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Idea Mapping: How to Generate and Capture Ideas

September 12, 2008

  1. One—Define your purpose for taking notes.
  2. Two—Where your brain goes, you will follow.
  3. Three—Two individuals’ idea maps on an identical topic will look different.
  4. Four—Just capture ideas. Order comes later.
  5. Five—Starting position: Follow the laws—for now.
  6. Six—Use key words, identify main branches versus subbranches, and learn to draw simple icons.
  7. Seven—A single key word generates more thoughts than a phrase.
  8. Eight—Get ideas for idea-mapping applications by seeing others’ examples.
  9. Nine—Try using software.
  10. Ten—Be patient with yourself. You’re learning a new skill!
  11. Eleven—Clearly identify a single, simple, and specific topic for the Team Mapping Method.
  12. Twelve—Always start the team mapping process by asking each participant to create an individual map around the defined topic
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