Learning and Performance

Everybody wants Highest quality, Lowest cost, Shortest time

Printable version of Post   Quality, cost, time Quality, cost, time – these are three things that affect almost everything we do:  how well we do it  how much it will cost to do  how long it will take to do Is this important?  Yes, absolutely it is – because everything we do will affect … Continue reading »

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Power presentations that create WOW (in 4 easy steps!)

Printable version of Post   About power presentations A power presentation is one that ‘captivates’ its audience, holding their attention throughout. WOW is when an audience is greatly impressed and responds enthusiastically to the message. A power presentation that creates WOW is almost certain to produce the intended result (i.e. something is agreed, approved, sold, … Continue reading »

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Unlearning – the new survival skill

Printable version of Post What is ‘unlearning’? Unlearning – what a counterintuitive term!  It just sounds “wrong” – right? Well, even if it sounds weird, we will find it in the dictionary (Macmillan, Oxford, etc.) – it means “to change the way that you have learned to think or do things, usually because that way … Continue reading »

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Motivation – why do we do what we do?

Printable version of Post Motivation affects us all Let me start with a story: Once upon a time there was a small team.  The people in this team were all highly motivated – they had a passion for what they did, and they always gave 100+% effort.  They were very collaborative with each other, and … Continue reading »

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How to use learning styles to make a connection

Printable version of Post Alternate Title: How learning styles can improve our communication skills ‘Learning styles’ are about how people prefer to receive information.  Research shows that each person has their own unique preference for how they receive and process information.  But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that learning styles are exclusively bound … Continue reading »

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Why Note-taking is a Survival Skill

Printable version of Post Note-taking is (mostly) about remembering Why do I say that note-taking is a ‘survival skill’? Essentially, note-taking (aka note taking, or notetaking) helps us to remember things: Firstly, because our short-term (or working) memory has only limited capacity, we do not need to ‘hold that thought’ once we have made a note … Continue reading »

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Multitasking – the truth behind the legend

Printable version of Post Multitasking as a concept During the early years of the 21st Century, ‘multitasking’ (or ‘multi-tasking’) was one of the popular management buzzwords.  I can recall discussions about how it was necessary to be a ‘multitasker’ in the modern workforce, and I also recall how being recognised as a multitasker had a … Continue reading »

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How to improve your attention span

Printable version of Post Are our attention spans shrinking? Did you know that apparently our attention spans are shrinking.  A UK behavioural research study conducted in 2008 for Lloyds TSB Insurance [1] showed an average attention span to be just over five minutes.  That compared to more that 12 minutes a decade previously. The prime … Continue reading »

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Brain food – what exactly should we be eating?

Printable version of Post What make the best brain food? Our brain is the hungriest part of our body. It consumes about 20% of our energy. Did you know that the type of food we eat can influence alertness, attention, concentration, thinking, memory, learning, and decision-making? The fact is that we can all boost our … Continue reading »

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Are ebooks better than paper books?

Printable version of Post Do you do much reading from a computer screen (or similar)? Do you use digital books (ebooks or e-books) rather than physical (i.e. paper) books? I often read digital content, usually from a mobile device such as my phone or tablet.  I spend a part of my daily commute reading posts … Continue reading »

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