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I would like to think of myself as an experienced or heavy user of mind maps. I have read several books and taken a few courses on the subject. What's more, I have been using this visual system of learning for over half a decade now. So when I came across this book, especially with its title of improving memory, concentration, communication, organization, creativity, and time management, my curiosity was piqued.
I have to say, I was very pleased and quite impressed. It is no doubt a complete resource on the subject of mind maps. There are very few books I have come across that are as exhaustive and thorough as this one. It discusses everything you need to know about mind maps, how to put one together, how to make them more elaborate, and everything in-between. Plus, there is extensive dialogue about the wide-ranging uses and application.
Ken does a remarkable job of explaining concepts in a way where the information is intuitive and just clicks. One of the subjects I have always struggled with is writing. It takes me forever to figure out what I want to say and how to organize my thoughts. Fortunately, Ken devotes an entire chapter to this area. He breaks down the writing process, especially with mind maps, in a way where it made a lot of sense to me. It was so obvious on what to do. It really perked up my writing skills to where now I can more naturally articulate my thoughts for articles, reports, and detailed emails to my boss and co-workers.
You can expect this level of forethought and consideration with all the other disciplines this book discusses such as researching, brainstorming, and planning. He spends significant time elaborating on each discipline, and shows you how to employ mind maps to excel in those disciplines. At the end of the book, the author tells us his goal was to help people become better reader, writer, note taker, learner, and user of information. He undoubtedly achieves this in more ways than one.
Most readers will appreciate the writing as it is never stale. Although the instructions are clear-cut and although you are exploring a process that tends to have repetitive instructions of 'starting in the middle and branching out,' the author always finds unique ways to deliver the information. If an instruction does not make sense, there are plenty of real world examples and illustrations that guide you along. The best part is that the illustrations are very explicit. You can truly see how a mind map unfolds in different context and environments.
It is a book that will be useful for all levels. Beginner level mind mappers will find the easy instructions and detailed examples very accessible. Moderate level mind mappers will find a lot of new and interesting ways to apply mind maps. Although I feel the lessons and instructions are geared toward beginner and moderated level users, advanced level mind mappers can still gain tremendous value. The author provides scores of tips and tricks, and numerous lines of attack so most anyone is sure to uncover aspects they hadn't heard or recognized before. Ken also includes a section on other visual tools like flow charts and concept maps, which almost all books lack. In a paragraph at the end of the section he talks about borrowing facets from these other systems, which in my opinion, is truly the evolution of mind maps.
Having expressed all this, I am not saying this is the greatest book ever written. With respect to mind maps, I feel it is definitely one of the better ones if not the best one out there. I highly advocate investigating it further as it is a great book to begin your exploration of mind maps. Tony Buzan, creator of this technique, would himself be proud.