A short course in Mindmaps for lawyers
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Pioneered by Tony Buzan (see below) the approach, among others, is to stimulate thinking, encourage creativity, offer flexibility in presentations, clarify interrelationships, avoid the problems with linear outlines, create greater listener contact and permit flexibility and responsiveness in the presenter.
The Mindmap concept can be adequately explained in text – such as in the various books on the subject. However, it has more meaning when discussed as a group. I often presented this topic – Mindmapping for Lawyers – at National Institute of Trial Advocacy programs.
Agenda The course I offer to law firms is 30-40 minutes, suitable for a breakfast or lunch meeting. The typical agenda is:
- What is mindmapping?
- Why use it? What are the advantages to the lawyer?
- Example of using of the tool: Outline briefs/memos, opening/closing statements, motion argument, appeals, witness examination, case organization.
- Work through and develop some short examples.
- How to integrate it into your practice.
- Using computer mindmapping tools – Mindgenius.
It is helpful if a few lawyers can have a general outline of a motion, case, witness examination or appeal they can present and the group can then mindmap it.
Use Both Sides of Your Brain, Chapter 3, Tony Buzan, E.P. Dutton, NY, 1983.
The Brain Book, Chapter 7, Peter Russell, E.P. Dutton, NY, 1979.