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Brain Matters Featured in New Video (8/19/2019) - I recently met David Webb, a noted psychology expert. He’s given me this beautiful gift – a video he made to recommend my book, Brain Matters: How to help anyone learn anything using neuroscience, to his massive audience online. I think he did a beautiful job and it’s an honor to mentioned along with leaders […]
How Can You Implement Lifelong Learning in the Workplace? (8/19/2019) - The world of work is subject to substantial change. Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, neuroscience, genetics (to name a few) are transforming the way we live and learn. How can we maintain high levels of performance in a time of unrelenting change? The solution is often called “lifelong learning,” but implementing it isn’t quite as […]
Magnificent Desolation (8/13/2019) - “You must use the science in your life, or it doesn’t work.” – Dr. Bruce Lipton   On July 20, 2019, the world commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon. To this day, it is probably the most audacious, improbable, and stupendous achievement of our country – and our greatest […]
My Science Manifesto – We’re All Science Workers (8/12/2019) - Last week a colleague of mine gave me some pointed feedback that set me back a bit. “I’m not following you for your political beliefs,” she said. My initial reaction was to deny that I was making any political statements, but the truth is, I was and I knew it.
Billions and Billions – Reshaping our Brains with Numbers (8/10/2019) - Neuroscience continues to piece out the answers to what makes us tick, one tiny neuron at a time, but our wonderful brains are capable of using the language of numbers to comprehend massively huge or incredibly tiny scales. Didn’t we all feel a little less alone in the universe when we thought Carl Sagan told us there are “billions and billions” of stars with the potential to support life, instead of the recent story that the chances are “astronomically small?”
Psychology and Neuroscience Aren’t Competing – They’re Converging (8/3/2019) - Dr. David Webb is a member of the British Psychological Society and of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter.  A published author, he wrote The Psychology Student Guide in 2012 and The Incredibly Interesting Psychology Book in 2013. His latest book, On This Day in Psychology was published in March 2015 and provides daily insights […]
The Brain Science of Mentoring (8/2/2019) - Where will the next generation of leaders come from? Are they prepared for the significant challenges ahead?
5 Brain-Based Approaches to Increase Retention (7/11/2019) - Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:00pm EDT The moment they complete a course, each learner faces a crucial point of divergence. They will follow one of two tracks – learning or forgetting. The success or failure of your learning design depends on what happens in the minutes, days, and weeks after the learning experience is completed. […]
Using Chatbots to Engage, Support, and Inform Your Learning Audience – Training Magazine Webinar (7/8/2019) - You can’t be available to provide coaching and feedback 24/7, but an intelligent chatbot can! All over the world, people are using artificial intelligence to manage their bank accounts, book travel, and find great products, so why not use this same technology to help people learn new skills and advance their careers? You might have […]
Training Magazine Webinar – Using Chatbots to Engage, Support, and Inform Your Learning Audience (7/3/2019) - You can’t be available to provide coaching and feedback 24/7, but an intelligent chatbot can! All over the world, people are using artificial intelligence to manage their bank accounts, book travel, and find great products, so why not use this same technology to help people learn new skills and advance their careers?
Join us at Learning Dev Camp 2019 – Chatbots and Learning (6/2/2019) - My friend and famous elearning guru Joe Ganci and I have been traveling the globe talking about the power and simplicity of chatbots to engage learners in a new way. Whether you’re looking for content curation, branching scenarios, refresher sessions or a whole new way to build and deploy learning, chatbots are a fresh alternative. […]
Celebrating Great Teachers Everywhere (5/6/2019) - This month is a great opportunity to remember the teachers in your life and celebrate their passion, their patience and their commitment to your personal journey.
Do You Have the Skills to Implement Brain-Based Selling? (4/27/2019) - Let’s face it.  The world is changing. Customers expect a different buying experience. But all the top “sales training” programs were written in the last century – and they have started to look very dated.  Top performers know this and have instinctively changed their approach to be more engaging, direct, and transparent to their customers. But to […]
Give Your Microlearning Strategy a Makeover – A Step-by-Step Methodology (4/26/2019) - I was recently invited to join the folks at eLearning Learning to talk about microlearning. More than 700 learning professionals registered for the live webinar to learn how microlearning builds engagement and retention by stimulating the reward center of the brain. But it’s not so easy to change the way you design learning. With disruptive […]
You be the Judge: Who won the debate? (4/25/2019) - Last year, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) asked me to participate in a debate with my friend and colleague, Will Thalheimer. The question posed to us was this: Is Neuroscience an L&D Foundation? The debate continues today, but I think Will and I did a good job of framing the question and taking an […]
What if you could read other people’s minds? (4/24/2019) - If you could understand what was happening in the brains of your target audience, would you be a more effective trainer, designer, consultant, or leader? In Essentials of Brain-Based Learning, you will learn how the brain receives, encodes, and retrieves information to construct knowledge, and use these insights to improve your learning programs and gain […]
“We ARE the Disruption” – Changing what it means to be human in the digital age (4/24/2019) - Once in a while an event series is born that shakes things up, it makes you think differently, it leaves you inspired. That event is DisruptHR. This year, I joined 13 fellow HR professionals to shake things up in Phoenix. It was fun to develop a presentation that limited me to 20 slides, 15 seconds […]
Give Your Microlearning Strategy a Make Over (4/16/2019) - Social media has changed learner expectations. The evidence suggests that short, targeted content can maximize learner engagement and increase business results. But it’s not so easy to change the way you design learning. With disruptive technologies changing the nature of work, you’re facing pressure to produce more results with less – less time, smaller staffs, […]
3 Ways to Stay Afloat in the Coming Tsunami of Change (4/13/2019) - It is tempting to believe that one’s own time is facing the most rapid, disruptive rate of change ever experienced. Certainly Shakespeare must have thought so. During his life, the following things happened: The ruling military power in the civilized world changed from Spain to England with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Galileo and […]
We Think – Therefore We Learn. Why Psychology is Still Relevant in the Age of Neuroscience (4/2/2019) - Nearly everything we thought we knew about the human brain changed when we started putting live subjects into functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRIs) about 15 years ago. You might think that with the invention of the fMRI and other brain imaging technologies psychology has gone the way of phrenology and other pseudo-science, but this […]
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