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How to generate awesome results & total engagement

I am a big fan of Mindmapping.

Developed by Tony Buzan it’s a quick, easy and visual way to generate ideas, organise material and summarise your notes.

It’s one of my ‘go to’ creative thinking tools along with Blitz.

On a recent trip to Singapore I showed the group that I was working with how they could use this tool in a fun way.

There is no right or wrong way to mindmap but here is the process i used:

– Agree upon the problem or challenge.

In this case we took a challenge and asked ourselves – how can we improve the results by 10 times.

– Divide the bigger group up into a number of smaller groups all working on the same challenge

– Ensure that every group member has their own pen and ideally a large canvas or whiteboard.

– Ready set go. Give the groups a maximum of five minutes to start mindmapping.

– Away we go. Each person can contribute their ideas where and when they wish – this is vital.

– After 5 minutes swap the groups around and have each one look at the existing (other groups) mindmap with fresh eyes and start enhancing their initial mindmap.

– Then each group returns to their original mindmap and after a few more minutes I asked them to evaluate their best idea.

– As a final step I suggested to the group that they take their best idea and spend another 5 minutes on making this idea – 10 times better.

The end result?

Some amazing ideas or solutions to a problem generated in minutes and total engagement by each member of the various groups.

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