A Beginning…

- by Amanda Showler (age 5)

- by Amanda Showler (age 5)

Hello all,

The temperature is dipping and the leaves are changing, so that means another year of instructing across the country.  I’m excited to share the ‘ah ha!’ moments that I’ve had or seen.  I will also bring stories and examples of what I find across the country.  Toronto is my first stop in October. 

I’m hopeful that you will share yours with me too!  So this year is a new beginning and everything starts somewhere.  When I say that there is always one map that pops into my head.  It’s a simple and beautiful little Idea Map on the topic of “Leaves”.  I remember my daughter brought it  to me with “Look what I did!”.  She was 5 years old at the time and this one I hope inspires you too.  I encourage my students when they’re starting out that if she can do it, then so can you!  To have fun.  To try.  So with the leaves changing and whether it’s your first, four hundredth or four thousandth map… Happy Mapping!

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Hello Canada!

Welcome to all.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas and lessons learned here with you.  I hope you do too.

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to participate with Jamie Nast in her book “Idea Mapping”.  I’ll spin back through some maps to demonstrate the key features and benefits.  My passion for this technique was sparked in 1992 and it has only grown eversince.  I was reminded of that recently when I had the chance to observe a class that Jamie was teaching!  It took me straight back to that seat.  For the past 16 years I’ve given it a ‘go’ and created 1000′s of maps.  I was certified to teach within the organization back in 1995 and then decided to fly solo in 2006.  I can hardly wait to see what’s next…

Thank you for joining me here and Happy Mapping!

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