We've all been there. We have an idea in our head, but what comes out looks nothing like it. Figuring out what is causing that difference to occur takes patience, critical thinking and some time management.

Working your way through your ideas can be a challenging feat that requires dedication. Bryan Mattimore, best-selling author of 21 Days to a Big Idea, says that creativity is key to a great business. "If you want to turn your idea into a great product, you need to be creative; and if you want to successfully sell a product, you ought to be creative, too," he writes. My fellow Inc. columnist Kate L. Harrison has shared some of Mattimore's tips. The author looks at the great minds like Thomas Edison who spent time writing down lists of wonderful ideas. Brainstorming long enough, themes begin to emerge of your ideas so you can hone in on what is you want to create.

We now have much better tools than Edison did back in the day, and it's high time to take advantage of them, Lucidchart is one of those options. It's available as an app, but can also run in a browser With Lucidchart, you can create mind maps that give you a picture of how your ideas fit together. There are three key ways that Lucidchart helps unlock your creativity.

Seeing the Big Picture

Mind maps are visual representations of how your ideas relate to each other. Lucidchart helps you quickly create clear diagrams and flowcharts that start with the central theme of your idea and then branch off with related concepts. Many people see visual learning as their dominant learning style.

Streamlining the Process

A thoughtfully designed and mature product, Lucidchart makes the brainstorming process easier, not harder.. Dedicated keyboard shortcuts, automatic layout and color selection means your new thoughts stay organized.

Bringing in Brains

What's the point of displaying your ideas if you can't communicate them? With the Lucidchart team membership, you can be joined by up to two other collaborators. That means no more needing to coordinate different version or files over email or Slack channels.

What seem like flashes of genius are often the result of a long-burning fuse of connected ideas. Tools such as Lucidchart take a collaborative process once confined to a room and makes it accessible from anywhere.

Published on: May 19, 2017
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