22 April 2016

Training with the brain in mind

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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.

Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to ‘get it’, and others just don’t?

Take, for example, Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The former just observed everything almost unconsciously, while the latter barely kept up with the astute observations from his colleague. 

Have you ever noticed that some people know their material, but can’t seem to be able to articulate it well, and the more they try to do so, the more confused them seem to become? 

Well, the uncomfortable truth is that maybe we have to pay more attention to Brain Research when planning, designing and delivering our training materials to ensure we are doing the best we can for our students. 

Learning is about connecting brain cells.  

That’s it - pure and simple, and at its most basic.

Our role should be more about manipulating great, resourceful learning states for our learners, than just giving them the information and hoping that it sticks.  We need to ensure those brain cell connections are made – multiple, strong, enduring connections – and this is done during training with an engaging delivery style that is brain friendly and fun.

This has nothing to do with ‘Content’ - it has to do with the delivery of that content. I will focus particularly on how we work with the use of simple video as a great learning tool.

Good manipulation is an art-form, but highly effective when done well.

We activate neuro-pathways to facilitate great learning. A trainer’s role is to embed information, but in the most effective way possible, and with delivery skills.


About our Industry Guest. Laurie Kelly is the Director of Mindworks. He travels the world sharing his extensive knowledge on how the mind works, in order to maximize the greater impact of training through brain friendly practices. 

Want to learn more? Check out the following resources.

  • Webinar Recording: Upsklling with the Brain in Mind - We played with this topic in a 30-minute webinar, where I demonstrated some brain-friendly training techniques. (Click here and select 'Recorded Webinars') 
  • eBook: 3 Powerful Ways to Create Brain-friendly Training - Training can be fun, uplifting and empowering when it is based on good principles of brain-friendly learning. To learn how to apply this to your own training, please click below. 

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