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Praise for Idea Mapping
"Nast's work in Idea Mapping enables those with creative minds to clearly lay out their thinking process and those who are more process-minded to become creative. If your organization is looking for a pragmatic, step-by-step guide to idea mapping, this is it."
—Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, DTE Energy Resources
"I have used idea maps for thirty years and have taught MBA students, employees, and my children how to harness their power. I strongly recommend this book and believe you will feel it to be one of the best investments you have ever made in your own growth."
—Stephen C. Lundin, coauthor, FISH!
"This is a book that everyone should read. It's an interactive, thought-provoking book about the brain and learning that will expand your mind. Nast, an accomplished and well-respected instructor, has guided me into a new realm of learning experiences and possibilities. I'm sure you will feel the same upon reading her insightful work."
—Simon Tai, CEO, Buzan Centre Taiwan and S&J Media Intergration Co. Ltd., Host of News Discovery on NEWS 98 Taiwan
"Nast shows you a revolutionary method to capture your thinking processes. Don't underestimate the simplicity of idea mapping because therein lies its genius."
—Scott Hagwood, four-time USA Memory Champion, author, Memory Power
"The ability to visually capture and organize thoughts and ideas has enabled millions of people around the world to do their work with greater creativity and productivity, run their businesses more strategically, and manage complex projects more efficiently—even map out a sales process or new product roll-out. Nast's very practical, readable book will get you quickly up to speed on one of the simplest but most powerful ways to organize your ideas, your work, and yourself."
—Mike Jetter, cofounder and CTO, Mindjet Corporation, coauthor, The Cancer Code
"The principles Nast writes about in Idea Mapping have become a staple for me over the past fourteen years. I was turned onto the concept of idea mapping in 1992 and have been a student and practitioner ever since. This has absolutely transformed the way I learn, design learning, and prepare for public speaking. I have never been more confident in my recall, knowing the content is nicely tucked away in my brain as it was designed to be. Get ready for a life-changing experience for yourself and those you influence."
—Will Flora, Senior Manager, Chick-Fil-A University, Atlanta, GA
List of Figures.
About the Author.
1 Battle of the Brains.
2 What is an Idea Map?
3 Reading and Creating Idea Maps.
4 The Three Basics of Idea Mapping.
7 The Question of Software.
8 It’s a Process.
9 Team Mapping Method.
10 Breaking All the Rules.
11 Your Presentation Revisited.
12 Idea-Mapping Menu.
13 Real-Time Idea Mapping—The Final Challenge.
Appendix 1: Summary of Lessons.
Appendix 2: Workshop Information.
About the CD-ROM.
Posted August 22, 2007
I've been impressed by Jamie Nast and her philosophy of Idea Mapping. I especially like the concept that you can put a complex idea on one page, and Jamie is running with it. I don't know about you, but I'd rather see a business plan on one gorgeous map than 50 droning pages. I'm also happy that Jamie considers software a legitimate venue for mapping 'I especially like MindManager, which Jamie endorses at her website'. A resource idea mappers at all levels need to checkout.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2007
A few pages in and a look at the drawings and I had seen enough. Just put your thoughts down in graphically manner, draw a few lines linking topics/ideas together and you get it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2007
Nast's book Idea Mapping and her ways of simply and directly communicating have even caused my daughter to try it. She tells me how much more confident, fun, and less stressful reviewing for tests becomes when reviewing her idea maps. A bonus for me -- people ask me what note-taking I'm doing during meeting breaks, and they seem drawn to it. If you are known for buying books for exercise and a healthy body -- try this one to exercise your healthy mind! It might eventually affect your body's health too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2007
I have been using mapping for a number of years, and have found it to be an incredibly powerful tool for business and personal use. Jamie Nast writes her book in a down-to-earth and businesslike manner, capitalizing on her long experience teaching the process. She gives a very thorough explanation of 'how-to' while explaining the multitude of benefits for using this approach in business and personal settings, either as an individual or in a team. She presents realistic recommendations of when and how to break the rules to maximize creative ingenuity. The numerous examples of idea maps that Nast provides, accompanied by the background of each, are very useful to further understand the process and give the reader a 'springboard' for their own maps. There is a chapter on how to effectively use software to create maps, if hand-drawing is not possible, and examples of maps created that way. Bottom line: I highly recommend this book to those who are beginners, intermediates or advanced in the technique. No doubt the book would be most valuable to those who also attend an idea mapping seminar, but it can be used in the meantime to get a 'leg up' on this powerful process. Well worth the investment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2007
Frankly, I regret to point out that this book is a just another 'how-to' mind-mapping book. Essentially, it's no different from what Tony Buzan or Vanda North or Joyce Wycoff had written earlier. The only difference is now the author had fully incorporated the use of MindManager software to go with it. Undoubtedly, MindManager can expedite the mind-mapping process. [With all the available third-party add-ons, MindManager is really a godsend!]. In some way, you can say reading this book is like reading any of Tony Buzan's mind-mapping books, syntopically with 'MindManager for Dummies'! Beyond this point, this book is not ground-breaking & does not offer any new insights into idea generation. I must add, however, for a beginner into techno-savvy mind-mapping, this book is still great stuff. My only adverse comment about mind-mapping as envisioned by Tony Buzan & his staunch followers is that every topical idea must seemingly take a radial approach & commence from the centre. This book doggedly follows the same approach. Nancy Marguiles, in her debut book, Mapping Innerspace, in the early eighties, took a radical departure from the Buzan routine. She created 'mind-scaping' - your topical idea can start from anywhere you like - which I thought is really great!. To some extent, 'Idea-mapping' as the book title is quite a misnomer. It is obvious to me that the author has a somewhat narrow perspective, arising from her only chosen exposure to Buzan's mindmapping routines & the MindManager software. A truly 'idea-mapping' book should allow or enable readers to have full access to more options to explore beyond mind-mapping. To illustrate a quick point, 'mind-scapping' routines appear exceptionally wonderful with SmartDraw (with its abundant templates) or even Microsoft Visio. 'Concept mapping' routines, with the topical idea starting from the super-ordinate hierarchy as postulated by Joseph Novak, & 'causal loop diagramming' routines (from systems thinking) are pieces of cake with 'Inspiration' software. 'Fish-bone diagramming', which is another form of idea-mapping, with 'Inspiration' as well as 'SmartDraw' softwares is another good example. There are too numerous other software examples to cover in this review. In the course of my work, I have come across a lot of followers who are simply indoctrinated by the mindsets of mind-mapping as envisioned by Tony Buzan. I would like to share with readers: A mind-map or idea-map is just a visual tool to jot down & organise ideas & then use it to generate more ideas, irrespective whether it is from reading a book or just stretching your brain for a change. This is the initial response. Once, you have drawn the map - with or without software -, it's just an exploded-view (map) of what you have just captured. Period! Most kids at primary school level can do it. After the mind-map or idea- map is done, you step back & reflect from it by seeing the bigger & broader picture as well as from the systemic relationships between what has been written or drawn on the map. You then add to or may even subtract from the map. A lot of thinking (& reflection) on your part goes into this stage. You also draw from what you have read elsewhere as well as from your own &/or other peoples' experiences. This is what I call the reflective response. Lastly, comes the final response, with which you integrate (or internalise) what you have done in the initial & reflective responses, into what you are thinking &/or planning to do. The resultant outcome is your assimilative response. Using another lingo, this is your strategic model. This is where the actual value of a mind map or idea map is primarily located! Not in the beautiful map - with or without software - you have drawn in the first place! (I also note that a lot of Buzan followers simply love to spend time & effort in beautifying their maps! This is really crazy!) I love to call thisWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.