The development of the IQ Matrix concept was more of a journey rather than a sudden revelation.
I began using visual maps for learning while I was undertaking a Psychology and later a Business degree at University. Back then the concept of making a living using mind maps was far from my mind; nevertheless I was consistently experimenting with new strategies and ideas on how to cut down my study time and accelerate my learning ability.
Over these critical years the concepts and foundations slowly started to piece together – particularly after I was introduced to a mind mapping book written by Tony Buzan. I incorporated these mind mapping principles into my study routine and discovered that they helped me enhance my understanding of the material in ways I had not expected. For starters I was saving an incredible amount of time, and learning for the first time had become very easy, insightful, enjoyable and exciting. My University marks immediately improved and I discovered something incredibly fascinating that I never thought I had the potential to do: I developed the capacity for a photographic memory.
Over the coming years I would do further research into not only mind mapping but also concept mapping, question mapping, radial mapping, linear mapping, interactive mapping, comparison mapping, hierarchical mapping, convergent mapping, cyclical mapping, flowcharting and many other forms of visual thinking. I thought that if I could somehow combine the most potent and effective features and ideas from each map-type that I could dramatically accelerate my learning potential and ability.
Soon these strategies evolved from paper mapping to computerised mapping, giving birth to the concept that is known today as an IQ Matrix.