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 UpdatesFeb 02 16 Biggerplate Mind Mapping Conference in NYC
Biggerplate Unplugged is making its next stop in New York City on March 10, 2016. This is the only event in the world completely dedicated to mind mapping that brings together users, experts, and software developers to share their experiences. I was privileged to be one of the speakers at the first USA Biggerplate Unplugged event [...]
Jan 14 16 Boeing 2015 – A Look Back at 8 Idea Mapping Workshops
[There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed. Visit the blog entry to see the video.] Last year I was honored to teach 8 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops to Boeing employees in the Seattle, WA area, St. Louis, MO and Huntington Beach, CA. I created this Animoto slideshow video as a tribute [...]
Jan 09 16 Honeymoon Photos Recreated During 25th Wedding Anniversary
Can’t resist posting the photos we took during our 25th wedding anniversary celebration in November. We returned to Kauai to stay at the same resort where we honeymoon 25 years ago. A hurricane in 1992 changed a bit of the landscape in a few locations, the Beach House restaurant expanded and the trees grew, but [...]
Nov 04 15 Name Tent Activity for Boeing Workshops. Can you guess these names?
I recently taught 8 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops at Boeing. For those of you who have been through this workshop, you know the class starts out immediately with an activity similar to the game of Concentration. Each workshop participant is asked to draw a picture of their name using color, images, numbers and either adding [...]
Sep 25 15 Photos From Idea Mapping Workshop 1 of 2 at Boeing This Week
This week I’m in Everett, WA teaching two 2-day Idea Mapping workshops for Boeing. Great time had by all during the first class, so I thought I would share a few photos. Jenny was capturing ideas for the group Idea Mapping activity in the first photo. A little bit of craziness in the second photo. [...]
Sep 16 15 Idea Map 476 – AGT Top Ten Finalists. Who will win $1 million tonight?
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