What is Idea Mapping?
Idea Mapping is a powerful whole-brained visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note-taking skills, thought organization, planning, creativity, and communication. It uses color, keywords, lines and images to connect thoughts associatively. Idea Maps are the natural expression of the way the brain processes information associatively. (See more examples on this site and many more on the Idea Mapping Blog.)
Idea Mapping is a simple and profound tool that helps individuals and organizations improve productivity, clarify thinking, save time, and enhance learning, while simultaneously producing incredible results. An Idea Map is a colorful, single-page diagram that visually captures ideas in a non-linear format and engages both hemispheres of the brain. This technique gives people the increased ability to more competently plan, organize, communicate, remember, innovate, and learn -- and accomplish these faster than ever before!
This approach frees you to think, see, and understand the whole picture far more efficiently than when using a multi-page, linear document outlining the same information. The associative process that Idea Mapping uses is easy to learn. Ready to get started? Watch an Idea Mapping Video Clip of Jamie creating an Idea Map during a TV interview.
Take an Idea Mapping Workshop taught by author Jamie Nast. For more information about Idea Mapping Courses, see the Idea Mapping Workshop Course Abstract. Not only will you learn how to create idea maps, but you will experience learning other skills that most adults believe to be impossible -- including "learning how to learn!"
"Being adaptable in a flat world, knowing how to "learn how to learn," will be one of the most important assets any worker can have..."
Thomas Friedman -- Author of The World is Flat, page 239
Idea Mapping Workshops can be followed by an Idea Mapping Certification course that will give you the necessary skills to teach Idea Mapping as part of your business or give you a much deeper understanding of the workshop content and creating Idea Maps.
Read the Idea Mapping book which teaches readers how to create and read idea maps, describes the three keys to developing idea maps, and guides readers in overcoming potential obstacles when initially learning this skill.
Idea Mapping (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., September 2006) includes a wide array of actual maps (and the stories behind them) created and used by 21 successful business people around the globe.
A CD-Rom (PC or MAC) is packaged with each Idea Mapping book and includes: a 21-day trial version of MindManager software by Mindjet (the world’s most successful mind mapping software provider), Flash demos that show this product in action, and PDFs that provide more information on how to use the software, as well as information on how others have used it themselves.
To help you discover how to Idea Map faster and increase your knowledge level, we offer: a Client Idea Maps area displaying your own Idea Maps or your fellow idea mappers' creations, and an idea mapping forum to then discuss your accomplishments.
Remember to check out our first custom-designed Idea Mapping Kit which will equip you with all the material needed to get started!
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Idea Mapping Blog UpdatesDec 06 13 Idea Map 442 – Frank Adams Maps a Sunapsis Software Presentation
Frank Adams is the Coordinator of IT for the Rinker Center for International Programs at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. I taught both an Idea Mapping Workshop and Memory Workshop there in October 2013. This is Frank’s first attempt at idea mapping real-time. Here is a Frank’s explanation of the idea map: “Sunapsis is an international student administration software [...]
Dec 05 13 Idea Map 441 – Scott Letwin Plans His Trip For Next Week’s Idea Mapping Workshop
Scott Letwin is no stranger to Idea Mapping, yet he’s determined to continue to grow in his knowledge of this tool and surround himself with other experts in this field. This Canadian is going to travel to Palm Beach, Florida next week to attend my public 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop along with Vanda North’s Mind [...]
Dec 01 13 2-Day Public Idea Mapping Workshop at Vanda North’s in Palm Beach
What a treat it will be to teach my Idea Mapping Workshop on December 11-12, 2013 at Vanda’s place in Palm Beach, Florida. It will also be great to see some of my returning certified instructors for a great time of fun and catching up! We have room for 1 more participant if anyone has [...]
Nov 14 13 Professor Olejniczak Presents Idea Mapping at American Evaluation Association 2013
Dr. Karol Olejniczak is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. He runs a program called EUROREG — an Academy of Evaluation which is financed and sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union. For the past 6 years I’ve been honored to teach Idea Mapping and MindManager software as the kick-off presenter for this 9-month [...]
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