The best way to unlock the information in your head

So, you’ve got something you need to write.

It might be a report you’ve had to do mountains of research on, until the facts and ideas are crowded and jostling against each other in your head. Or maybe it’s a document for which you have all the necessary facts in your mind already. Either way, now you need a way to get all that knowledge out of your head and onto the paper before you can go any further.

But what’s the best way to do this? How can you easily unlock all the information you need?

Enter, the mind map.

Now, you may have tried using mind maps in the past and felt they didn’t really work for you. But don’t dismiss them just yet.

In this video, Rob reveals how you can use them in different way: to tap into all the knowledge you already have (and realise the gaps in what you know that you’ll have to fill).

Watch the video to see us demonstrate how to quickly put this simple but powerful tool to work, and hear Rob explain:

  • the limitations of lists for planning a document, and a better way [0:27]
  • why even using the better technique is not ideal [2:01]
  • the tool you need to use instead of any kind of list [2:16]
  • the important approach you need to take in setting up your mind map (and what you must avoid doing) [2:51]
  • how you can use mind maps as part of your research process and to get past blocks [05:43].



This post is taken from a lesson in our online-training programme Emphasis 360, which improves your writing in practical, bite-sized weekly lessons. You can find out more about Emphasis 360 and preview more lessons for free here.

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