Friday, July 18, 2008
One of the 100 blogs I read daily is from the British Psychological Society and their Research Digest Blog. I encourage you to read through their posts and look for articles on brain studies and human development research. It can help you think about your audience members as varieties of the same machine, the human being. One valuable technique I use is to take a look at child behavior and development studies. Our personality, core learning style and internal attitude setting (are you generally a positive or negative person) is almost matured by the time we are six. These are just a few factors that impact an audience member's ability to get, retain and potentially act upon your content.
Studying research information is also important as a trainer/speaker because there are many techniques you can employ in direct response to key research findings. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
Why psychologists are asking children to touch their toes
What do your thoughts reveal about you?
We see things differently when they're near our hands
Real-life examples may not be best for teaching maths
How to interview children
We're more likely to listen to expensive advice
Fold your arms to boost your performance