POLL: Which mind mapping solution works best for you?

Mind mapping is a powerful tool for brainstorming, analysis, and presentations. I know a handful of advisors and investment professionals who feel passionately about the value of mind mapping. I do, too.

You can create mind maps with paper and pencil or on the computer. I prefer the old-fashioned way, so I asked some of my social media friends what they use and why.


“I chose Mindjet because it has the most extensive array of templated maps as compared to other systems. For example Mindjet has ready made templeted maps for business plans, story outlines, SWOT analysis, etc. I have found Mindjet to be very useful in this regard and as I have used them for our company strategy sessions and general brainstorming,” says Alex Murguia of McLean Asset Management.


Jude Boudreaux of Upperline Financial likes Mindmeister.

I’ve used it, too, because the basic version is free and pretty easy to pick up.


Russ Thornton of Wealthcare Capital Management is one of my favorite resources for new technology. Here’s what Russ says:


Dave Grant of  Vantage Financial Partners says, “I use xmind as a project management tool. We have monthly meetings and each meeting is its own “spoke” from the main subject, then each discussion in that meeting is its own “sub-spoke.” You can see see a year’s worth of project in a quick glance – great tool.”

Paper and pencil

Like Nathan Gehring of MyFirstFinancialPlanner.com, I like paper and pencil.

I imagine that when children learn mapping in school, as I discussed in “What your kids can teach you about writing,” they use paper and pencil.

If you’re not familiar with mind mapping…

There’s a decent introduction to mind mapping on Wikipedia.

Please answer my poll on mind mapping solutions, which you’ll find in the right-hand column of this blog. If you don’t see your software listed there, you can add it. I also included paper and pencil as an option.

Here are links to the software options listed above:

If none of these options work for you, you’ll find more listed in my 2008 post on “More options for mind mapping.” To learn more about using mind mapping in your blogging, check out my class on “How to Write Blog Posts People Will Read.”

10 replies
  1. Brian James
    Brian James says:

    I used to use paper and pencil. Now, I use MindGenius software for managing meetings and projects. Software is much better than hand drawn maps

  2. Susan Weiner CFA
    Susan Weiner CFA says:

    Brian, Prasad, and Bob,
    Thank you for adding your suggestions.

    I’m posting the following comment from LinkedIn with the commenter’s permission:

    I’ve used MindGenius which was very good in that you can import into Word and Powerpoint. I have also used Freemind. Not as integrated but it does a job and so a big thank you to those that created it and let us use if for free. Thank you! http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
    Posted by Jonathan Buckley

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