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 UpdatesAug 21 16 Name Tents From Boeing Idea Mapping Workshops
I’ve posted these name tent examples from many previous Idea Mapping Workshops around the globe. Here are 4 more from a recent class I taught at Boeing. For the 24,000+ 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 [...]
Aug 17 16 Location Change For Next Week’s 2-Day Public Idea Mapping Workshop
In my June 21, 2016 posting I stated that next week’s Idea Mapping Workshop would be held in Livonia. A few weeks ago I changed the venue to Northville Square in Northville, MI just a few doors down from my husbands office – NastGroup Financial. We have a great group of people joining in on [...]
Jul 29 16 Portrait Drawing From Recent Idea Mapping Workshop At Boeing
Last week I taught another 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop in Long Beach, CA for Boeing. One of the favorite activities outside of the idea mapping is around teaching participants to draw a portrait of a human face using some of the techniques taught by Betty Edwards (author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain). [...]
Jun 30 16 The Knowledge Brokers
The Knowledge Brokers is an innovative game-based workshop for public sector professionals. This workshop was designed and is conducted by a team of experts with extensive experience in applied research, evaluation studies and serious gaming. Game Rationale: There is a clear gap between producing research studies and using results of those studies for decision-making. This “know-do” [...]
Jun 21 16 Author Jamie Nast Offers Public Idea Mapping Workshop in Livonia, MI in August 2016
Idea Mapping Workshop Flier – Livonia 2016.doc Idea Mapping is a powerful whole-brained visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note taking skills, thought organization, planning, and communication. It uses color, keywords, lines, and images to connect thoughts associatively. Idea Maps engage both sides of the brain resulting in the ability to see a picture of [...]
May 21 16 Idea Map 478 – Orange-Crowned Warblers
Barb Chan attended one of my 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops at Boeing last month. This was one of the idea maps she created during class. It is about the Orange-Crowned Warbler’s habitats, migration, behaviors, characteristic, and foods. On the Behaviors branch you’ll see Barb drew a pair of boxing gloves. This represents how the bird defends its [...]
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