Are You a Teacher?

13 Aug 2015 In: Idea Mapping Workshops

Crayola MarkersA 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!


Chris KordickToday I’m welcoming Chris Kordick as the first guest blogger to this site. I’ve known Chris since 5th grade. He took my Idea Mapping Workshop in August of 2013.

In his early 20’s Chris join an elite group of some of the most prolific Idea Mappers I have ever taught. His extensive use of idea maps and memory tools set him apart and give him much credibility – therefore the invitation as a guest blogger.

I first posted about Chris in the fall of 2013 when he was in his last year of pre-med at Benedictine University in Chicago. You can see those two postings about Chris at Idea Map 436 – 1-Year Weightlifting Program Design and Cardiovascular Physiology Student Gets a 92 While Class Average Was 63. How Did He Do It?

Chris is a busy man in his first year of med school at Lake Erie College of Ostepathic Medicine, so we won’t expect frequent posts. But first I need to re-introduce him. Following is the first of three postings about Chris. I recently had the opportunity to interview him. Here are his answers to the first three questions:

1. Prior to attending the Idea Mapping Workshop did you have any preconceived notions about the tool?

In short answer, yes. I am by no means artistic and when I thought of “mapping” I instantly assumed drawing and design. I wondered if the skills taught in the workshop would 1) be applicable to my studies in college and 2) be useful in helping me capture and retain large amounts of information from both lectures and various texts.

2. What were some of the takeaways you had from the course?

I had many! The main one was that Idea Mapping is a set of dynamic skills. One doesn’t need to be Picasso to draw a beautiful map, he/she must simply use whatever means necessary to help with memory retention. Another large takeaway was the ability to condense large amounts of information to a chronologically built map. If noting chapters 1-2 of a dense text, I could do so in order using my own shorthand to create a picture of words that assisted in my recall and retention.

3. How did you apply the memory tools to your schoolwork? What were the results?

I did so in a few different ways. To be honest, I tried to use Idea Mapping live during my lectures, but failed to fully capture all of the information. Instead, I focused from live mapping to study-style mapping. When I would review my linear notes and read my textbooks, I would map out the chapters and turn the linear thoughts into dynamic ones. I also used this technique during pre-recorded lectures because I was able to play them back at reduced speed or pause them as needed.

Once I had my notes, I would read over them and study them in chronological order. Most of my classes at the time were systems based, and the Idea Mapping allowed me to take the text from the book and piecemeal it together in colorful ways; when studying, this was extremely useful because I could zero in on specific points without funneling through my entire text/lecture notes. It saved invaluable amounts of time and allowed me to remember my notes based on color, pictures, etc.

The results were exciting. I had always been a good student before, but I struggled very hard with test taking. Idea Mapping allowed me to score better on both my multiple choice, and short answer exams! By using the memory tools and Idea Mapping, I was able to pull information out of my memory faster and answer multiple choice questions more effectively because I could call more facts to mind than before. My long-term memory recall had drastically improved which allowed me to review for final exams instead of study for them. While my classmates had to flip through notebooks and PowerPoints full of information, I simply pulled out my ten idea maps (one for each chapter) and reviewed.

Thanks for your time Chris! I look forward to sharing the rest of the interview with you.

Paul Shorock - About PuttingIn October of 2007 I posted a fantastic idea map from Paul Shorock titled “About Golf.” While sharing this map with two classes at Boeing last week, I realized that I never posted the second one Paul gave me specifically on putting.

At the time these were created Paul’s purpose was to explain golf’s rules and etiquette while introducing his new son-in-law to the game.

Both of these idea maps were created using MindManager. Happy putting to all you golfers.

Mind Map Magazine Issue 25This month celebrates the 2-year anniversary of the Using Mind Maps Magazine.

Using Mind Maps Magazine can be downloaded from the Apple Newsstand, or the Google Play Store.

This is a free publication and can also be viewed on your mobile device.

Congratulations Faizel!

Patrizia Pfenninger - NastGroup Financial Branding Idea Map or Mind Map 1Recently Certified Idea Mapping Instructor Patrizia Pfenninger used Idea Mapping to provide a logo and branding for the Northville financial advisors firm NastGroup Financial.

You can see the results of her creativity and expert work at the new NastGroup Financial Advisors Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

The response to the new logo and business cards has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks Patrizia!

LeonardoThe latest issue of Using Mind Maps Magazine has just been published. It can be downloaded from the Apple Newsstand, or the Google Play Store.

This is a free publication and can also be viewed on your mobile device.

Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015

24 Feb 2015 In: Articles, Biggerplate

BiggerplateFor the second year in a row this report includes some exciting information. Over 1,000 mind mappers and idea mappers participated in the survey. This report is available for download. Congrats Liam & team!

Kirk Garrett - Idea Map or Mind Map of an Incident Reporting ProcessKirk Garrett is the Director of Safety for Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc. He created this idea map using MindManager to visually show others in the organization the process to follow when a safety incident occurs. His creative use of floating topics makes it easy to determine what to do during an accident or safety infraction.

If you would like a copy of this map in MindManager format, send me an email and I will provide that for you.

Thanks for sharing Kirk!

Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at NIH 1 Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at NIH 2 Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at NIH 3 Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at NIH 4 Idea Mapping Workshop or Mind Mapping Workshop at NIH 5Wanting to improve their annual strategic planning process, NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) Office of Extramural Programs in Bethesda, MD decided to learn and also incorporate Idea Mapping skills into planning for 2015.

Here are several photos from the December 1st Idea Mapping Workshop I taught for NIH. Following my workshop this team implemented Idea Mapping into their strategic planning session.

Patrizia PfenningerScott LetwinThe Idea Mapping Instructor Certification process is not for the faint of heart. It is an elite designation — a demanding and rigorous certification experience unlike no other in the Idea Mapping or Mind Mapping space. So it is with great pride and appreciation that I welcome two new instructor into our family — Patrizia Pfenninger from Switzerland and Scott Letwin from Alberta, Canada . I will do a full posting on each of them after the certification is completed.

The 2014 certification is currently being held in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. Returning again this year for great fellowship and a refresher are Certified Instructors Liza Seiner and Larisa Brigevich. For those who are interested you can find more info on Idea Mapping Workshops or Instructor Certification pre-requisites.

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