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 UpdatesOct 24 14 7th Annual Academy of Evaluation in Poland Starts Today With Idea Mapping
I first featured this project in 2008 when I was invited to be part of the initial launch of the Academy of Evaluation. Now we are about to embark on its 7th year. Participants have been civil servants from all the Polish Ministries including the Prime Minister’s Office. These dedicated governmental employees are part of a critical [...]
Oct 10 14 Standing Room Only for Idea Mapping Breakout at PMI Heartland’s Annual Conference
The four breakout rooms were set with 75 chairs each at the PMI Annual Conference outside of Omaha, NE this past Monday. In my AM Memory session we had to pull in extra chairs to accommodate the crowd. I had 104 of the 289 conference attendees learning to memorize 20 items in order, learn to [...]
Oct 06 14 Looking Forward to Teaching Idea Mapping and Memory for PMI Heartland Chapter Tomorrow.
Tomorrow nearly 300 PMP’s will join the Heartland Chapter’s Professional Development event. I’m privileged to be teaching both an Idea Mapping session and a Memory session. Will share photos of the events in an upcoming post. Share This
Sep 28 14 Idea Map or Mind Map 468 is the First Result of My Challenge to PMI Consulting CoP Webinar Attendees – A Couple Aligns Future
Ania Plawinska from Warsaw, Poland was one of over 739 participants on the Idea Mapping Webinar I gave on September 24, 2014 to the Global PMI Consulting Communities of Practice. At the end of the webinar I challenged the attendees to send me an idea map that I could post on my blog and we could [...]
Sep 27 14 Idea Map 467 – Rack of Lamb Recipe For The Big Green Egg
My September 4, 2014 posting was my first one about the recipes my husband (Kevin Nast) is grilling on his Big Green Egg. I am going to create an idea map or mind map of each of his recipes and eventually create one master idea map of all of them. This idea map was created [...]
Sep 16 14 More Idea Maps and Mind Maps from Luther College Principles of Management Students. Examples 465-468.
This is the first set of Idea Mapping examples from Dr. Tim Schweizer’s Winter 2013 Principles of Management students. I have been blogging about Tim’s work with his students since October 2009 — shortly after he attended one of my Idea Mapping Workshops. Search this blog on “Luther College” for more examples. Tim has developed a solid process to successfully [...]
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