A student that I had in my class about a year ago, Matthew, was very reluctant to do the assigned Idea mapping. He gave me a lot of grief as he felt he wasn’t learning anything from the exercise. When he returned for his second period training, he had a different instructor who didn’t use mapping but was familiar with my techniques. One day in class, he noticed my former student making an Idea map that he intended to give to his girlfriend/wife, I’m not sure, but it was for whoever had made his sandwich that day. The Idea map was apparently going to be a useful tool in making sure his sandwiches from now on were made correctly. I am unsure of how this Idea map was received, but I have a feeling, not well. In any case, I’m sure that Matthew, as reluctant as he was, is putting this Idea map to good use himself as he is probably now making his own sandwiches. Next Idea map Matthew? How about….. appropriate uses of Idea Mapping!
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that when I start to explain Idea mapping to someone. When I think about something that’s very linear, a ruler or a timeline comes to mind. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could be such a linear thinker that their memories would be stored in their brains or recalled in a chronological manner. Often times our memories will be linked to one of senses, such as smell. When we catch a particular scent, such as a familiar perfume, it can trigger memories, most likely ones with the strongest emotional ties. Therefore our brains are naturally associative and when we allow ourselves to daydream and stop thinking about thinking it is amazing where our thought process goes. This is all due our incredible minds, which do not process new information, old information, memories, feelings and emotions in a linear fashion. This is why mind mapping works so well, as it closely resembles our natural thinking process.
– this is an excerpt from my article “Becoming a Mapping Mentor” in the April issue of “Using Mind Maps” magazine.
Welcome to Idea Mapping Success Blogs. My name is Scott Letwin and I have recently completed my certification as an Idea Mapping instructor. Idea Mapping is a powerful, whole-brained visual thinking tool. Idea Maps or Mind Maps are tools that help us think and remember better, creatively solve problems and take action. An Idea Map encourages creativity and flexibility. Idea Maps help you think outside the box.
Idea Mapping is a useful technique that helps you learn more effectively, improves the way that you record information. It supports and enhances creative problem solving.
By using Idea Maps or Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. You can see the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes. More than this, Idea Maps help you remember information, as they hold it in a format that your mind finds easy to recall and quick to review.
This is a fantastic tool for both professional and personal use. Just Think Consulting would be delighted to show you or your organization how to benefit from Idea Mapping. Just Think of the possibilities…….