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 UpdatesJul 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 [...]
Jul 24 14 Don't Miss Biggerplate Unplugged Berlin: The Mind Map Conference
On Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 9:00 – 17:00 in Berlin, Germany Biggerplate will host yet another Mind Map Conference. I was fortunate enough to both speak at and participate in the March conference earlier this year in San Francisco. It was very worthwhile to meet so many new people as well as colleagues I’d [...]
Jul 22 14 Idea Map 462 – An Association Game Called: Be the Hit of the party!
I recently did an Idea Mapping webinar for nearly 1,000 members of the Global PMI Communities of Practice. I took them through an activity that demonstrates the associative nature of our thinking and how an Idea Map is created based on our associations. John Pestotnik was one of those participating in the webinar. He developed a [...]
Jul 20 14 Join Jamie Nast For Her Public Idea Mapping Workshop in the UK Sept 17-18, 2014.
I am excited to announce that I will be teaching my Idea Mapping Workshop in Bournemouth, UK September 17-18, 2014. This workshop is open to the public and is limited to the first 20 who register. Here is the Course Abstract. The fee is $695 USD and you can register here for this event or any other Idea Mapping [...]
Jul 12 14 Making Meetings Better 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 [...]
Jul 10 14 Crossed New Milestone For Number of Trained Idea Mappers
I crossed the 23,000 mark! As of this moment I have trained 23,162 individuals in Idea Mapping. This new record was set as a result of last week’s 392 participants in the Idea Mapping DDM Leadership Series at NIH. In this graphic you can see that from 1992 thru 2001 I trained nearly 12,000 people. That’s [...]
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