7 things you might not know about being a brain friendly trainer: #1 More slides rather than less

More slides rather than less?

man videoingMany trainers love to complain about PowerPoint; it’s not brain friendly, it’s old hat, it doesn’t encourage people to get up and move. All valid points to a degree but there are two sides to the coin and PowerPoint has its place.

Here are three tips that could help you use it more effectively.

1. When using images of people, pay attention to where the attention of those people is focused. If their gaze extends to some point of observation beyond the border of the graphic, we tend to be drawn to follow their focus.
Face images of people into the slide if you want them to look at your slide.

2. People are wired to pay attention to ‘change’ so keep visual change happening by creating more slides, not less. You will appeal to parts of the brain that notice change and you’ll be telling people ‘If you look away, you’ll miss something.’
This is intense for you and your learners though so don’t keep it up for a whole day; 10 minutes is probably more than enough and only include one point per slide – or you might even make one point across 2 slides.

3. Build your Powerpoint slides into a concert review to play at the end of a learning programme – its surprising what comes back into people’s memories about what they learned. See an example here from a previous workshop http://youtu.be/LvzwnbyG8vg

Find out more surprising ways to help learners learn by joining the only ITOL accredited brain friendly workshop in the UK starting 20th June 2014. www.howtobeabrainfriendlytrainer.com

Watch a google hangout conversation about these 7 ideas between Stella Collins and Martin Johnson of Big Picture

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