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 UpdatesSep 16 14 More Idea Maps and Mind Maps from Luther College Principles of Management Students. Examples 465-468.
This is the first set of Idea Mapping examples from Dr. Tim Schweizer’s Winter 2013 Principles of Management students. I have been blogging about Tim’s work with his students since October 2009 — shortly after he attended one of my Idea Mapping Workshops. Search this blog on “Luther College” for more examples. Tim has developed a solid process to successfully [...]
Sep 04 14 Idea Map 464 – Big Green Egg Lamb Loin Chop Recipe
My husband’s new love over the last year has been his Big Green Egg. It is a ceramic cooker that functions as an oven, a smoker and a grill. The forums are adequate for getting ideas on prep, recipes, timing, internal meat temps and some photos. However the posts rarely include all of these. My [...]
Sep 04 14 MindManager 15 Preview Events
For MindManager users you won’t want to miss these upcoming webinars. Today at 1pm EST you can get a preview of the new MindManager 15 and on September 8th you can get an overview of the new version specifically as it relates to managing projects. Sign up for either of these: SEPT 4th - Exclusive Preview: The [...]
Aug 26 14 Better Brainstorming with the Meetings Jetpack by Mindjet
If you want to take your meetings to the next level consider using Mindjet’s new Jetpack. Mindjet has put together a package of tools, templates and tips to help you turn meetings back into a way of collaborating, making decisions and getting things done. The Meeting Jetpack provides the methodology and mechanisms to make all your meetings [...]
Aug 04 14 Biggerplate Interviews Jamie Nast About Upcoming UK Workshop
Today Biggerplate posted an interview with me on their blog page. The interview highlights some of my background, how I first came across mind mapping, my perceived benefits of mapping, and a bit about my upcoming workshop in the UK September 17-18, 2014 in Bournemouth. Course fee is $695 USD. Registration is limited to 24 [...]
Jul 31 14 Idea Map 463 – The Positive Dog
Meet James White. He uses Idea Mapping to amplify self-help reading. I’ll let him tell you the rest: “I’m a fan of self-help books but I often come across the problem that I can’t remember everything I read. To solve this problem, I started creating mind maps to outline important quotes, key pages that I [...]
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