PMI Heartland Idea Mapping Breakout 1PMI Heartland Idea Mapping Breakout 5PMI Heartland Idea Mapping Breakout 4The four breakout rooms were set with 75 chairs each at the PMI Annual Conference outside of Omaha, NE this past Monday. In my AM Memory session we had to pull in extra chairs to accommodate the crowd. I had 104 of the 289 conference attendees learning to memorize 20 items in order, learn to remember names & faces, and fly through their memory test of 30 images successfully.

In the afternoon Idea Mapping breakout we got a bit of a late start as we had to accommodate 140 with standing room only. Brought a case of Idea Mapping books and sold out! Great time was had by all!

PMI Heartland ChapterTomorrow nearly 300 PMP’s will join the Heartland Chapter’s Professional Development event. I’m privileged to be teaching both an Idea Mapping session and a Memory session. Will share photos of the events in an upcoming post.

Ania Plawinska - Idea Map or Mind Map of Her FutureAnia Plawinska from Warsaw, Poland was one of over 739 participants on the Idea Mapping Webinar I gave on September 24, 2014 to the Global PMI Consulting Communities of Practice. At the end of the webinar I challenged the attendees to send me an idea map that I could post on my blog and we could watch this group grow in their mapping skills.

Here is the description of Ania’s idea map: “My partner and I decided to prepare our own idea maps of what we want in our lives to see if our goals for the future aligned and whether we were looking in the same direction. It was at the beginning of our relationship. What came out of it was that we are happy with what we have, and we want similar things. We are not craving for luxurious goods. In contrast we are going to be happy with a few things to live comfortably, and we prefer to spend money on traveling.

1) Partner – I want to be happy with my partner… and I’m very happy with my partner Frank.

2) Apartment – I don’t need a luxurious house. I will be happy with a nice apartment. We have our own apartment, but we would like one bedroom more with our own parking space — so this is a plan.

3) Car – a decent car will suffice. Actually we got one in April.

4) Work – work that I enjoy and that pays the bills and allows to put some money aside for travels.

5) Education – Always  improve –  I passed my PMP exam  in May this year, but when we did the map it was only a plan. I want to pass 2 more ACCA exams to gain an Advanced Diploma in Finance and Business. I started ACCA in 2005, but after passing 7 exams I had a long break. As I don’t like to leave things unfinished I decided to come back to at least complete 2 more exams and receive this diploma.

6) Photography – I love it and it is my hobby, but I don’t have time for it so my goal is to be able to spend more time getting better at photography.

7) Sports – I like playing Speedminton and I’m planning to get better at it. I would also like to complete Krav Maga (self-defence) course.

8) Traveling  – I love to travel and I’ve travelled a lot already and those are the places that I would really want to visit. There are more places that I haven’t been to yet, but this map is a work-in-progress & sort of a new year resolution.”

Thanks for sharing your idea map Ania! I’ll look forward to seeing more.

Rack of LambMy September 4, 2014 posting was my first one about the recipes my husband (Kevin Nast) is grilling on his Big Green Egg. I am going to create an idea map or mind map of each of his recipes and eventually create one master idea map of all of them. This idea map was created using MindManager and is the recipe for Frenched Rack of Lamb.

It was delicious!

Idea Map or Mind Map - Luther College Grangaard, Melanie 3sm copyIdea Map or Mind Map - Luther College Grotnes, Sam 3sm copyIdea Map or Mind Map - Luther College Hovey, Devon 3Idea Map or Mind Map - Luther College Marlow, Kat 3This is the first set of Idea Mapping examples from Dr. Tim Schweizer’s Winter 2013 Principles of Management students. I have been blogging about Tim’s work with his students since October 2009 — shortly after he attended one of my Idea Mapping Workshops. Search this blog on “Luther College” for more examples.

Tim has developed a solid process to successfully teach Idea Mapping to his students. Tim takes the first two class periods to teach this tool to his students. Their first assignment is to create a map with “Who Am I?” as the topic. You can see many of those examples on this blog. Their second assignment is a take home assignment to create an idea map on their topic of choice. More of these here. The third assignment is for them to overview a business book and then capture their thoughts and reactions in an idea map. More of these here. The first idea map in this posting is Melanie Grangaard’s book overview on Orbiting the Giant HairballNext is Sam Grotnes’s thoughts about the book The Tipping Point. The third example is Devon Hovey’s review of The Start-Up of You, and lastly is Kat Marlow’s overview of Made to Stick. 

Sure wish I’d learned Idea Mapping when I was in college. Thank you Melanie Grangaard, Sam Grotnes, Devon Hovey, and Kat Marlow for sharing your maps!

Lamb Loin Chops Idea Map or Mind MapBig Green Egg in Kitchen BoxMy husband’s new love over the last year has been his Big Green Egg. It is a ceramic cooker that functions as an oven, a smoker and a grill. The forums are adequate for getting ideas on prep, recipes, timing, internal meat temps and some photos. However the posts rarely include all of these. My husband has a collection of “cheat sheets” for each dish or meat that captures his perfected experience.

I decided it was time to make an idea map for each of his recipes, so here is the first one — Lamb Loin Chops! They were delicious, moist and incredibly tender. The infamous words of Kevin Nast are, “Everything tastes better on the Egg!”

MindManager 15 Preview Events

4 Sep 2014 In: Mindjet, MindManager, Webinars
MM15 Product Image_Updates ListFor MindManager users you won’t want to miss these upcoming webinars. Today at 1pm EST you can get a preview of the new MindManager 15 and on September 8th you can get an overview of the new version specifically as it relates to managing projects. Sign up for either of these:

Mindjet Jetpack - BrainstormingIf you want to take your meetings to the next level consider using Mindjet’s new JetpackMindjet has put together a package of tools, templates and tips to help you turn meetings back into a way of collaborating, making decisions and getting things done. The Meeting Jetpack provides the methodology and mechanisms to make all your meetings more meaningful.

This map from the Jetpack is a template for better brainstorming meetings. The notes included on each branch (you can’t see these in the jpg) provide excellent insights to help you be more successful.

Other idea maps included in the Meetings Jetpack include: Decision-Making, Feedback, Informational, Pre-Meeting Investigation, Problem-Solving, Stand-Up, and Work Session Meetings.

Flickr Library of Idea Mapping and Mind Mapping ExamplesToday Biggerplate posted an interview with me on their blog page. The interview highlights some of my background, how I first came across mind mapping, my perceived benefits of mapping, and a bit about my upcoming workshop in the UK September 17-18, 2014 in Bournemouth. Course fee is $695 USD. Registration is limited to 24 participants. You can review the course abstract here.

Vanda North – Author of Mind Chi – will also be joining us as a special guest and teaching her Mind Chi Workshop the day prior to the Idea Mapping event.

James White Positive Dog Mind Map or Idea MapMeet James White. He uses Idea Mapping to amplify self-help reading. I’ll let him tell you the rest:

“I’m a fan of self-help books but I often come across the problem that I can’t remember everything I read. To solve this problem, I started creating mind maps to outline important quotes, key pages that I might want to visit again, and a general overview of the book.

Creating idea maps also helps me visualize the information and key points, and thereby retain them better and longer. Not only that, but they can be kept in the front of the book or in a binder and used as a point of reference down the road, to quickly recall the information.

You can use idea maps to draw out whole books or even just individual chapters. You can also include page numbers with specific points, quotes or reference figures in order to find that particular piece of information quickly once again. 

I’ve created a very basic idea map example above, which maps out a self-help book about keeping a positive outlook in life. I read The Positive Dog as a requirement for one of my online college courses. I drew this idea map back then so that I could remember the important points and any added take-aways to help me stay positive years later.

If you are someone who has a difficult time remembering what they read, idea maps are a perfect substitution for taking notes. The process of both creating the idea map and then reviewing that map will help you to retain information more effectively.”

James is a freelance writer, photographer and part-time content creator. Read more articles from James on his blog InfoBros and follow him on Twitter @JGtheSavage

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The purpose of this blog is to share idea mapping examples and related learning from my Idea Mapping, Memory, Speed Reading, and Certification Workshops. This blog is dedicated to my Certified Idea Mapping Instructors, my clients, Mind Mapping and Idea Mapping practitioners around the globe.



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