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 UpdatesMay 21 13 The Surprise Idea Mapping Workshop Was For PRA International
In my May 8, 2013 posting I mentioned that I would be teaching a surprise 1-day version of my 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop for a group of professionals. So 54 of the top 2% of PRA International’s best and brightest from around the globe gathered at Orlando’s Ritz Carlton last week for 5 days of fun [...]
May 08 13 Upcoming Surprise Idea Mapping Workshop for 60 Professionals!
Shhhh! It’s a secret! In 21 years of teaching I have never had this happen before. The CEO of a large international company has me teaching a 1-day workshop to 60 of his top people from all around the globe very soon. They have no idea what they are walking into, and for those of [...]
May 07 13 New Idea Mapping Page on Facebook
Idea Mapping has its own Facebook page as of May 3, 2013! I started my Jamie Nast Facebook page primarily as a professional page. Over the years more and more friends and family have connected with me there. I didn’t want to burden friends with Idea Mapping news or business contacts with personal information they [...]
May 06 13 Idea Map 431 – Recipe For E. Wedel’s Famous Czekolada (Hot Chocolate)
Last fall when I was teaching a 2-day Idea Mapping Workshop for the Learning Ministry in Warsaw, Poland I had a little extra time to spend with friends Wojtek and Ania Korsak. We took an adventure to E. Wedel’s famous Chocolate Cafe where we sipped on three different recipes of liquid chocolate. The Korsak’s surprised [...]
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JamieNast: 2nd Photo from last week's Idea Mapping Workshop for 54 from PRA International. http://t.co/8iDs9dNp3z
JamieNast: Idea Mapping Workshop for PRA International's top leaders at their President's Retreat in Orlando. http://t.co/u9vnmARbjE
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3-Page Idea Mapping article from Purdue University's quarterly Krannert Magazine for alumni of the School of Management.
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