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 24 15 Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015
For the second year in a row this report includes some exciting information. Over 1,000 mind mappers and idea mappers participated in the survey. This report is available for download. Congrats Liam & team!
Feb 14 15 Idea Map 472 – Documenting a Process
Kirk Garrett is the Director of Safety for Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc. He created this idea map using MindManager to visually show others in the organization the process to follow when a safety incident occurs. His creative use of floating topics makes it easy to determine what to do during an accident or safety infraction. [...]
Jan 03 15 NIH Uses Idea Mapping For 2015 Strategic Planning
Wanting to improve their annual strategic planning process, NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) Office of Extramural Programs in Bethesda, MD decided to learn and also incorporate Idea Mapping skills into planning for 2015. Here are several photos from the December 1st Idea Mapping Workshop I taught for NIH. Following my workshop this team implemented Idea [...]
Dec 05 14 First Day of Idea Mapping Certification Workshop Welcomes Two New Instructors.
The Idea Mapping Instructor Certification process is not for the faint of heart. It is an elite designation — a demanding and rigorous certification experience unlike no other in the Idea Mapping or Mind Mapping space. So it is with great pride and appreciation that I welcome two new instructor into our family — Patrizia [...]
Dec 01 14 Idea Mapping at NIH (National Institutes of Health) Tomorrow
I’m looking forward to teaching an Idea Mapping Workshop tomorrow for NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs in Bethesda, MD. This is my third workshop for NIH and is shaping up to be the best yet! See my June 25, 2014 posting for a look at a previous event.
Nov 26 14 Attention Mind Mapping and Idea Mapping Communities! Biggerplate Launched Their Annual Survey and Needs Your Input.
Once again Biggerplate needs your input for their 2014 survey. You can find the link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Biggerplate2014. Last year nearly 800 mappers participated and hopefully this year there will be even more. Thanks in advance for your participation.
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