"I suspect that the reason mind maps works so well is that they engage
your visual intelligence and provide a way to navigate a much larger
space of ideas in a smaller visual field."
In his article relaying the benefits of mind maps, Forbes guest reporter Dan Woodsis, uses examples from Evolved Technologist to show how complex projects and ideas can be managed over time.
An open source version of mind mapping software can be downloaded at http://sourceforge.net/projects/freemind/
Mind mapping allows for two-dimensional views of information that traditional outlining prohibits. When working with clients on creating presentations, I work to get people away from the traditional linear way of thinking through information. In our visual age, the linear approach does little to help us think and communicate in an effective way. Mind maps are another way to help us move away from the linear and improve communication.