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Idea Mapping - A Learning Workshop

Idea Mapping - A Learning Workshop

Course Abstract

"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


This course teaches foundational skills necessary for exceptional success in leadership, creativity, thinking, and learning in business and life. This workshop focuses on building your skills in these areas so that you can apply them immediately to your profession and life.

This is NOT a lecture-driven, PowerPoint, theory-filled, boring training class!

It is an exciting, activity-driven, skill-building, multi-sensory adventure in learning to use your brain more effectively and efficiently! You will experience significant improvement while learning skills that most adults believe to be difficult, if not impossible. Two of those skills are not discussed in the content of this abstract so that they are a surprise for you during the course! You will truly amaze yourself.

Creating idea maps is one of the central components of this workshop. This tool is based on Jamie Nast’s book titled Idea Mapping: How to Access Your Hidden Brain Power, Learn Faster, Remember More, and Achieve Success in Business (John Wiley & Sons 2006). Other topics covered include creativity, memory, and a model for learning. This learning model is then applied to learning all of the other skills offered in this course. You will also be introduced to Mindjet's MindManager software.

These two days are just the beginning of a learning journe that can continue for a lifetime! Get ready to revolutionize your thinking during this mind-expanding workshop!

AUDIENCE - For anyone who desires to unleash their own learning potential and learn innovative approaches for addressing today's business and educational issues.

LENGTH - Two days; 8:30am - 5:00pm. Pre-registration is required.

OBJECTIVES - At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Create idea maps
  2.  Think more clearly, creatively and efficiently
  3.  Apply learning process theory to overcome mental blocks that  inhibit learning, and apply this model to learning several new skills
  4.  Identify and implement personal and business applications of idea mapping and other skills learned during this workshop

WHAT IS IDEA MAPPING? - Idea mapping has a rich foundation in Mind Mapping®, and can be defined in this way:

"An idea map is a powerful visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note-taking skills, thought organization, planning, creativity and communication. It uses color, key words, lines and images to connect thoughts associatively. Idea Maps are the natural expression of the way the brain processes information associatively.”

Idea mapping is a hybrid tool that combines the positives of the mind-mapping laws with the freedom to break them. The feedback from sceptical, overworked, linearly-trained business professionals has caused the creation of idea maps as the practical, flexible, and more usable version of mind maps. Once the rules and techniques of idea mapping are established and learned, you'll be breaking every one of them to make these maps apply to you in the most effect way possible. You will be the creator of the style and rules that work for you!

course benefitsCOURSE BENEFITS - You will improve your performance by improving your:

Planning Creativity Learning and thinking capabilities
Productivity Memory Brainstorming
Note taking Problem solving Thought organization
Mental efficiency Motivation Ability to break through mental barriers
Communication Concentration Ability to learn new skills

The tools you learn in this class will also save you time!

IDEA-MAPPING APPLICATIONS -This technique may be applied to every aspect of your job and life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance performance. The applications of idea maps are numerous, but following are some of the more typical uses:

Strategic planning Creating & delivering presentations
Meeting agendas & summaries Project management
Consolidating complex information Team & individual data collection
Performance reviews Developing organizational & individual vision
Solve problems Book or article summaries
Decision making Marketing strategies
Planning events (or anything!) Planning & delivering courses
Taking notes Sales processes
Proposal summaries for clients Creating a book of knowledge on any topic
Mapping a to-do list Managing complex information
Bringing clarity to a crisis situation Assimilate large volumes of information quickly

Idea maps enhance your ability to make connections synergistically among widely disparate events, ideas and information by providing a way to simultaneously see the "big picture" and the connections between ideas at the same time.

For examples of Idea Maps from other business people around the globe business around the globeclick here or go to the Idea Mapping Blog.



  1. Jamie’s specially designed “Idea Mapping Kit” that includes a 4-color pen and a set of 10 Staedtler colored markers.
  2. Handouts
  3. A copy of the book "Idea Mapping" by Jamie Nast
  4. Miscellaneous supplies for activities ... surprises!
  5. Elaborate whole-brained room set-up which requires access to the training site for three hours the afternoon prior to the workshop
  6. Post-course follow up one week after the workshop and again one month after the workshop
  7. Pre and post-course measurement of workshop results (for organizations only)

FEES - The fee for open course participants is $695 per person plus travel. Two-day organizational workshops in the USA are $7500 (plus shipping and travel expenses) for up to 20 participants and $150 for each additional person. One-day organizational workshops in the USA are $5500 (plus shipping and travel expenses) for up to 20 participants and $150 for each additional person.

For overseas workshops the fee for additional participants over the initial 20 is $200 per person due to the vast amount of work to get materials through customs. There is a minimum fee of $3500 per day for overseas travel days that varies by country and additional expenses for interpreters.

DRESS - The dress is casual and comfortable. Be aware there will be some light physical activities.

Click here to register for one of our workshops; or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us thru the contact form or by phone.

Idea Mapping - A Learning Workshop - Certification

Idea Mapping - A Learning Workshop

Certification Process

Welcome to the Idea Mapping certification process!  Your journey will be both challenging and rewarding.  You are embarking on a quest to be part of an exclusive team of high-quality facilitators dedicated to bringing Idea Maps and greater learning to individuals and businesses around the world. 

Prerequisite: Attend the two-day Idea Mapping Workshop.  This pre-requisite needs to be completed prior to your enrollment in the actual certification course.  This allows you time to internalize the concepts and to practice and apply the techniques taught during these two days.  Click here to see a schedule of upcoming two-day workshops.

Caution: Your enrolment in this process is a large commitment and is not for everyone.  I’m sure that you have heard of accreditation programs that certify anyone who has a pulse as long as they pay the fee!  This process is not like that.  Certified Idea Mapping Instructors (CIMI's) are well-trained, highly-qualified professionals who can facilitate an amazing learning experience for a variety of audiences.

To discuss possible qualification and receive details about this certification process, send a request to [email protected] or call

1-866-896-1024 toll free within the USA or 1-734-207-5287.

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