Broaden your horizons with mind mapping

An introduction to mind mapping as a productivity tool and thinking technique with fascinating repercussions.

Invented by Tony Buzan, an expert on the brain and memory, mind mapping can be used in many situations, including in translation and interpretation. A mind map is an easy way to organise ideas and thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually sort your ideas and use space, colour and evocative pictograms to aid analysis and recall. The tool can be applied to tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject. The non-linear graphical layout helps build an intuitive framework around the subject. Mind maps are colourful, fun and useful. Most importantly, they work in line with your brain's natural way of doing things, which is why they are so effective.

Having learnt the technique in Paris with Frédéric Le Bihan, the director of l’école française de l’heuristique, Emma Paulay has been mind mapping since 2013 and is in the throes of becoming a qualified trainer. She is particularly interested in the zoom-in, pan-out aspects of a mind map which correspond to the human thought processes and can help planning and organisation.

This presentation intends to incite participants to try the technique for themselves and demonstrates its usefulness in family and work situations with examples drawn from translating, teaching and event planning.

Emma draws her maps by hand or with software and will explain the pros and cons of each.

By the end of this presentation, you should be itching to run to the nearest stationer’s!

Emma is a French to English translator, based in Le Mans, France. After fifteen years in the newspaper circulation business in Paris, she embarked on a second career as a freelance translator. She became a qualified member of ITI in 2014.

Specialised in sports and texts for publication, Emma’s favourite documents demand creativity and lateral thinking. She forms part of a team of translators who produce much of the English content for the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team works on site during race week every year.

A keen runner, from cross-country to marathon, Emma enjoys being part of a group and sharing whatever knowledge comes her way. She is a member of several business clubs and associations in Le Mans.

Emma is a dissertation tutor at the school of design in Nantes, helping Information Design Masters’ students structure their ideas to produce a clear, coherent research project.