I have been using mind maps since quite some time – they are great tools in a brainstorming process, and they can be very useful when creating new concepts for events.
Even better when you can use them online, to work in real time with remote team members on the same topic. Linking everyone via Skype or Google Hangouts and then working on the same mind map in real time almost feels like you’re in the same room.
The tool I am using is called MindMeister, and they just recently introduced new features for their services. Among them is the Presentation Mode, and that is particularly interesting for events. It gives you online and screen presentation mode options.
Using such a mind map at an event, you can
- Collect audience feedback
- Create a common manifesto
- Start a WIKI map, that delegates can edit during the event or afterwards and that can be easily shared via social channels.
Check out the new presentation mode feature in this short video.
Other available online services are
- Spicy Nodes
- Mind 42
- Lucid Chart
- …and of course Google Docs!