How Brain-friendly is your learning?

Have you ever been on a training course, and found that a week later you can't remember anything about it? Other than maybe the chairs were uncomfortable, and there were hundreds of PowerPoint slides? Oh, and there was a whizzy video. If so, you're not alone!

We go on training to improve ourselves, to learn something new, or to be able to do something differently or better. But so much of today's learning, simply does not achieve these outcomes. Which is scary.

But don't despair - things can be different!

"Learning isn't working - but it can be fixed" - an article from the CIPD People Management magazine this month describes how cognitive neuroscience is changing our understanding of how people learn, and the implications of this for L&D professionals. The answer? It's all about getting to know the brain...

I am excited! I've been an advocate of Brain-based Learning, ever since being introduced to the work of Eric Jensen several years ago. I truly believe that by knowing how the brain learns, remembers and behaves, we can enhance our learning offerings to have maximum effect for our learners.

And I have seen first-hand it's extra-ordinary and powerful impact.

When I first implemented a brain-based learning approach within an organisation, I was blown away by the positive feedback it received. Both about the training sessions themselves, and about how well people said they remembered and applied the learning later. Which is of course the whole point! And this was Health & Safety training - a topic notoriously difficult to make interesting and engaging... but pretty important for people to remember.

Our brains are complex. So many things impact on how and when our brains learn best. Our emotions, our senses, how meaningful the learning is for us, our levels of stress, our energy, environment, motivation, body rhythms, attention levels... The list goes on and on... And they all play a key part in making the learning truly memorable for us and our brains.

Brain-based learning guides us through this maze. Giving us an approach, tools and techniques we can actively employ to create an unrivalled quality of 'brain-friendly' learning, which our learners will both remember and apply.

So ask yourself, how 'brain-friendly' is your learning?

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