Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Gelb
Narrator: Michael Gelb
Genres: Non-Fiction, Self Development, Psychology
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio/Nightingale-Conant
Published In: April 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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Your thinking process is free-flowing and highly individualized, so you need a method of organizing your thoughts that is uniquely your own. It's time you discovered Mind Mapping, a marriage of logic and imagination that allows you to balance the formation and organization of ideas while encouraging a full range of mental expression.

A Mind Map® begins with a symbol or picture representing your topic and serving as the home base for creative associations. Completed, a Mind Map is colorful, imaginative and expressive of what is distinctively you. Use the breakthrough tool of Mind Mapping to:

Think faster and more creatively
Get more work done in far less time
Develop an "I Can" attitude
Awaken your power to learn
Identify talents you never knew you had

Reviews (10)

Excellent technique

Written by Elena Garrett from Dallas, TX on February 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found the book very useful. I have heard of this method before, but didn't know how to use it on practice, and now I am very glad that I got the CD! I am still in school, and this technique really helps me with my written assignments. Now I am looking forward to them! I also found the life mapping exercise very useful and though-provoking. I am giving the book all 5 stars, although I agree that it is a bit watered down at times.

Good but so much filler

Written by Mason Murphy on December 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

he said in hours what he could have said in 5 minutes...I HATE TESTIMONIALS.. and this is full of self success testimony. Aside from this it was a wonderful idea and is very usable in everything I ever have to think or mind map out.


Written by B. R. on November 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Although the techniques in this book may have value (and even be natural) for creative people without strict time-constraints, overall they just seemed over-blown and bottom-line impractical for time-constrained business-type purposes. For example, in a business meeting how is it at all practical to draw images/symbols with different colors to illustrate essentially chronological and fast-paced events and concepts, as in the "minutes" of the meeting? Also, although seemingly very supportive on the "surface", the author was actually perceived by me to be condescending. Like these mind-mapping techniques are the best thing since sliced bread, whereas they are just very creative methods for note-taking (and idea generation). Perhaps it does have its place, but I just don't see its value in trying to use it for general daily business purposes. And even though it might be great for use in specific instances or in your personal life, traditional methods are almost as good.

Mind Napping is more like it

Written by Anonymous on May 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Outlines a series of techniques that creative people do anyway, and non-creative people aren't likely to adopt. Has the added disadvantage of explaining in detail what you shouldn't be doing - so that if you have been doing it right (i.e. being effortlessly creative), now you understand how everyone else thinks that makes it so hard for them to be creative - with the implication that you will start doing it that way too. Too repetive and self-congratulatory as well. Could finish the first disk!

Mind Mapping

Written by Dottie Thompson from Mount Joy, PA on September 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This particular book put me to sleep a little faster than usual. I couldn't read the whole book. It just didn't hold my attention.

Mind Mapping

Written by Philly from N.O. on August 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Ok, I learned this stuff in high school though. How to take notes and organize yourself and thoughts. Worth reading I guess if you are disorgannized.


Written by DG on January 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was able to apply the skills right away. Easy to follow and fun !!


Written by Anonymous on September 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A few good ideas but for the most part impractical and over hyped in value

Mind Mapping

Written by Anonymous from Burlington, MA on March 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

There are some good usable ideas but some fluff too. When do I have time to draw pictures, symbols and colored line to map-chart during heated meetings or during notes taking. Some of these techniques may not be practical for busy excecutives. Any way some interesting thoughts. These techniques may work if you are doing a preparation for presentations or working alone at home or at work. During the busy day with room full of people, forget it!

Good Introduction

Written by Anonymous from Beavercreek, OH on March 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good introduction into mind mapping as a brainstorming tool.

Author Details

Author Details

Gelb, Michael

"Michael Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. Through his New York metro-area based High Performance Learning Center, Michael Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as BP, Compaq, Dow Jones, DuPont and KPMG. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

A retired professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael is the creator of the Juggling Metaphor Method and the author of More Balls Than Hands: Juggling Your Way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Training Magazine. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual and on numerous radio programs including live interviews with NPR and the BBC World Service. Michael has led executive education programs at George Mason University and the Wharton School, and was recently awarded a Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.

A passionate student of the Renaissance and the nature of genius, Michael book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, has been translated into 18 languages and appeared on the best-seller lists of the Washington Post, Amazon.com, and the New York Times. A third degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Michael is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.

Some experts say that less than 2% of the population can attain a genius level. However, Michael Gelb feels that everyone possesses enormous creative and intellectual potential. Michael feels that new techniques can be learned that could help everyone live sharper, more creative lives, and that studying the lives and minds of geniuses from the past is the key to unlocking these techniques."