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Lotus Diagram Template

Visualize themes and explore alternative paths.

About the Lotus Diagram template

What is a Lotus Diagram?

A Lotus Diagram is a brainstorming and organization tool. It helps define key concepts or parts of a broader picture. The center of the diagram represents the main idea, with eight surrounding boxes representing ancillary concepts.

Brainstorming can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, your team comes in with a thousand ideas they’re ready to share. Other times, the well runs dry. A Lotus Diagram can empower you to run smoother, more effective brainstorming sessions.

How to use a Lotus Diagram template

Start with a central idea or theme, and then expand outwards with solution areas or related themes in an iterative manner. The technique encourages you to have a fully fleshed-out idea space before you consider the idea completed.

What are the benefits of using Lotus Diagrams?

Benefit 1

Have better brainstorming sessions. Lotus Diagrams encourage lateral thinking. If people get stuck, you can return to the diagram to generate ideas that might be tangentially related to your main topic. 

Benefit 2

Promote logical thinking. In using a Lotus Diagram, you’re constantly filing topics according to their relationship to the main topic. That makes it a helpful tool for keeping your meetings focused and on task.

Benefit 3

Foster creativity. A Lotus Diagram encourages you to ask critical, incisive questions about the main topic, generating new ideas for discussion.

Benefit 4

Break down complex ideas. Lotus Diagrams can be useful for discussing complex topics with many moving parts. By uncovering related ideas, you can better understand the main idea at the center of the diagram.

Getting started with Miro's Lotus Diagram template

When you use Miro to create the Lotus Diagram, you can:

  • Have endless space for your collaboration. Brainstorm ideas with your distributed teammates as if you were all in one room, engage everyone in front of your online whiteboard to ideate and discuss all topics together.

  • Customize and fill out the Lotus Diagram template as you go along. Change colors and add sticky notes and arrows to experiment with different ideas.

  • Upload documents and images to make your collaboration and ideation session more visual and vivid.

  • Save your completed Lotus Diagram in .JPEG or .PDF to always have it ready to view.

Lotus Diagram Template

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