Conferences can be exciting and energizing, but if you haven’t taken the time to assimilate new information your brain doesn’t get a chance to move essential pieces of your experience into longer-term memory. That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of the Training, Learning and Development Conference, (TLDC) in San Diego. This conference is doing something truly unique and exciting. Along with great speakers and hands-on workshops, we’re having a Reflection Center, dedicated to giving conference attendees a quiet place to solidify new neural pathways through intentional reflection. Educator and innovator John Dewey said “We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.” This fact has recently been supported by multiple studies in the science of learning. I’m working with Reflection Center host Jennifer LeBrett, Founder and President of the BeWell Network, to develop meaningful activities to help you reflect with intention, ensuring that you will take away much more from this conference than a pocket full of business cards and a crumpled pile of session handouts.
Jennifer LeBrett, of BeWell Network, and I were guests on the popular learning program eLearn Chat, hosted by Rick Zanotti of Relate.com and Linda Joy, of lindajoyvoiceover.com. (What a great name she has, right?)
We talked about our collaboration on reflection and learning. The powerful combination of taking an intentional, mindful approach to your learning and taking the time to process new information that really accelerates learning and encourages retention. Jennifer and I are so excited to be facilitating the Reflection Center at the Learning and Development Conference (TLDC). This podcast gives you some insights into how reflection assists learning.