Jamie Nast is the author of "Idea Mapping" published by John Wiley & Sons. The book is available in the Business/Economics section of bookstores. Jamie has trained over 15,000 people world-wide to be more creative, more productive and better learners.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Idea Map #16 - Computertomography

This map was created by Leo Martin who has a Bachelor of Science, Berner Fachhochschule, in Medical Technology. He works at a center named "Ausbildungszentrum Insel Bern, Switzerland (AZI)" which is the education center of the University Hospital Inselspital in Bern. Leo and his wife Monika have been long-time idea mappers and friends. Computertomography is a curriculum for students who become x-ray technicians. This map is the basis of a 10-hour lecture.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hint #9 - Breaking Through a Mental Block

Greetings from the Visual Thinking Guru! Today's hint will apply to both adults and students. Have you ever been asked to give a presentation, write a paper, prepare a science project, plan an event with a specific theme, (etc.) and choosing the topic was left to you? Often it is at this point that the mental block can set in. We get so fixated on coming up with the best topic that we become immobilized or we end up choosing a topic that we aren't particularly excited about. Here's my suggestion:

Rather than trying to decide on an ideal topic, theme, or project immediately, start an idea map of all the possible ideas you may have for your topic. Having your thoughts down on paper may spark additional creative themes. Put down every thought -- even if they seem crazy. You may do this all in one sitting or you can set it aside and come back to it later to add ideas. At some point you should prioritize your top 3 possibilities and then decide between those using whatever criteria makes sense for your situation. It is my experience that the best idea will jump off the page for you! Now you can begin your task of writing or planning.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Idea Map #15 - Cancer Map

This map was created by Judy (Grewell) Bess and John Grewell, and it is featured in Jamie Nast's book titled, Idea Mapping (John Wiley & Sons, September 2006). This map documents all of the final planning for Judy's husband John, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He passed away 6 weeks after the completion of this map. See Jamie's book for more details.

Many other idea maps are in previous postings in this blog. The largest collection can be found at www.ideamappingsuccess.com.

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