Helpful Hints Category

Adding images to your idea maps enhances memory, makes them more interesting, and often times a single picture can communicate more information than many words. However based on my experience teaching the Idea Mapping Workshop to business professionals, many adults have convinced themselves that they cannot draw. If you are among those sharing that belief, […]

On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 I introduced you to Jay Dugger — long-time mind mapper. The purpose of this posting is two-fold. First, the full version jpg of Jay’s map titled “Mapping” is now available above and in pdf format at my website under “Additional Maps”. If you click on any column it will sort […]

A while back Jay Dugger was asking about the significance of the various line colors in some of the maps on this blog. I’ll address the theory and benefits to this in the next posting. Meantime, Jay has contributed an idea map he calls, “Mapping.” I’ll let Jay explain this map (created using FreeMind) in […]

Robert Davis attended a two-day Idea Mapping Workshop about nine years ago when he still worked at Ford. We recently re-connected and he shared this idea map with me. One of the things he teaches people is how to avoid, stop and overcome foreclosure. This is the overview of his seminar. What a valuable resource […]

I’m starting a series of idea maps that were created by participants of my workshop titled, “Idea Mapping: A Learning Workshop”. These professionals each create a map from an overview of Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. Each map ends up looking quite different, has different main branches, different levels of detail, and varied […]

Hint #14 revolves around trying to capture information in your idea map when your brain is working faster than you can write or type. It is easy to forget an idea in this situation. Rather than getting frustrated about losing this brilliant thought, simply draw an empty branch where you think that idea was going […]

Professionals are required to solve problems every day. Client problems, technical problems, employee problems, strategic problems, and the list goes on and on. The pressure to make the right decision can be overwhelming and confusing. Here is my suggestion: Choose one problem you are currently facing. Put an image or image/word combination that represents this […]

Hint #9 – Breaking Through a Mental Block

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Greetings from the Visual Thinking Guru! Today’s hint will apply to both adults and students. Have you ever been asked to give a presentation, write a paper, prepare a science project, plan an event with a specific theme, (etc.) and choosing the topic was left to you? Often it is at this point that the […]

Hint #8 – Determining Key Words

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Today’s hint is how to determine key words. Find an article, piece of mail, book, or any other linear document. If you don’t want to write on the paper, make a copy first. With your purpose for reading this document in mind, begin reading. Highlight, underline, or circle those key words that you want to […]

Today’s postings are a double whammy! I am going to contrast two idea maps. They contain identical data, but one of them also includes images. These maps were created in MindManager by Vickie Flis. She wanted to prove to her sons that you could create a map of a book. She read John Maxwell’s book, […]

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