WHEN Tony Buzan couldnt find a book on how the human brain works, he decided to write one.
The librarian in my university would always point me to the medical section. The problem was I didnt want to know how to operate a brain, rather I was more interested to know how the brain operates, he recalls.
Buzan was in Malaysia recently for a one-day workshop entitled The Power of Creative Intelligence.
In 1964, he graduated with double Honours in Psychology, English, Mathematics and the General Sciences from the University of British Colombia in Canada and began developing ideas on the potential of the human brain.
In 1975, he wrote Use Your Head, which many regarded as the definitive guide for maximising ones mental skills.
He is also the inventor of Mind Maps, a learning technique described as The Swiss Army Knife of the Brain, and now used by over 250 million people worldwide.
He has written and co-written 92 books on the brain and accelerated learning including Master Your Memory, The Speed Reading Book and The Mind Map Book and recent title Mind Maps at Work: How to Be the Best at Work and Still Have Time to Play.
To date, his works have been published in over 125 countries and translated into 32 languages with over five million copies sold.
Over the past 30 years, Buzan has also made numerous radio and television appearances, most notably the Use Your Head series with BBC.
He has lectured in over 73 countries to an audience ranging from kindergarten children to university graduates to senior executives of Fortune 500 companies. He has worked as a consultant to multi-national companies such as British Petroleum, Barclays International, British Airways, IBM, Hewlett Packard and General Motors as well as serving as an advisor to governments.
Born in 1942, Buzan is also a prize-winning poet and founder of the Brain Trust Charity, the World Memory Championships and the World Championships of the Brain. He is also a co-founder of the Mind Sports Olympiad and originator of the Mental Literacy concept.
Dubbed the Mind Magician, he lectured in Creative Thinking and Psychology at university before taking a special teacher post with the Inner London Education Authority, where he specialised in teaching those labelled both suffering from learning disabilities, delinquent and gifted. By HOOI YOU CHING