. So I love photos. I love, uh, definitely language. It's always fun when I travel Teoh another country, whether it be in Malaysia or Mexico, Spain, wherever I love language and oh my gosh, this is going to make me want to travel all the different types of food. Of course, the culture and you can have culture without the wonderful thing known as people. I love people. I love I'll just all the five senses involved, as far as smells and sights and, uh, touching Just how things feel. You know, How does the brick feel on my hands when I'm walking down? How do things sound? Such as the cobblestone beneath my feet? How What kind of crunching sound does that make? I'm going to leave that alone because I'm getting way too excited about travel. And I want to travel right now. I want to go. But right now we're creating a mind map. So creativity Oh, my God. Creativity. I love definitely creativity. I love being able to have design, and I'm going to take this. And you, you graphic design is a huge part. I'm just gonna put a star next to here. That's that's a star. So graphic design is a huge part of creativity and being creative for meat. Eso also, you know, photography. I've mentioned it before, so I love photography and writing. Of course, I love being able to write and, uh, creek courses such as this. My God, who else? Not many other people get geeky about mind mapping course this right. But for me, it's fun, it's creative, and it's a great way to express that creativity. And then there's also uh, drawing and my goodness, all the markers. And I'm just going to make a sub branch for markers and tech. I I've had, would definitely be in their love iPad and how you can be creative on an iPad. I love creating you to me courses. And I love being able to, uh, is, you know, I even have, like, skill share and so forth. Okay, Now, I certainly last but not least I want to talk about my family. And since they're kind of are getting lost in this equation, I am going to bring it out by putting a little yellow halo and sparkly miss around. Family Family is definitely I love, love, love, love my kiddos. I've got two kids and, uh, I got a boy who's just precious in a handful and a little girl who is just the sweetest little girl ever. That's a fact. So I love my family, My husband. We have fun. So husband, we have fine. We've known each other since we were 16 were no longer 16. I I am no longer 16. Instead, I am proudly 41 with an 18 month old is awesome in a seven year old so family. And, you know, we got, um, get togethers and extended family. So extended and course you gotta love Christmas. That's not a Christmas tree. Okay, so let's draw a Christmas tree like this. Uh, definitely Christmas. They will just write Christmas, uh, is way more fun with little kids and family and everything, getting just dinners, conversations at dinners and everything. So anyway, I'm going to leave this likeness and because I am kind of artsy, I'm going to go ahead and sign this over here. Put my signature right there. And what is the date? Okay, that's kind of readable, but yeah. So here we have the my map that we just created. Let's try to get all that in the frame. So we've got the mind map that would just create it. And so your mind map will look something entirely different. But it's fun because with mind mapping, it's, you know, it's completely personal. You can do whatever you want to do. So yes, get out some paper, just regular paper. If you confined markers, all the better. If you don't, then just use a sharpie or, um, in that case, a pen or whatever it might be. Just go ahead and create your mind map. All right. See, in the next lesson, Dean. 6. Quick Start Challenge: time for a quick start challenge, man. That is one good looking my map. All right, so we just went through create this mind map. You've seen mine. I now want to see your mind maps. So definitely reach out on social media. Connect with me on Facebook or instagram. Either one will be just fine on Facebook. You can reach me at I should creativity, coach. And on Instagram, it's a lot more simple. You can reach me at Aisha Borrell. Also definitely use the hash tag mind map revolution Because that is exactly what I'm trying to create here. I want to get people mind mapping all over the world and sharing their mind maps with one another. So join in the revolution and share your mind maps here. Your mind maps with me and everyone else out there. All right, I look forward to see your mind. Met