An Idea Mapping Success Blogs Weblog
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.
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.
I 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!
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.
Who was your favorite AGT act this season?
If 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!
Part 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!
Part 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!
A few days ago I found fine point markers and colored pencils on sale at Meijer for $1.00 each thanks to back-2-school incentives. I loaded up my my cart with 30 sets of each and continued my shopping. That’s when the questions began.
As I made my way up and down the isles of the store, nearly every person I ran into asked, “So are you a teacher?”
To briefly explain idea mapping and how the markers and pencils are used during my workshops is more than what a stranger really wants to know, so my response was, “I teach learning workshops for adults and we use lots of color.”
Then I got caught in a long wait at the no-limit self checkout. The woman behind me asked if I was a teacher (again), and this time I explained at bit more. It took me so long to check out (one scan at a time) that my new friend helped bag markers, pencils and groceries!
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.