Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Of Brain Rules

I've just been reading a book about the brain. It's called "Brain Rules - Principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and school" by John Medina.
From it I've gleaned the following points :

1. Physical exercise boosts brain power. To be smarter incorporate some physical movements in your meetings and work schedule. Application: One-to-one meetings on two exercise bikes? We move half way through a meeting?
2. Human beings are the smartest species not the strongest. To prosper form good relationships with others. Application: good HR structures critical. Test for stress. Devise welfare at work programme
3. Vision is the most powerful sense by a long way. Incorporate more pictures into what you're/learning teaching.
Application: Powerpoint slides go for pictures in preference to bullet points or mix both
4. Emotions always get our attention - if you want to keep people's attention interject some elements that will engage the emotions. This may be story telling or something.
Application: Introductions to our seminars in the TC start off with story or anecdote?
5. The best way to get a point across is to provide context or key idea first then the detail. Application: Introducing new item into company. Start with context. Then follow with details.

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