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Un-tapping the Potential of the Learner’s Brain

Learning is a natural, inquisitive state, which everyone has naturally engaged in from the moment they were born. It is inbuilt and instinctual. Unfortunately, workplace Learning is not always designed to tap into this natural inquisitiveness

You’re ready to TEACH but are they ready to LEARN?

You may have learners physically present at your learning event, however, it’s vital that you get them mentally present and ready to learn as well. If you want to be a great learning developer, it is your role to give your learners a positive learning experience to reignite their passion

Get them doing

A great learning design rule for brain friendly learning is to spend 30% of the time on giving out information and 70% of the time on the learner doing something with that information. This often goes right against the grain of what we have done in the past and what is asked of us.

Five big mistakes made in Learning design

Too many times Trainers focus on the features and technicalities of the training rather than the benefits - what the training will do for the trainee. How will true mastery of these techniques benefit the participants in their own personal lives?

Masters in Manipulation

If you are a Trainer, then here’s a title to add to your resume you may not have heard of before. As a Trainer, you are, in effect, a ‘Master Manipulator’; because in Training, manipulation is the name of the game for effective knowledge transfer.

How Does Your BALANCE WHEEL Measure Up?

Imagine that the wheel below is, in fact, a life raft. The idea is to keep air in all six compartments because if any one were to get spiked and lose its air, the other five would keep you floating.

Six POWERPOINT TIPS

If you have attended a Laurie Kelly workshop, you will know that we do not usually use media in our sessions – media is a resource or a tool to assist your Presentation, it should not be the core or the focal point of your address, but rather work FOR you as a visual backing to the Content

BUILD RAPPORT NOT RETREAT

Training invariably involves you needing to build rapport with your audience. Going in and talking non-stop at them is only going to lead to disappointment all round, and no doubt the beginnings of a lynch mob by lunchtime.

MEDITATION MASTERS

Hands Up who knows what Meditation is? Jazzy Fingers for all those who practice it on a regular basis… Now, all of those with your hands still up, or down ask yourself this, “am I giving my brain a break from the stress of life, for a few minutes every day?”

SLUMBER DUMP

Something to help outside of business hours, when the working day is done … A busy brain needs to switch off so it can dial down into sleep. A busy brain will churn if it has data to process and prevent you from winding down. A busy brain needs you to EMPTY it first

BRAIN NUTRITION: Food for Thought

There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain!

Eat a healthy breakfast to feed your brain and jump start it into action first thing in the morning. This will boost your productivity for the whole day and keep your focus keen.

Four STRESS-BUSTING TOOLS

Okay, we all lead busy lives and despite our character traits, our dominant brain hemisphere's and our varying ability to handle pressure, we ALL suffer stress in some form or other at different times. If you feel as though you are becoming overwhelmed from a work perspective - STOP!

GET YOUR GROUP ON !

When breaking your participants into Groups, use these 'quick-sticks' ideas: 1. Hair Colour - light & dark & inbetweeners 2. Birthdays - quarters of the year; or halves of the year; or if you have a large group, months 3. Numbering - have them number off, from 1 to 4 or 5 etc. depending on how many groups you want to work with. Then all the '3''s pair up, and the '4's etc.

MANAGING YOUR NERVES

There is, of course, all the traditional advice of how to manage your own nerves like: * Preparation and rehearsal. In your preparations, make sure you plan the processes you are going to use, as well as the content to be covered. This is essential.

TACTILE LEARNERS

Recently I was in Townsville running a Trainers Intensive and had three participants who became emotionally attached to their squashy toys. It was so funny at the end of the day we nearly had to do some grief and separation counselling.

IS YOUR TRAINING IMPACT LIKE BLUE TACK OR SUPERGLUE TO THE BRAIN?

The absolute, key focus of any training should be delivering content to all learning styles, in an engaging way, so it goes in and stays in, long term.