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Jamie Nast (Author of Idea Mapping: How to Access your Hidden Brain Power, Learn Faster, Remember More and Achieve Success in Business) has recently posted a link to a recorded, archived, Webinar (August 2009) which I highly recommend watching.  It was delivered to nearly 900 Project Managers which hopefully dispels any thoughts that visuals are for “creative types” and not for serious project managers / data analysts.

The webinar lasts an hour (well worth your time, believe me) and  contains a full run-through of what Idea Mapping is (and how it differs from Mind Mapping) and how people can apply the skills (be it hand-drawn or via software) to enable them to visualise information to cope with that feeling of “overwhelm” which I’m sure we’ve all had at some stage.

I have read the book (more than once) and I have watched Jamie’s webinars before but every time I read or watch/listen, I realise what a brilliant idea it is to “visual data”.  If you want to see the experience that I went through when I was “converted” from being entirely linear to releasing the “visual thinker within”, then please look at the following :

Think Like a Genius – In the Mind’s Eye:

Alternatively, I strongly recommend that you click this link and listen to Jamie in action whilst watching a variety of Idea Maps which really bring it all to life.

Even if you don’t use Mind Maps, the concepts Jamie will explain to you are transferable skills so don’t under-estimate them and don’t think they’re only for people who “do mind-mapping”.  For example, I now use her ideas in Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (key words, colour and imagery) and in  Microsoft Visio Diagrams (symbols to help the brain understand the key elements) – with not a mind map or idea map in sight but I am still using Jamie’s concepts.  Many people comment on how easy it is to follow my work even though I’m dealing with vast amounts of information because I seem to “bring it to life and make the complex seem straight-forward”.  If I can do it, so can everyone and I owe it all to Jamie Nast.

Watch the video and release the visual thinker within…

Comments on: "Idea Mapping Webinar by Jamie Nast" (4)

  1. Kaye,

    Wow! I am humbled by your kind words.


  2. Jamie

    I mean every word with utmost sincerity. Since first reading your book (and creating that original map of the entire book) I have taken my work to a higher level. People do, genuinely, comment on how exciting and interesting my written materials look. It captures their interest and they want to know more.

    I get through more “paper” and “stuff” than I sometimes think is humanly possible. I seem to eat up and spit out 100 page Reports because they hold no fear for me because I can always recall, virtually instantly, where something is, what it means, what it relates to, who’s dealing with it, what needs to happen to it next, how it inter-connects with something else, etc.

    The fact that I know that I will be able to recall what I’ve read frees up my mind to allow it to read as fast as it wants to. Reading is about words; but remembering is about making connections inside the brain using colours and imagery, as you taught me.

    I never feel overwhelmed because it’s only reading … the overwhelming part used to be trying to assimilate and remember and connect the disperate ideas.

    I find it works best for me to sit in front of my laptop and read a page of text at a time … then (knowing what the purpose of why I want to capture that knowledge) I decide where to capture it (PowerPoint, Mapping, Visio etc etc) and then I look for the key words from the page of text … then I read the page again to make sure that my key word selection is a good choice … and then I insert visual imagery and colour to bring my key words to life.

    I continue that way, reading as fast (or slowly) as my brain wants to depending on the complexity of what I’m reading and create my summary as I go.

    As proof positive, I started a Level 5 Management Coaching and Mentoring Diploma in January with a view to completing it by December. Using the method described above, I have written 6 of the 7 required 3,000 word essays and am on track to finish the final one in July, completing the qualification 6 months early. I have read masses of books and written the essays in Word; each page has a SmartArt diagram or a photo or a Chart or a Table all in various colours and I know that if I look back at any of these essays in a few months time, I will still be able to instantly recall the words merely by looking at the supporting visuals.

    Finally, can I just mention that reading your book also made it feel “OK” to go out and buy packs of coloured pens and pencils which makes life just a touch more fun every day and brings a smile to my face.


  3. My idea map of Jamie Nast’s book “Idea Mapping” (created in 2006) can be found on her website saved as a pdf.

    Click to access Kaye%20Nightingale%20-%20Idea%20Mapping%20by%20Jamie%20.pdf

  4. […] even if that audience is just yourself.  These are lessons which I learnt by reading Jamie Nast’s book Idea Mapping and they are valuable lessons for everyone to take on […]

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