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Workshop on ‘mind mapping’ ups efficiency
By a staff reporter April 01, 2014
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Sharjah: Knowledge without Borders (KWB) concluded on Monday a workshop on “Mind Mapping,” with the participation of more than 60 employees from various government departments in the emirate of Sharjah.

Organised by the Knowledge without Borders, the two-day mind mapping training course was designed to teach the participants how to use the mind mapping technique to better arrange their ideas and enhance the efficiency of learning.

The workshop, held at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was presented by Dr Yousuf Al Khadr, a leading Kuwaiti coach and expert in the field of management and human development and one of pioneers in presenting workshops on speed reading, mind mapping and improving memory.

In his introduction, Al Khader defined mind mapping as a successful graphical technique to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping to better analyse, comprehend, synthesise, recall and generate new ideas. He stated that mind mapping is a diagram to visually outline information, as a mind map is often created around a single word or text, or book placed in the centre, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added, taking the shape of map. Through this technique, one can summarise a book or a lecture in one paper, he added.

Dr Al Khader noted that the mind map has several uses, including summarising, brainstorming, note taking, improving memory, research and article writing, and scenario analysis.

He noted that major global companies now depend on using mind maps within the work environment, to help their employees to be creative and excel in their work. Among these companies are Microsoft, Walt Disney, BP British Petroleum, IBM and HSBC, Dr Al Khader said.

He added that the mind map depends on four basic principles in dealing with words and ideas, which are: image, word, arrangement, and using the power of the mind. Man can use the mind map to solve a problem, organise a trip or party or any social occasion, or to summarise a lecture, and even to improve memory for memorising lessons and books and scientific information.

Dr Al Khader gave examples of the easiest and most common methods of shorthand writing, which depend on symbols because human’s brain responses better as symbols increase the curiosity and concentration, leading to rapid interpretation and understanding. The participants learnt about note-taking skills, and how to read an entire book in one hour, as well as ways to get rid of repeated and symbolic words.

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