Tony Buzan is a noted author and speaker in the field of personal development.
The method he bases much of his work upon is called mind mapping. He is
considered a pioneer and expert in the field of utilizing brain power to become
successful in life. His personal development ideas have helped countless
business executives, athletes, and ordinary people to improve their lives.
The Background of Tony Buzan
Tony Buzan was born on June 2, 1942 in
Palmers Green, Middlesex. Accounts of his early life portray Buzan as a bright,
inquisitive child who seemed destined for success. He developed an early
fascination for how the brain and mind work, and developed this interest into a
career that teaches others how to use their brains for maximum results.
Mental Literacy And Tony Buzan
Tony Buzan coined the phrase 'mental
literacy' to describe the aim of his work. He compares the brain to a highly
functional supercomputer that is capable of great achievement as long as it is
fed the languages it can understand. Through the proper approach, Tony Buzan
teaches it is possible to harness under-utilized brain power to become more
successful in all areas of life.
Tony Buzan has lectured and written
extensively on his personal development ideas in areas such as creativity,
memory, speed reading, genius quotients, and spiritual intelligence. Perhaps his
most well known work is in mind mapping.
Tony Buzan And Mind Mapping
Mind maps are popular in the business world as a form of organization of
ideas or brainstorming. Rather than listing ideas in a linear fashion, a mind
map display is more like tree branches. Ideas, words, or tasks are arranged
around a central idea. This helps to better visualize how to accomplish a task.
It also facilitates writing or decision making. Mind maps even help with memory
recall. Tony Buzan suggests these steps when creating a mind map:
Place an image that represents a goal or task in the center of the page.
2. Use colors, symbols, codes, dimensions, and images when creating a mind map.
3. Summarize your points into keywords and print them using lower or upper
4. Try to keep each image or word in it's own space so it
is distinct from other images or words.
5. All the images and words
should be connected to the main image in the center. The images closer to the
center should be the most important and represented with thicker lines. As
images progress further away from the center, the connecting lines should become
6. The length of the connecting line should be of equal length
with it's word or image.
7. Various colors should be used for visual
appeal and also as a means of grouping images and thoughts.
8. Create a
personalized style when making a mind map so it has meaning.
certain parts of the mind map and highlight associations between related areas.
10. Make sure the mind map is easy to understand by using some sort of
organizational structure when placing the words or images onto paper such as
numbering them or using a radial hierarchy.
Books By Tony Buzan
Tony Buzan has written several
personal development books that aim to teach the reader how to
increase mind power to improve a personal, professional, or
educational aspect of life.
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• "Use Your Head" was
originally published in 1974 and was revised in 2010. This is
one of the more popular personal development books by Tony
Buzan. It has sold over one million copies and has been
translated into over 35 languages. In this book, Buzan helps
readers improve their ability to solve problems, become more
creative, improve memory, become open to change, and read,
think, and react faster.
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where users have given this book 4 stars out of 5.
• "Speed Memory" was
published in 1977. This book contains personal development
advice from Tony Buzan as it relates to developing a powerful
memory. Using the techniques in the book, readers can gain
better recall of names, statistics, dates, and faces, so they
can operate more efficiently in school, at work, and in
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More and more books are also becoming available as ebooks and
• "Make the Most of Your Mind" was
first published in 1984 and is now available as an audio book
in addition to a print book. This work by Tony Buzan contains
personal development advice and exercises that helps readers
sharpen thinking skills and memory recall. By working through
the techniques provided, readers can also improve creativity,
analytical skills, logical thinking, and reading comprehension.
• "Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Mind-Mapping
Techniques" is a book by Tony Buzan that was published in
1991. This book presents scientific research about brain
science and how using both sides of the brain can stimulate
better creativity and improved performance in life.
"Speed Reading" by Tony Buzan was first published in 1971 and
has been updated and re-released several times since then. It
is another of the more popular personal development books by
Tony Buzan. In this work, he teaches the art of speed reading
with the goal of helping readers become more creative, think
faster, study more successfully, and increase their knowledge
in a short time.
• "The Mind Map Book" was originally
published in 1996. The full title is "The Mind Map Book: How
to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped
Potential." This book explains how to use mind maps for
personal or business growth. In this work, Tony Buzan provides
examples of mind maps and offers advice so readers can develop
their own. The book is suitable for corporations, students,
artists, athletes, and individuals who want to maximize the
use of their brain power to achieve more success in life.
• "Mind Maps at Work: How to Be the Best at Your Job and
Still Have Time to Play." This book was published in 2005 and
is filled with tips, exercises, and examples for workplace
related mind maps. The goal of the book is to help motivate
employees to become more successful and improve job
• "How to Mind Map" was published in 2006
and as the title suggests, this book by Tony Buzan helps
readers understand the step-by-step process of mind mapping.
This books makes it easy for beginners to understand the
concept and develop their own mind maps that will help them
come up with creative ideas, plan projects, excel in school,
and be more productive at work.
• "Buzan's Study Skills:
Mind Maps, Memory Techniques, Speed Reading" is targeted to
students and was published in 2007. Tony Buzan uses this work
to teach students brain maximizing skills such as speed
reading and memory improvement so they can excel in school and
do better on exams.
• "The Memory Book: How to Remember
Anything You Want." This book was published in 2010 and is
targeted towards individuals who want to develop super memory
powers. Tony Buzan presents techniques in this book for
training your memory to hold onto vast amounts of data so you
can excel in school or at work.
Accomplishments of Tony
Tony Buzan not only teaches others how to get the
most from life, he has built a successful life using the
personal development advice he gives in his books and lectures.
His work was the subject of a BBC series called "Use Your
Head." He co-founded the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London
and the Mind Sports Olympiad. He also founded the Brain
Foundation, the Brain Trust Charity, the World Championships
of the Brain, and the World Memory Championships.
Buzan is a highly sought after motivational speaker, and has
made numerous TV appearances. He has lectured to college
students, heads of corporations, and governments. He has
received awards for his public speaking ability and for his
contribution to the field of brain science.
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