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Idea Mapping Workshops from expert, Jamie Nast

In this post, Biggerplate friend and partner, Jamie Nast, talks to us about her upcoming Idea Mapping workshops in Bournemouth, UK.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I’ve been teaching mind mapping and life-long learning skills since 1992. I’m the co-founder of NastGroup, Inc and the author of a book titled “Idea Mapping” published by John Wiley & Sons. To date have taught this skill to over 21,000 professionals around the globe.
When and how did you first come across mind mapping?

It was 1992 and I was a Senior Leadership Instructor for EDS (Electronic Data Systems - now HP). The company had a strong ex-military employee population and culture. Despite the encouragement to take risks and be creative, employees were more often punished if the risks didn’t pay off. So senior leadership was tasked with finding a way to breathe more creativity into the company. That’s when they discovered the Buzan Centres.

Tony Buzan and Vanda North (Founder and former CEO of the Buzan Centres USA) trained the initial group of EDS instructors. While at EDS Vanda and I worked closely together creating an instructor-driven workshop rather than the expensive video-driven course taught by Tony. Together we wrote the manual and were able to eliminate the royalty fees on the videos. This project took my understanding of the material to an even deeper level. Vanda and I continued to teach together as often as possible. An unbiased Measurement & Evaluation team gather statistics from workshop participants for 3 years. Results showed that this was the #1 course (even compared to the technical classes) as far as participants using skills taught in the workshop after the class in both their work and personal life.

In 1998 I left EDS (having taught over 7,000 EDS employees across the US and Canada) and NastGroup, Inc. was born. That year Vanda named me her first Senior Master Trainer and I retained that title until 2006 when Vanda founded The Learning Consortium and I joined her in that new adventure.

What do you perceive to be the greatest benefits of using maps?

It changes the way you think and process information. I think it’s hard to explain until you’ve experienced this phenomenon yourself. The other main benefit is the ability to see all of the data on a topic in a single page or view. This enables you to see relationships between data that would not be obvious in a linear document. In turn this helps clarify your thinking.

Could you tell us a bit about your upcoming workshops?

Although mind mapping is a major piece of the workshop, it’s much more than that. I share a learning model and then apply that to teach participants four different skills that most adults think impossible — including drawing a portrait of a human face. I force you to come face-to-face with your disbelief in learning a new skill and how that impacts your ability to learn — and then I watch you have that “ah ha” moment. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of all the activities, but I’ll tell you one thing. At the end of day 2 you will use one of the memory systems to learn to count to 100 in Chinese in less than 10 minutes. I know you don’t believe me — no one does … until the end of the day when you will count perfectly to 100 in Chinese. This workshop is packed with activities and skill-building. If history repeats itself, this workshop will likely be among — if not the best workshop you’ve ever taken. Here is the course abstract.

What would you say were the top 3 reasons to attend?

  1. Take that next step in your learning journey and expand your brain in ways you can’t imagine.

  2. Meet and learn from like-minded professionals including Vanda North and Graham Hughes who will be joining us.

  3. Be part of a community that goes beyond a 2-day workshop experience as we hold each other accountable and share in our learning beyond the 2 course.

When and where can people attend?

The dates are September 17-18, 2014 in Bournemouth, UK. Both days will run from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Exact location will be determined once we have a better idea on the number of participants, but registration will be limited to the first 24 individuals so we can get to know each other. Course fee is $695 USD. Biggerplate members can use the promotion code #BIGGERPLATE20 to receive a 20% discount when you register.

Thanks to Jamie for talking to us, and for rewarding Biggerplate members with her promotion! Don't miss out - be sure to register now!

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Barney is Community Manager at Biggerplate and shares user stories, mind mapping tips, and other news and updates from our global member community!
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