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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042512780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425127803
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book if you want buy a book on the general idea about how to mindmap.
Female Reader
If you're a busy person who is who is interested in learning how to use mindmapping for business - you'll appreciate this concise book.
Brian J. Carroll
The book also covers other uses for mind maps, but not to the degree that it focuses on business.
Snorkledorf

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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Snorkledorf on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is divided into three sections:
1: two chapters as a brief introduction to the brain and creativity
2: one chapter on how to create mind maps
3: eight chapters covering ways that mindmaps can be used within a larger context of (as the book's title says) creativity and problem-solving. Specifically, there are chapters on writing, projects, brainstorming, meetings, to-do lists, presentations, learning, and overall personal growth.

One item of note is that "Mindmapping" has a very strong emphasis on teaching you how mind maps can be used in business settings. For example, the chapter on writing has a big section on business writing, and the meetings and presentation chapters are entirely business-related. The book also covers other uses for mind maps, but not to the degree that it focuses on business. If business-related mind map information is what you're looking for, then this may well be the book for you. If you're looking for a broader-based overview of uses for, and techniques of making, mind maps however, you might not be left entirely satisfied. "Mindmapping" lost one star in my rating because of this imbalance, which ideally should be mentioned in the title: "Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving IN BUSINESS" or some such.

The other star was lost for the tendency, mentioned in other reviews here, to get off the subject of mindmapping and examine tangentally-related issues such as general tips for running meetings and the like.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Carroll on October 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're a busy person who is who is interested in learning how to use mindmapping for business - you'll appreciate this concise book. If you're an intermediate mind mapper, (I've been mind mapping for 2 years) there's nothing new. The book heavily emphasizes business concepts so I don't recommend this book if you're not interested in business related mind mapping.

The author focuses on general business related matters, meetings, brainstorming, to-do list, writing, problem solving that are relevant points for business people. She doesn't get into advanced mindmapping concepts like Tony Buzan's, "The Mind Map Book." But it's 150 pages shorter.

The author began her own career in accounting, as a result of mind mapping, she is now is consulting on creativity matters for business... pretty amazing if you ask me.

Brian Carroll
Author of Lead Generation for the Complex Sale : Boost the Quality and Quantity of Leads to Increase Your ROI
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although Joyce Wycoff's book gets off to a very slow start, it later proves to be quite useful and inspiring.
The first sectioned bored me with too much "how to use this book" information and information about how the mind works. I kept wondering when in she going to tell me exactly what mindmapping is and how to use it. When will the commerical end? Also, Joyce sometimes loses focuses and starts lecturing me about "avoiding sexism" and the importance of using short words in my writing. This has nothing to do with mindmapping. The book would be better if it focused more on the technique of mind mapping itself.
There are some excellent and inspiring ideas, however, on how to use mind mapping. I've already used some of these ideas and the results have been quite satisfying. The material includes ideas on how to use mind mapping for:
Group brainstorming sessions. Creating and using To-Do lists. Preparing for and Making Presentations. Improving Learning Skills. Mapping for personal growth.
I highly recommend Wycoff's MINDMAPPING.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By James on September 21, 2006
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Mindmapping is easily a five star topic. It is a powerful way to visually show the structure of thoughts and of human memory. I'm an IT guy like one of the previous reviewers below, and I can vouch for mindmapping working wonders. Tony Buzan, who (I believe) invented it and has written much better books on the topic is some kind of genius.

This book, unfortunately, contains few examples of how to construct mindmaps. And those examples and explanations are poor quality. The very few diagrams are of very low monochrome stick figure quality - whereas the whole idea behind mind-mapping is to create a multi-color visual extravaganza to nurture visual thinking and the production of ideas. The paper it is printed on feels like the cheapest newsprint they could buy. It is not in color like Buzan's five star 1996 "Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential". It basically is an attempt to ride the coat-tails of a successful book on a hot topic by pulling in all those people who buy all the books they can find on a hot topic like mindmapping who want to get "as broad a perspective" on the topic as they can.

It rambles wildly page after page and in a totally unfocused series of scatter-brained essays about theories of creativity, how to write, how to conduct meetings, and etc that are potentially applications for mindmapping. The problem is that the execution of these chapters is horrible, and they don't really tie in mind-mapping into their unfocused thesis. After reading each of these chapters, the reader is left to their own devices to try to imagine how to apply mind-mapping to the applications listed.
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