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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.)

Kaizad Irani's Idea Map

   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.

How Can You Learn to Idea Map Successfully?

   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. 

  Whether you’re an overwhelmed businessperson, an overworked entrepreneur, or someone who just wants to solve problems better and faster, Idea Mapping is a perfect guide for anyone who wants to work more efficiently -- and achieve success in business and life.  Jamie Nast brings her practical workshop right to the reader.

  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!

Idea Mapping Book Endorsement (More Endorsements)

"Jamie Nast’s work in Idea Mapping enables those with creative minds to clearly lay out their thinking process and those who are more process-minded to become creative.  If your organization is looking for a pragmatic, step-by-step guide to this valuable tool of Idea Mapping, this is it."
                         Chris Brown - Executive Vice President,
                         DTE Energy Resources, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Jamie Nast shows you a revolutionary method to capture your thinking processes.  Don't underestimate the simplicity of Idea Mapping because therein lies its genius.  
              Scott Hagwood -- Four-time USA Memory Champion
                                       Author of Memory Power

Idea Mapping Blog Updates

Apr 08 14   Jamie Nast Featured in Using Mind Maps Magazine April 2014
I am honored to be feature in the April 2014 edition of the Using Mind Maps Magazine. This magazine’s first edition debuted May of 2013. You can view this magazine on the iPad or iPhone along with the back issues. The article I wrote tells the story of of my Mind Mapping/Idea Mapping journey.

Apr 06 14   New Friends and More Photos From Biggerplate Unplugged Event
March 20, 2014 was the first Biggerplate Unplugged event held in the USA in San Francisco. I was privileged to be one of the speakers. You can see an idea map of the entire speaker line-up at my Feb 25, 2014 posting. Here is a brief description of these photos from top-down. Long time friend and Mindjet [...]

Mar 28 14   Biggerplate Unplugged Mind Mapping Event in San Francisco
March 20, 2014 was the first Biggerplate Unplugged event held in the USA in San Francisco. This successful event is sure to be just the start of many to come. This day was a great opportunity to meet new friends and re-acquaint with old. Top photo is my first meeting with the Biggerplate team members [...]

Mar 17 14   Idea Maps or Mind Maps 456-457 From 9-11 Year Old Children
Meet Lindsey Cranfield. Lindsey teaches 9-11 year old pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School in West Sussex, UK. I was introduced to Lindsey after teaching a 1-day Idea Mapping Workshop for PRA International’s Annual Leadership Retreat in Orlando, FL in May 2013. One of the PRA executives from England returned home after the event to discover [...]

Mar 05 14   Vanda North and Jamie Nast Team Up For USA and UK Idea Mapping and Mind Chi Events.
LOOK OUT! Here comes Vanda North & Jamie Nast together in one package for two spectacular 3-day events. Vanda and I have been doing work together since 1992 and have finally put our passions together as a joint offering for participants (or just one of the workshops if timing does not permit you to join [...]

Feb 25 14   Idea Map or Mind Map 455 – Biggerplate Unplugged Conference Agenda
I created this idea map for the upcoming Biggerplate Conference on March 20, 2014 in San Francisco. I wanted to show a larger picture, so double-click on the image to clear up the distortion. Each branch on this visual agenda represents a speaker, break or other event session. For each speaker there is a link to [...]

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3-Page Idea Mapping article
from Purdue University's quarterly Krannert Magazine for alumni of the School of Management.

Jamie Nast's Idea Mapping QRC

Jordan Idea Mapping Workshop YouTube Video

3-Minute YouTube Video from Idea Mapping Workshop in Jordan

The next public Idea Mapping Workshop is scheduled for Sept 17-18, 2014 in England. See abstract.

Certification Workshop for Idea Mapping Instructors Dec 3-7, 2014
in Palm Beach, FL
See certification process
and prerequisites
.

Project Management Professionals(PMPs)
can earn 15 PDUs by attending the
Idea Mapping Workshop
and reporting PDUs under Category 4 -"Other Providers"

 

Idea Mapping Kit Get this custom-designed
Idea Mapping Kit

NEW MEMORY WORKSHOPS!

These 1-day workshops are now available for your company.  See the abstracts for Memory Power or Memory & Speed Reading courses.

For New Idea Maps each week, hints, and lots of Idea Mapping fun visit the

Idea Mapping Blog

Press, Articles & Events
for info on Idea and Mind Mapping Articles, TV appearances, and Webinars. Watch Jamie's BCTV appearance where she creates an idea map for viewers.

Photos of Idea Mapping

workshops and related items can be viewed here

Jamie Nast - Idea Mapping author"Please join me for an Idea Mapping Workshop soon!  In addition to having fun, you'll learn many other valuable skills in addition to Idea Mapping -- skills you can immediately apply to your business and life."

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