– assisting your brain to ‘help’ not ‘hinder’ your progress  

‘A passer-by noticed a workman struggling to fell a tree. The longer he watched, the more he realised the workman was using a blunt tool, and just sawing and sawing away, and making very little impression on the tree. He said: ’Excuse me, but you seem to be really doing it the hard way. Your blade is blunt and worn out. Why not stop and sharpen your saw?’ The workman replied: ‘Stop? I can’t stop! I haven’t got time to stop and sharpen a saw. Can’t you see the thickness of this tree?’ and he continued on sawing and sawing and sawing…’

This workshop is unashamedly about Rekindling your Spirit with simple techniques to maintain both the passion and the vision. The impossible IS possible, as long as we take time to work with our brain’s natural cycles, and have a mindset of flexibility.

As busy professionals we need to be aware of the concepts and skills available to help us Understand, Retain and Act upon what we need to know, as quickly as possible.

With so much to do, and in so little time ‘what are your options?’ you ask.  Well, this programme includes some excellent ideas to help with that – options, ideas, tips, tricks, skills and strategies designed to help you work smarter .


Expect to learn skills that you can take back and use immediately in your workplace, with your team, as well as in your own personal life. The pace of change can be quite daunting and exhausting, draining your energy and your focus. Don’t let that stand in your way today, or in the future.  Find out how to feed your tired brain and learn tips to work smarter, not harder.

Start each day knowing you can make a difference; and do just that with the takeaway skills you can’t afford NOT to learn with this practical and inspiring presentation .  Maintain Sanity in times of change, with a sense of real passion to thrive.


How Teams and Individuals can Flex their Mental Muscles for Business & Personal Success …

As we move into the 21st Century we are heading towards a time of even greater change. Change, we are told, that will totally alter the old ways we have done things.

Personal change can be desired, or it can be thrust upon us. The willingness and ability to change can often daunt us – yet it can also offer exciting opportunities.

What is required is a mental shift. A shift in thinking that will allow us to take advantage of the change and see it as an opportunity to get balance back into our lives and enjoy living with all the abundance that success brings.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will leave the workshop:

  • Excited about their possibility thinking – focusing on the opportunities rather than the obstacles
  • Knowing about whole-brain thinking and half-witted behaviours
  • Accomplished in ways to access the Alpha level of thinking, as well as working smarter not harder
  • Alert to their thinking patterns and the ways that they could be ‘sabotaging their success’
  • Focusing on their Vision and Visualizing for Success – ‘Sports Psychology’ in a daily context
  • Understanding that the different personality types in the team can enrich and enhance the team’s overall performance
  • Skilled to handle the stress of workloads, client expectations, family commitments, friends etc….

Programme for this Professional Development Day

Session 1: Working Smarter – Yes – you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Session 2: The Alpha Levels of the Brain – Yes – you can feed a tired brain – some “working smarter” tricks!

Session 3: Possibility Thinking – Yes – you can go beyond what you think is possible!

Session 4: The Balance – Yes – you can juggle lots of balls – it’s called living!

Session 5: Vision & Visualization – Yes – you can set yourself up for success!


Do you ever fear that with the flood of information you are being asked to process, you might not be able to calmly stay on top things?  Are you:

  • Inundated with information
  • Expected to be on top on policies, reviews, reports and agenda papers
  • Asked to make quick decisions and replies
  • Expected to deal with numerous clients and respond to them
  • Handle conflict situations from competing interest groups
  • Deal with various government departments, agencies and lobby groups
  • Attend endless meetings
  • Deliver articulate, well thought-out responses on various topics to various groups – often all within the same day
  • Meet people and remember their names and interests
  • Trying to keep abreast of financial viability

Being able to understand your brain and utilize its enormous capacity to cope via a series of strategies, skills and techniques will help you cut through the daily onslaught of information.

We need to really get our Brains working for us. Understanding some of the brain physiology is the key…. implementing simple things that fit our personalities is the answer.

Those who have experienced Laurie’s work before will understand that this will be a very practical and skills-based session so that you will leave with not only an understanding of the focused brain, but skills to work with it and have it work with you.

Key Points:

  • Chemicals of the brain affect our ability to think clearly
  • We have some control over these chemicals
  • Our Brain needs road maps to focus on key themes and targets
  • We can directly affect the processing capacity of our Brain by the messages we give it
  • Sometimes computers need to be turned off to reboot. So too our brains can function so much better with down time
  • There are simple skills and practices we can learn to clear and focus our brains so they in shape to handle the tasks required


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  FOR TEACHERS & AIDES empower the Learner and Teach Them ‘HOW’ to Learn

Do you deal with these sorts of kids?  

  • The Disengaged – ‘It’s boring…’
  • The Movers that can’t sit still
  • The Doodlers & the Chair Rockers
  • The Fiddlers
  • Kids that look away when they greet you
  • Kids who have lost confidence to even try
  • Kids that find it really hard to put their ideas to paper, even though you know they are ‘cluey’
  • Are you sick of competing with SMS messages to get, and keep, your students attention?
  • Are you teaching the entire classroom – or just the “Auditory” few?

It is imperative that teachers understand more about the brain and its implications for learning and teaching.  The greatest gift you can give a student is the knowledge of ‘how to learn’ and the motivation and confidence to want to do so … and to become life-long learners.

The Brain Friendly Training delivery style is to have teachers experience how fast learning can be when using a whole-brain approach. You can give the information, which most will have heard before, but it is when they experience the fast results for themselves and accelerate their own learning that they will start to reflect on the possibility that their teaching delivery could be made ‘even better’ than it is. This is called a ‘conscious convincer’.

Teaching to the different learners is not hard. It is just a different mindset that will engage and excite them.

Simple things like allowing students who need to, to use colour with maths. That concept would once have horrified the Maths teacher in me, but after seeing kids jump a couple of levels in one semester, I am now open to it, and if it works for them, I totally support it.

After using Gabrielle Rico’s ‘Writing the Natural Way’ for two weeks with a group of very reluctant writers in year 9, I had them writing two pages of A4 in 8 minutes. These boys could not write a paragraph in a 45 minute period prior to this.

It is essential that we teach students ‘how’ to think, and it is also important to understand that some learners need space and time to get their own thoughts organised. Teaching them the basics of Mind- Mapping is vital in utilising the creativity of the Right brain, and encouraging thought-ordering with the Left. This is a fantastic skill for essays and assignments, report writing, planning, prioritising and collecting thoughts across all ages and subjects.

Teachers often ask students to study but rarely give them the skills of ‘how’ to do so. Again, knowing ‘how’ the Brain takes in information, stores it and recalls it is crucial, and there are some simple processes which teachers can implement to assist the learners in ‘how’ to learn and use good study techniques.  It takes about 30 minutes over six months for an 85-90% recall. This is an excellent technique for exams and information that needs to be put into the longer term memory, as well as a great homework skill.

There are five Principles of Brain Friendly Learning:
  • Keep it Real: Content and experiences must be seen as being real and relevant to their world
  • Learners are unique: Empowering the learner by helping them understand their learning styles and teaching them how to use their strengths
  • Teaching needs to be multi-sensory to be memorable. Chalk and talk do not work for long term retention.
  • Students will learn content if they can create with this content … if they can make brain patterns that are useful to them.
  • A positive mental, emotional and physical State is Vital for learning. Teachers can influence the Learner’s State by activating the various chemicals of the brain that are useful for the various stages of learning and recall.

The State we are in when we learn is the State we will default to when we go to use this learning.

Process for the Workshop:

I do believe, after workingwith Teachers over the years, that they want practical ideas and skills that will work immediately to assist the various learners who are in their classes.  For this reason, a practical Brain Friendly Training In-service day will include techniques to empower the learner to discover how they learn best through the joy and motivation of learning success.

‘The talk will be walked’!  We will teach these principles by having the staff experience them  personally, thereby understanding the power they have to increase their own learning and engagement. It will be an active, fun day with lots of useful, memorable and most importantly, practical learning.

This is a very full day but the emphasis must be on giving teachers skills they can then teach their students.



This is Laurie Kelly’s signature Workshop:

Professional Development for Trainers & Educators – a ‘Train The Trainer’ course that adds real value:

  • Brain-Friendly delivery skills to Engage Learners
  • Accelerate Learning
  • Make Learning STICK
  • Build professional confidence

Word of Mouth referrals are the life-blood for any trainer and are the most cost effective marketing tool that we have at our disposal.

These referrals come from happy clients. These clients are participants who received outstanding training that engaged and inspired them; and organisations who received excellent return on investment because of practical learning transfer into the workplace.

It is the ability to deliver quality training that will build your reputation in the market place.

This program is about giving trainers practical skills to Engage the Learner to build both your training quality and future ROI.


This course teaches delivery skills which go BEYOND the current VET Cert IV in Training and Assessment, teaching you how to use Brain-Friendly training techniques so that participants will leave your training programs energized and confident to implement strategies to achieve real behavioural change!

  1. Engaging your audience
    • How to engage your audience – WHY?
      • So that they are eager and confident to participate
      • To raise the energy and motivation of the group.
      • Add more sizzle
      • Transform cynicism into excitement, or anxiety into unstoppable confidence
    • How to gauge and respond to your audience’s expectations and interests – HOW?
      • Interaction: Breaking up ‘cliques’ – so they are out of their comfort zone and ‘learning transfer’ is easier
      • Using small group techniques – so all participants are actively engaged
    • How to gauge the pre-knowledge of the group and encourage them to contribute their knowledge to the group – WHY?
      • Four different ways of gauging the pre-knowledge of the group – so you can target your material using good adult learning theory
      • Recognize previous knowledge – so you can utilize the expertise in the room
      • How to ‘Add Value’ to existing knowledge – so people feel their expertise is acknowledged and can be enhanced by adding value to it
  2. Your training style – we are all UNIQUE
    • What is your learning style and how does it impact on your training style?
      • So you don’t fall into the trap of teaching only the way you learn. You can accommodate all learning styles
      • So that you will understand how you learn, and the 23 elements that affect the learning influence of you and others
    • How to keep your training style fresh and relevant
      • Making the 8 Intelligences practical, especially for technical training – complicated concepts can be easily delivered so that they are absorbed and understood
      • Modelling ways to engage various learning styles – they’ll see it; they’ll hear it; and they’ll do it – so it sticks
    • How to present well to the group
      • Using the Philosophers Walk – so you model to the group Visual / Auditory / Kinaesthetic / Tactile learning – (VAKT)
      • Using the Pencil Technique – so you look clever and minimize your nerves
    • How to effectively facilitate the group
      • Using your group as co-facilitators – so you aren’t doing all the hard work; and your attention stays with the needs of the group
      • Understanding the myths of learning – so that confidence is developed
  3. The training room/learning environment
    • How to create an effective learning environment
      • Creating an atmosphere within the room – so participants are relaxed and open to learning
    • How to grab the group’s focus
      • Bring their focus into the training room – so they leave their worries behind and are open to your session
    • An alternative to ‘death by Power-Point’
  4. Activities to encourage interaction
    • Different resources to encourage interaction & promote increased energy levels, including:
    • Brain Gym exercises – so you can energize the group at any stage in the day and deliberately target what you need the group to be doing
    • Six different ways with playing cards to get your group interacting – break up the cliques, get the energy moving, get positive thinking happening
  5. Encouraging positive mindsets – STATE is Crucial
    • How to combat nervousness, encourage excitement in learning and keep your participants focused
    • Creative Session Openers – generating excitement about the learning possibilities
    • Overcome negative mindsets – so behavioural change is possible and they don’t give you a hard time
    • VAKT – how to build these perceptual modes into your sessions – your participants will be immediately engaged
    • Generate movement in the training room – gets the energy up, engages mobile learners, and minimizes boredom and distractions
    • Keep them awake after lunch – so when you are on the graveyard shift your sessions have vitality and impact
    • Keep the group on task – so you get through the material and are not high-jacked
    • Six fun ways of appointing scribes and relieving tension – so people are having fun doing necessary tasks
    • Build positive experiences – so people leave feeling confident and rapt in you as a trainer, and willing to change behaviour
  6. Keep it REAL
    • Keeping focus on the WIIFM factor
      • Improve the way learners transfer and apply the learning back into the workplace
      • Raise the credibility of training by finding better ways of linking it back into the workplace
    • Help participants to create truly compelling learning goals, that keeps them engaged and energised
    • Design your training with the end in mind. What experience do they need to assist them achieve this outcome?
  7. Evaluation and feedback techniques
    • How to find out what your group is thinking
    • How to lessen anxiety in the plenary feedback sessions – so people are relaxed and focused on the sessions, and you get honest feedback
    • Feedback Cards – so that you know exactly where all of the groups thinking is, not just the verbal few
    • Evaluation techniques – so that the group is focused on continuous improvement
  8. Presenting your resources and materials
    • Are your resources responding to the different learning styles (e.g. are they tactile, colourful etc?)
      • Use of Graphics – brighten up boring and dry content
      • Utilizing tactile resources that make your material is relevant to those who need to ‘touch’ it
      • Creative Chart Work – engages the visuals and makes you look professional
    • Are your training manuals aesthetically pleasing and easy to comprehend?
      • Whole Brain Learning Techniques – such as use of stories, metaphors, humour, graphics, colour, overviews, factual input – so that your material is presented in a way that people learn and succeed
    • Creating relevant ice-breakers – so that you are not wasting valuable time
  9. Memory and reading techniques
    • How to teach your group to read faster and comprehend more
      • Pre-reading – participants will love you forever for this one when they learn the tricks to read and comprehend at a speed they never thought possible – straight away
    • How to help with memory training and build retention
      • Six different methods to build retention, so they get it, can recall it and use it – so your training sticks
      • Memory training skills
  10. Brain Friendly Training
    • Keep it Real – make it highly focused on their training reality
    • State is everything – get participants into a highly motivated, resourceful state to learn. They will then use this state when applying the learning
    • Honour uniqueness and difference – tailoring training to the learning styles of the participants and to the unique culture of the organization
    • Make the training rich and Multisensory
    • Create v Consume – have participants create meaning of the information, not just consumption – then they will use it

This workshop is for trainers who want to make an impact, come up with new ideas, think creatively and achieve high energy, high-impact training programs.