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 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 [...]
May 16 16 Photos from Boeing Idea Mapping Workshops in Renton, WA
Thought you would enjoy seeing some photos from the two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops I taught in Renton, WA April 12-15, 2016 for Boeing employees. Good time had by all as we learned to juggle, draw, improve our memories, play with toys, share Idea Maps and learn how to learn. If you would like to [...]
Apr 26 16 Answers to Last Week’s Brain Games
On Friday I shared the name tents drawn by some of the Boeing learners who attended my 2-day Idea Mapping workshop last week. If you haven’t had the chance to guess their names, go to Friday’s post before looking the answers. Here are the answers to the names in order: Larry, Mike, Wendy (One “D”), Christine, Tom, [...]
Apr 23 16 Brain Games Part 2. Can you guess these names?
Here’s a second brain game for you from last week’s workshops at Boeing! Can you guess these names? Last week I taught two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops for Boeing in Renton, WA. 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 [...]
Apr 23 16 Answers to Yesterday’s Brain Games
Yesterday I shared the name tents drawn by some of the Boeing learners who attended my 2-day Idea Mapping workshop last week. If you haven’t had the chance to guess their names, go to yesterday’s post before looking the answers. Here are the answers to the names in order: Barbara, Minh, Doug, Bruce, Jackie, Charley, [...]
Apr 20 16 Brain Games. Can you guess these names?
Here’s a brain game for you! Can you guess these names? Last week I taught two 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops for Boeing in Renton, WA. For those 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 workshop participant is asked to [...]
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