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 UpdatesMar 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 [...]
Feb 22 14 Idea Maps 453-454 from Red Deer College Electrical Apprentice Students
These idea maps are the third set from instructor Scott Letwin’s students (Wagoner & Blum) who just completed their first semester of an Electrical Apprenticeship at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. Wagoner’s idea map was on the topic of Switching Circuits and Blum’s idea map was about Orthographic Projection & Diagrams. I first introduced Scott [...]
Feb 10 14 Biggerplate Unplugged San Francisco: 48-Hour Promo Code
Use JAMIE48HOUR as a promo code until Wednesday at midnight and you can register at the $59 early bird rate. Register at Biggerplate Unplugged – The Mind Map Conference for the March 20, 2014 event which will be held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. I am honored to be joining the speaker line-up for this inaugural event [...]
Feb 10 14 Idea Map 452 – Big Data Marketing Book Takeaways
I recently read Lisa Arthur’s Big Data Marketing Book. This idea map summarizes my takeaways from her book which revealed some areas of my business that need to be addressed. Highly recommend this book.
Feb 07 14 Jamie Nast Joins Speaker Line-up For Biggerplate Unplugged San Francisco
On March 20, 2014 Biggerplate Unplugged – The Mind Map Conference is happening in the USA for the first time. I am honored to be joining the speaker line-up for this inaugural event. I’ve been a Gold Partner with Biggerplate for two years, but this is my first opportunity to work with Founder Liam Hughes [...]
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