Broadway Street Sign NYCBryant Park911 MemorialRadio City Music HallBiggerplate Unplugged is making its next stop in New York City on March 10, 2016. This is the only event in the world completely dedicated to mind mapping that brings together users, experts, and software developers to share their experiences.

I was privileged to be one of the speakers at the first USA Biggerplate Unplugged event held in San Francisco, CA in March of 2014. It was a sell-out event with a waitlist! So get your tickets now.

The entry fee for the entire day is $129.00 USD and includes lunch and refreshments. To get a 25% discount off the already reasonable price just use the promo code: JAMIENAST25

Just for fun I included a few photos I took of the many sites to see while you are in New York City. They include: Broadway, Bryant Park, the 911 Memorial, and Radio City Music Hall.

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Last year I was honored to teach 8 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops to Boeing employees in the Seattle, WA area, St. Louis, MO and Huntington Beach, CA.

I created this Animoto slideshow video as a tribute to those first 8 workshops. Photos were only taken in non-Boeing training facilities. Some of the idea maps were sent to me after the workshops.

I’m looking forward to the next 6 classes scheduled for this Spring.

Kiahuna Plantation 1990 SnagIt

Can’t resist posting the photos we took during our 25th wedding anniversary celebration in November. We returned to Kauai to stay at the same resort where we honeymoon 25 years ago.

A hurricane in 1992 changed a bit of the landscape in a few locations, the Beach House restaurant expanded and the trees grew, but everything else was pretty when we were there in 1990. Following are four pairs of photos taken in the same location in 1990 (pre-digital cameras!) and again in 2015.

Kiahuna Plantation 2015Beach House Ocean View 1990 Beach House Ocean View 2015Dinner at the Beach House 1990Dinner at the Beach House

Kevin at Beach House 1990Kevin at the Beach House 2015

HB 1 - Drew HB 1 - Rich NIcholson HB 1 - T KevinI recently taught 8 2-day Idea Mapping Workshops at Boeing. 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 draw a picture of their name using color, images, numbers and either adding or subtracting letters. Let’s see if you can guess these names. These are first names only except for the second name tent which is first and last.

Purpose of this activity is to immediately set the stage for a class that is far from the norm, get creative juices flowing, to put people in an uncomfortable situation (because many say they cannot draw), and it acts as a baseline for the drawing activities that are introduced later in the course.

No fair clicking on the image in a new browser and revealing the file name!

Everett 20150923 CrazinessEverett 20150923 Group Idea MapEverett 20150923 Mark, Geoff, Andrea, Jenny, SamThis week I’m in Everett, WA  teaching two 2-day Idea Mapping workshops for Boeing.

Great time had by all during the first class, so I thought I would share a few photos.

Jenny was capturing ideas for the group Idea Mapping activity in the first photo. A little bit of craziness in the second photo. Showing off some idea maps and toys in the third photo.

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LiamIf you didn’t get a chance to see this interview, you may want to check it out. Liam has changed his monthly hangout format and is now interviewing mind mapping practitioners. I was honored to be the first!

Chris KordickPart 1 of this interview was posted on August 12, 2015 and part 2 was posted on August 15, 2015. This is the third of three posts about Chris Kordick who is the first Idea Mapping Guest blogger. Currently Chris is in his first year of med school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Following are questions 8-10 of my interview with Chris:

8. What do you see as the benefits to using Idea Mapping?

There are many benefits, however, I’ll list the top three:

1. It allows the reader/student to actively copy down text, notes, and lectures, which    allows them better recall of that information in the long run.

2. It provides the student with a chronological map of his/her study materials allowing them to study more efficiently—saving time and stress!

3. It allows the student to be colorful, creative, and fun while studying materials that are both interesting and dull. Let’s face it; every student must study something that is unappealing at some point in his or her career—why not make it creative and colorful?

9. Why do you prefer hand-drawn maps to using software?

I want to preface this by stating that software is not a bad tool, however, it is not for everyone! That being said I prefer hand drawn maps because “what the hand writes, the mind remembers.” Software programs are efficient, neat, and extremely powerful, but consciously copying things down in my own shorthand allows me to map out my notes in my mind as well as on paper. Many times during testing I was able to pull up snapshots of my maps because I could remember that I smudged a section in the upper right quadrant of the page, or that I wrote down a silly pneumonic next to a coffee stain. Those other environmental notes that appeared on the map acted as road signs for my recall. 

 10. Can you tell us a bit about your story and how you got to where you are today?

After graduating high school in Michigan, I knew that I wanted to study the sciences and attend medical school—I just didn’t know how God was going to make that happen. So I decided to have some fun with it and start off my collegiate career as a baseball player attending Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. About a year in, I had a severe injury that inhibited me from playing the rest of my college years, so I turned my focus from being a student-athlete to being a student-coach. Going through surgery and rehabilitation allowed me to share my experiences with other athletes and focus on things such as athlete health and injury prevention while coaching. It was during this time that I had seen my curiosity for sports medicine and exercise physiology ignite. My junior year I became the strength and conditioning intern for the baseball program and was able to take my talents into the weight room where I prepared our team for a season that ultimately allowed them to compete in the national tournament. During this time, I was able to use Idea Mapping to assist in my studies, as well as program development, to help me obtain a perfect grade point average, and create some insanely strong athletes. My senior year, I was asked to assist with multiple research projects through the university’s exercise physiology program. During the course of this research, I was able to present an abstract at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting and met some highly qualified, really awesome individuals. Now, after completing my bachelor’s degree and successfully taking the MCAT, I will be entering medical school this fall. It has been a wild ride thus far, but it’s only getting better!

Fancy Garlic BreadThis is one of our favorite summer recipes. I use fresh tomatoes and peppers from our organic garden and a fresh bread.

Delicious appetizer!

Chris KordickPart 1 of this interview was posted on August 12, 2015. This is the second of three posts about Chris Kordick who is the first Idea Mapping Guest blogger. Currently Chris is in his first year of med school at Lake Erie College of Ostepathic Medicine.

Following are questions 4-7 of my interview with Chris:

4. How did you apply the Idea Mapping and memory tools to help you study or the MCAT? What were the results?

Idea Mapping for the MCAT was difficult, though, at times it became very beneficial. Certain parts of the MCAT require one to utilize equations and stone-cold factual information, which made the dynamic structure of Idea Mapping difficult for me to harness; however, I was able to utilize it for much of the biological sciences section. Things like human physiology and microbiology were great subjects to map because a majority of the questions asked on the exam were thought questions.

5. How are you applying the Idea Mapping and memory tools today?

I use them in a few different ways today. In my application to medical school, I used the tools to map things like my personal statement and essay questions. I feel that it helped me create drafts of documents that were crisp and appealing, rather than long-winded. Also, by using the mapping tools during my academics, I have noticed that I have become a more creative thinker during the course of the day. If asked a question, or trying to solve a problem, I’ve noticed that I have become more abstract in my thinking. Studying in the sciences, I have always been told that things are logical by nature. After becoming efficient at Idea Mapping, I’ve noticed myself thinking more creatively by straying away from the black and white; instead, I find myself asking “What if…?”

6. How do you plan to apply the Idea Mapping and memory tools while at Med School?

I plan to use them primarily on my text and lecture reviews because of the efficiency they provide me while studying; however, things like the “Roman Room” will be great to use when going over things that require rote memory.

7. Do you envision using these tools in your profession as a physician?

To be honest, it’s a bit early for me to give a solid answer, however, because these tools allow me to recall large amounts of information quickly while allowing me to retain my creativity, I think that I will find many ways to harness the power of Idea Mapping.

Thanks Chris for your time. Look for the third and final interview, some of Chris’s idea maps fresh from Med School, and future blogs from this brilliant young man!

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