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Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving Paperback – June 1, 1991
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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.
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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Was delivered in perfect condition and quick! GREAT BOOK that teaches you how to compartmentalize and organize so you can achieve your goals!!— Becca TebonPublished on June 25, 2013 by B Tebon
I have purchased so many books and every one has been well written, great information and worth owning. This book is no exception. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.Published on December 21, 2012 by Jeanine M. Weintz
I bought this book in conjunction with the "for Dummies" book. The book is very dated. As such, the topics discussed don't relate to the up to date Mindjet software.Published on September 6, 2012 by Bob NC
I am new at using mindmapping as an effective tool. My interest in picking up the book was to enhance note taking at school, and to encapsulate information as I read other books. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by timn8r
I bought this as a compainion guide for an audio CD I bought on Mind Mapping. It is the range at the company I work for. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Mr. Kenley C. Vogt