“You give birth to that on which you fix your mind.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I love mind mapping. I use a simplified version of Tony Buzan’s Mind Maps I learned in a creativity workshop.
Creating a Plan for Your Activity
Although you can use this technique for any type of activity, I’ll demonstrate the process through planning my workshop: Prayer: It’s Aliiive! The workshop was based on two short stories from my book, Crumbled, Tumbled, Humbled—Saved.
Step 1. (Five minutes.) I sat comfortably with a piece of paper, a pen, and highlighters in different colors. In the center of the paper, I wrote Prayer Workshop and circled it. I fixed my mind on what an engaging workshop might look like.
Then I let my mind go wild. All over the paper, I wrote words or phrases that came to mind. I didn’t judge or cross out any jottings.
Like for popcorn, when ideas popped less frequently and finally stopped, I went to Step 2.
Step 2. (Two minutes.) I perused my jottings. I saw connections among various items. Usually three to five groups are identified. I recognized four in my workshop list.
I highlighted the items belonging to each group with a different color.
- simple & fun
- base on 2 stories and quotes on prayer
- story 1= Praise God!
- story 2 = Trinkets
- prayer beads
- dramatic readings
- quotes on prayer
- quotes by popular Christians
- quotes profound and personal
- scripture on handout: 1 Samuel 12:23
- decorate room with life-sized trinkets
- lesson through activities
- craft-store beads in shapes of story’s trinkets
- intro about how stories came about
- rainbow-colored prayer-chain cord
- divide into groups to discuss quotes
- books available to purchase
- token to take home as reminder
- handout to record bead shapes & people they represent for receiving prayer
- one hour
Step 3. (Three minutes.) I assigned descriptive headings to the groups. On the back of my paper, I made a table with the headings across the top. I placed the unique, color-coded jottings in their respective columns. My plan was complete.
|General Workshop Setup||Dramatic Reading||Quotes on Prayer||Participants Make Prayer Chains for Praying for Family & Friends|
|Simple & fun||Dramatic readings of 2 stories on prayer||Quotes by popular Christians||Prayer beads on cord represent family members and friends|
|One hour||Story 1= Praise God!||Quotes profound and personal||Craft-store beads in shapes of story’s trinkets (animals, stars, harts, etc.)|
|Lesson through activities||Story 2 = Trinkets||Divide into groups to discuss quotes||Rainbow-colored prayer-chain cord like in story|
|Base on 2 stories and quotes on prayer||Decorate room with life-sized trinkets –stuffed animals, etc.||Handout of quotes||Handout to record bead shapes and people they represent for receiving prayer|
|Intro: how stories came about||Quotes posted around room||Scripture on handout: 1 Samuel 12:23|
|Token to take home as reminder|
|Books (containing the 2 stories) available to purchase|
Sometimes items will fit under multiple headings, adding something different to each group. Also, more items may be added (see two not highlighted).
What is your favorite brainstorming method?
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