If you need help understanding what mind mapping software is, what it can do and the specialized terminology that surrounds it, my new series of How-to Guides can help you.
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How-to Guides are collections of the best content from the Mind Mapping Software Blog, curated into topic-specific collections. For those of you who are new to mind mapping software, the How to Get Started guide is a perfect primer. Next, dig into the Elements of Effective Mind Maps guide, which will help you to understand what all of the pieces are in a typical mind map and what their functions are.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of mind mapping software, you can explore the resources in the Business Uses and Benefits of Mind Mapping Software guide. From there, dig deeper into the areas of creativity and brainstorming, plus learn how to collaborate and manage team projects more effectively. Finally, expand your mental frame beyond mind mapping and explore the bigger world of which it’s a part – visual thinking.
These guides solve a specific problem of a blog like this one: I’ve invested over 7 years creating quality content, including many informational and “how-to” articles. As new content gets added, the older posts get pushed further down and don’t get found by the very people who need them in order to learn how to become better visual mappers and thinkers. These guides give me a tool to “surface” these articles, making them much easier for you to find and benefit from them.
This is just the start. Watch for additional guides in the coming months. If you have any suggestions on topics I should cover in future How-to Guides, please let me know in the comments area below.