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 25 17 Daniel Pink Meets Kevin Nast
One of my all-time favorite books is “A Whole New Mind” written by best-selling author Daniel Pink. I created an idea map of this book and sent it to Daniel when I first read his book. He kindly replied. A few years later I discovered that one of my high school friends Carol Ross went […]
Feb 10 17 Thought
My dear friend Rania Hijazeen sent this to me, and I couldn’t resist posting it for all you idea mappers and mind mappers out there!
Feb 07 17 EDS Idea Mapping and Mind Mapping Memories
I was introduced to Mind Mapping through one of the first Mind Matters Workshops taught at EDS back in February of 1992. My fellow Leadership Development colleague (Randy Raines) was the instructor. I was so impacted by the class that I soon became an instructor for the course myself. In June of that same year Randy […]
Nov 08 16 Back in Poland with Friends and Idea Mapping Workshops
Poland’s city of Warsaw has grown to be one of my favorite places in the world. Not just because I’m priveledged to teach Idea Mapping for the 8th Academy of Evaluation, but because of the people I’ve come to care about so much. Although I forgot to take a photo, I was thrilled to have […]
Sep 14 16 Idea Map 479 – Upcoming Women’s Renewal Retreat
Dr. Jennifer Wild is the Founder of Alternate Perspectives, and she attended one of my Idea Mapping Workshop 3 weeks ago. During the class she created this Idea Map about her upcoming Women’s Renewal Retreat to be held at the beautiful Goodstone Inn just outside of Middleburg, VA. Just for fun I created my own […]
Sep 02 16 Idea Mapping Workshop 30-Second Video Slide Show
[There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed. Visit the blog entry to see the video.] Just a short sampling of some photos taken at last week’s public Idea Mapping workshop in downtown Northville, MI. A great time of learning and fun was had by all!
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