In his book Brain Rules, John Medina writes, “Emotionally arousing events tend to be better remembered than neutral events.” A key goal, then, is to tap into the audience’s emotion and try to stir up feelings that will make their learning experience memorable.
What happens if you don’t feel like you’re able to tap into your audience’s emotions? How then can you help them to feel something?
Chris Ernst from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently offered a solution to this quandary.
I went for a run the other day. I had set my sights on a 6.5-mile run along Lake Washington in Seattle. As I got going, I realized I was feeling really good. It felt like I could run forever.
I decided to test just how good I felt, and how long it might last. I picked up my pace to see what would happen. Did I suddenly have a magical power? Continue reading
I looked on in horror as the facilitator arched her back, lifted her shoulders, raised her arms as if she had claws, opened her mouth and let out something resembling a screech.
I was at the LINGOs Global Learning Forum, attending Kristin Hibler‘s session on “L&D Applications of Improv”, and one at a time we were all supposed to copy what the facilitator had just done.
Nope. Uh-uh. Continue reading
Last week I was talking with a colleague who made a distinction between what she perceives her team as doing compared to what some other teams do. She said: “We really view our team as educators, while there are other teams that get out into the field and don’t even care about who the audience is, they simply have a slide deck and they’re going to walk the audience through the slide deck. We call them presenters, as opposed to educators.”
I normally don’t get too caught up in language and vocabulary and semantics, but this was an important point. Perhaps more importantly, this was coming from an operational manager, not someone in the L&D department. This wasn’t just “inside baseball” talk among training geeks. Continue reading
There’s a school of thought that says: if you can’t draw it, you don’t understand it.
This was a concept that was introduced to me about 7 or 8 years ago during a strategic planning session in which the facilitator asked us to draw an intractable problem we were looking to solve. We couldn’t use words, only images (even if only stick figures).
I found it was a very powerful exercise, Continue reading
Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit the Buffalo Bills training camp. In addition to realizing that it’s definitely our year (seriously, who is going to be able to stop Tyrod Taylor?), I found some interesting parallels to the practice strategies that L&D professionals may want to adopt in order to hone their craft.
When the offense took the field Continue reading
Last week I re-watched the 1993 classic Dazed and Confused for the 3,925th time.
This week I finished a train the trainer session for a new client. During a break my mind wandered back to the clip in Dazed and Confused where the rising seniors were hazing the incoming freshmen.