Learn to think Visually

Learn to think visually

August 27, 2008

I originally posted this in August 2008 but the ideas are still so relevant that I’m re-posting it.

[Extract from a Q&A Interview by Chuck Frey with Jamie Nast]

Jamie Nast, author of the popular book Idea Mapping and the Idea Mapping Success Blog, is one of the most world’s most prolific trainers and speakers on the topic of visual mapping. In this interview, she explains why it’s critical that executives learn to express their ideas visually, using hand-drawn idea maps and mind mapping software, and the risks of not doing so.

When I prepare for these Q&A interviews, I take great care to craft questions that will be informative to you, the reader, and which highlight the interviewee’s unique strengths and will draw out some interesting insights. When it all comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. This is one of those interviews, where Jamie took the questions I gave her and used them to hit a “home run!”

Chuck Frey: You conduct workshops on idea mapping on a regular basis. What are the most common misconceptions that attendees have about idea mapping?

Jamie Nast: I think there are several:

  • Idea Mapping is a right-brain skill. No, idea mapping is a whole-brain skill that leverages the natural way the brain associates information.

I highly recommend that you read the full interview:  Full Q & A Interview on Chuck Frey’s blog



One of the quotes in the above interview that resonated with me most strongly was advice Jamie obtained from Vanda North:


“Vanda North is the Founder and former CEO of the Buzan Centres. She was and is a great mentor. The most influential thing she taught me was that when we are teaching, it’s all about the participant and creating the best learning environment for them to gain the maximum from the material. It was with that in mind that I wrote the book. It was all written with the reader in mind.”


Vanda will be delivering a one-day MindChi workshop on 16 September and Jamie is visiting the UK to deliver a 2 day Idea Mapping Workshop on 17-18 September.

Further details available here: http://ideamapping.ideamappingsuccess.com/IdeaMappingBlogs/works


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