Idea Mapping in Mind Manager – Webinar

January 19, 2009

22 January 2009

Jamie Nast

Jamie Nast

 

Register for the upcoming 1-hour event with Mind hosts Lisa Fait and Michael Deutch. Join NastGroup founder and Idea Mapping author, Jamie Nast, in this webinar as they explore how idea mapping in MindManager can help you and your colleagues increase productivity every day.

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Learn to think visually – or else

August 27, 2008

[Extract from a Q&A Interview by Chuck Frey with Jamie Nast]

Jamie Nast, author of the popular book Idea Mapping and the Idea Mapping Success Blog, is one of the most world’s most prolific trainers and speakers on the topic of visual mapping. In this interview, she explains why it’s critical that executives learn to express their ideas visually, using hand-drawn idea maps and mind mapping software, and the risks of not doing so.

When I prepare for these Q&A interviews, I take great care to craft questions that will be informative to you, the reader, and which highlight the interviewee’s unique strengths and will draw out some interesting insights. When it all comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. This is one of those interviews, where Jamie took the questions I gave her and used them to hit a “home run!”

Chuck Frey: You conduct workshops on idea mapping on a regular basis. What are the most common misconceptions that attendees have about idea mapping?

Jamie Nast: I think there are several:

  • Idea Mapping is a right-brain skill.  No, idea mapping is a whole-brain skill that leverages the natural way the brain associates information.

Full Q & A Interview on Chuck Frey’s blog

Jamie is visiting the UK in October to conduct a 2 day Idea Mapping Workshop.  See you there?


Thinking Visually to tackle business challenges

August 16, 2008

“A creative and innovative approach to problem solving”

London, September 30th 2008

“Statistical surveys have shown that design and visualisation have a verifiable impact on business performance. Visual articulation is important when solving a problem that involves strategic goals and initiatives. At its core, it helps bridge the problem or opportunity with the solution. That is why helping decision makers to think and express themselves visually gives organisations a competitive edge in the marketplace.”

More info via VizThink London website


Think Like a Genius … The Mind’s Eye …

August 14, 2008

I have recently read “Overcoming Information Overload” by Tina Konstant & Morris Taylor, which is part of the Instant Manager series from the Chartered Management Institute.

I particularly enjoyed the section on “Think Like a Genius“…

“Geniuses like Newton or Archimedes didn’t simply sit under trees or in a bush until they became enlightened.  They used some very powerful and practical tools to create order out of their thoughts and to find answers to problems that few people ever thought existed, let alone considered solving.

Some factors common to the world’s greatest thinkers:

– Idea generation is in pictures and images rather than words. 

– Einstein and da Vinci drew diagrams instead of writing words and sentences.

– Their thinking is unrestrained; nothing is rejected until it has been fully investigated.

– Ideas are explored using association.

– They fuel their imaginations with knowledge.

– They never give up”

Tools for generating genius thinking

Mapping  … it is worth talking about information mapping.  ‘Mind Mapping’ was formalised and labelled by Tony Buzan in the 1970s.  Great thinkers have used similar techniques for centuries.  Leonard da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, like other geniuses, represented their ideas through diagrams and ‘maps’.

You might know them as spider-graphs or thinking maps, but whatever you call them, they all have the same features:

– pictures instead of words

– links between relationships

– main concept in the middle, gradually becoming more detailed towards the end of branches

– single words or ideas per line

– colour”

The reference to da Vinci reminded me of some of the fantastic drawings and sketches that I saw many, many years ago in the National Gallery – until then, I hadn’t realised that he was an inventor (I was completely shocked that he had invented a flying machine that we’d recognise as a helicopter!), a sculptor, a mathematician, a botanist, an architect …

… I had thought he was an artist, famous for the Mona Lisa. 

The extent to which he had drawn images to represent thoughts and details really surprised me.  The picture below is a study of perpetual motion.

The V&A Museum has some excellent articles about his work on their website, including:-

The Mind’s Eye – The Measure of All Things

“For Leonardo, sight was the noblest and most certain sense. It provided access to “experience”, which shows us how nature works according to mathematical rules. Any knowledge that could not be certified by the eye was unreliable.

He investigated the relationship of the eye to the brain. He proposed a system in which visual information was transmitted to the intellect via the receptor of impressions and the “common sense”, an area where all sensory inputs were coordinated.”

 

I now realise that visual imagery is the best place for thinking things through … but it took me quite a while to make the connection.  For that, I will always be grateful to Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping who will be visiting the UK on 6th & 7th October. 

It was Jamie who helped me realise that colour and images help the brain to think better, quicker, clearer and to remember better. 

Visual Thinking & Project Management is a topic close to my heart (the combination of VISION and DETAIL) but I really hadn’t realised that Leonardo da Vinci had investigated the relationship between visual information and intellect

If it was good enough for da Vinci … I’ll continue to explore the tools at my disposal …

Mindjet’s MindManager 7 + Mindjet’s JCVGantt + Microsoft Office + Jamie Nast’s Idea Mapping

Download a free Trial copy of MindManager and start thinking creatively.


Jamie Nast is coming to the UK!

August 1, 2008

 

 Jamie Nast (author of Idea Mapping) will be delivering a 2-day workshop on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October 2008 in Poole. 

 

Idea Mapping – A Learning Workshop

“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

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.

OBJECTIVESAt 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

 

WORKSHOP FEE–  USD $ 695 (exc. accommodation) which at today’s exchange rates is a real bargain of approximately GBP £350.

Register via Jamie’s own website:-

 http://www.ideamappingsuccess.com/courses.cfm?info=REG

I have already registered and am really looking forward to the experience and to meeting Jamie face-to-face.

See you there?  Please let me know if you register as it would be great to see some familiar faces benefitting from Jamie’s knowledge.

If you want to know more about Jamie Nast, see my other postings about her – click on the Category “Jamie Nast”. 

In Sept 2007 I wrote:

Prior to reading the book I had realised just how powerful it will be to be able to LINK a MindMap (created in MindManager) to a TASK (created in Microsoft Outlook) or how powerful it would be to create a MindMap and then SEND it to Microsoft Word for it to create a document.  The possibilities are endless.  However, most of my MindMaps were, frankly, boring!  They were maps created by a linear, logical brain – I was creating LISTS but in a map kind of shape.  Then I saw a webinar by Jamie and have subsequently read the book and now my maps are full of imagery and icons and they have, quite simply, come alive.
For my review of her book “Idea Mapping” click here
 
 
 

 

 


Jamie Nast is coming to the UK!

April 6, 2008

Jamie Nast

I am delighted to say that Jamie Nast (author of Idea Mapping) will be delivering a 2-day workshop on 30th September and 1st October.  The venue details have not yet been finalised but I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a link to Jamie’s website for further details about the content:-

http://www.ideamappingsuccess.com/abstract.cfm

and a link if you’d like to register:-

 http://www.ideamappingsuccess.com/courses.cfm?info=REG

The cost is US $695 for the 2 days (excluding accommodation) – which at today’s exchange rate is less than UK £350 – a real bargain and a workshop not to be missed!

I’ve just registered and am really looking forward to the experience and to meeting Jamie face-to-face.

See you there?  Please let me know if you register.

 


Harness Your Visual Creativity

November 13, 2007

With kind permission of both Mindjet and Jamie Nast herewith an extremely interesting Personal Interview with Jamie Nast, Author of “Idea Mapping”

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Mindjet : Maps use both verbal and numerical information, and combine these with the power of creative intelligence; how do maps specifically allow one to think creatively?

Jamie Nast : Maps tap into all of the cortical skills, which are housed in the right and left sides of the brain. The concept of right brain/ left brain thinking developed from the research of American psychologist Roger Sperry in the late 1960s. The right brain is dominantly represented by color, imagination, daydreaming, rhythm, and spatial skills, while the left brain by verbal, mathematical, lines, sequence, lists, logic, and analytical skills. It’s a myth that creativity rests on the right side alone– it’s right combined with left that maximizes creativity, and nothing does that better than an idea map. A map reflects the natural way our brain associates information.

Maps pull information together onto a single sheet of paper in a way that leverages one more area of dominance found on the right side of the cerebral cortex. It’s called gestalt (German for the whole picture) where one sees each topic, each branch, and how the various pieces of data interrelate and connect. A map is a visual picture that enables people to see the relationships between data points, see everything in one place, and now be able to step back and think, clarify, analyze, prioritize, (re)organize, or innovate– and then take action. A map is a tool that provides a framework that fosters and can lead to new ways of thinking. Now that’s creativity!

MJ : What do you do to think creatively?

JN : I can get overwhelmed and immobilized by the large amount of tasks that I need to juggle. The only way I can function is to put everything in a map. It may not be the most creative example in the world, but for me it is a creative solution. The outcome and benefit to me is that my mind is now free to think rather than worrying about trying to manage all the plates that are spinning.

Another example is when I write a book or an article. Right now I’m considering two different book angles, and using MindManager in both scenarios to generate 100% of my creative thinking. The maps are used for gathering research, tracking potential contributors, determining possible endorsements, and outlining chapter headings. The process itself can be creative, but it’s the ability to step back and look at the gestalt— that’s where the creative process takes action.

MJ : What’s a coaching or teaching example of thinking creatively?

JN : Every single time I teach I use MindManager. There was a time in 1996, when I was supposed to teach a 4-day workshop on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I wasn’t at all prepared, and it had been 9-12 months since I’d been certified. We were teaching the first day to two different groups on back-to-back days. So I struck a deal with my teaching partner. She taught the first day, during which I took detailed notes in a map so I could teach the same material to the second group on the following day. I didn’t have the software at the time, so for me it was a creative alternative to spending two weeks absorbing information from a four-inch thick manual.

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I taught the entire day from a single 11”x17” map. The participants didn’t know that this was my first class, and were extremely receptive to the use of the map. If I hadn’t had the map, I literally would have had to read from the book in order to teach the class. Now I use them all the time. Maps capture the big picture and provide creative flexibility in terms of having options on content. If there’s extra time, I have a branch for what I may add, or what to take out if there’s not enough time. In preparing for the June 5th webinar, I went through the creative process with a map to determine what I wanted the audience to walk away with and how to maximize that hour. 

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MJ : Your June 5th webinar The Memorability Factor showed attendees how the visual aspect of mapping increases their own memories and those viewing their maps; how is this thinking creatively?

JN : The simple act of creating a map can be creative – it’s colorful and full of imagery. An image can portray a thought in a way that’s beyond words— and it makes the whole process more enjoyable. If something is fun, it’s more memorable. Even something as simple as using different colors for the various branches can enhance one’s ability to make associations and promote a greater level of creativity. A key client who took my class about ten years ago created two different maps on a topic— both had the same content, but one had images and the other didn’t. She conducted a comparison and found that most people preferred the one with images because it was much more interesting. Images break up the monotony of words and thus stimulate one to think and make connections that might otherwise go unnoticed.

When I think about utilizing MindManager for creativity, I think, what an amazing tool!

For more information on idea mapping, sample maps, workshops, Jamie Nast or to buy her book, visit her website at www.ideamappingsuccess.com, or blog at http://ideamapping.blogspot.com.

To use MindManager like Jamie Nast does, download a free trial here