Mind mapping for brainstorming as a group

Mind mapping is a powerful tool for brainstorming. Without it, I’d find it much more difficult to write articles about complex topics. But mind mapping isn’t only for individuals. Groups can also harness its power.

“I think mind mapping would be great for group brainstorming.” It’s funny, but members of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR) made similar comments when I spoke to them about mind mapping on April 28. For example, PAICR members thought it would be a good way to discuss investment commentary ideas with portfolio managers.

I imagine a group would appoint one person to draw a mind map on a flip chart, with input from other members of the group. However, I suggest some other options in the mind map embedded below. Click on it to see a larger image.

YOUR group mind mapping ideas?

How about you? How do YOU suggest mind mapping as a group?

May 2013 update: Since I published this post, I learned that you can use mind mapping software for online collaboration. For example, I’ve shared one of my maps created in MindMeister with a client to help him brainstorm how to organize his draft. Also, here’s a MindJet video that suggests how you can use it to manage a product launch. The mind map above was created using Mindomo.

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  1. Sharyn Nilsen
    Sharyn Nilsen says:

    GroupMap has excellent collaborative mind mapping functionality along with dozens of other templates which help organizations to plan and manage their business. They’re especially useful for teams dispersed across different locations or who want to invite external participants to various brainstorming processes. They have a free trial which is handy for checking out the range of features before you decide to buy.

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