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Business Brain Train: The Whole Brain Approach To Business Effectiveness



When did you last stop to think about how you work at work – and whether the way you work could be changed to help you be more successful? The Business Brain Train Seminar provides a thoroughly enjoyable environment for you to explore these questions. It shows how to make yourself more effective using mind mapping; teaches techniques for faster, more effective reading, and shows how to use memory systems to remember information. It examines techniques for idea generation, creativity and problem solving; planning; time management; and inter-personal communication skills (including making a speech and how to improve meetings. It focuses on the core skills required for success in any enterprise. 

Conference Objectives:

At the end of this conference the participants will be able to:

  • Read faster and more efficiently.
  • Tackle reading tasks with more confidence
  • Combine fast reading, mind-mapping and memory skills with time management techniques to help handle “information overload”
  • Develop effective strategies for managing time, priorities and pressure
  • Explore and develop new ideas and approaches
  • Be more confident in your ability to work in groups, to contribute ideas and to take initiative and responsibility
  • Understand how to create a “success culture” using “business brain skills”
  • Learn how to use mind mapping for planning, note-making and clearer-thinking
  • Learn the secrets of memory systems – and how to use them to remember information
  • Generate ideas and use problem-solving techniques
  • Develop strategies for managing time, priorities and pressure
  • Understand the importance of the whole brain effect on business effectiveness

Targeted Audience:

  • Managers, Supervisors, and Team leaders
  • Human Resources
  • Employees among all departments

Conference Outlines:

Unit 1: Brain Skills, Fast Reading and Mind Mapping:

  • Thinking about reading - and challenging your existing assumptions
  • Check current reading speed and understanding of the reading process
  • How the brain works and its relevance for reading more effectively and remembering more
  • The mechanics of how the eye works in tandem with the brain
  • Breaking delusions: challenging beliefs and assumptions about reading
  • Reading environment
  • How to be a 'successful' reader
  • Different approaches to note-making
  • How to mind map

Unit 2: Reading Strategies and Memory Systems:

  • Reading strategies: the theory
  • Successful reading: increasing reading speed and effectiveness
  • Reading practice
  • Thinking about remembering
  • Memory systems introduced (Memory magic?)
  • Remembering numbers
  • Using mind mapping to help you remember what you have read

Unit 3: Reading at Work, Memory Rhythms, and Thinking in Groups:

  • More memory magic
  • Different approaches for reading documents, textbooks, emails and the web
  • Getting control (how to read a book in a hurry)
  • How we remember - and how we forget (and what to do about it!)
  • Using mind mapping and reading strategies together
  • Thinking and working in groups
  • Project: mind mapping in teams

Unit 4: Time Management and Outcome Planning For Better Results:

  • Team mind mapping presentations
  • Outcome planning for better results
  • Better time management as a tool for handling information overload
  • Reading: understanding an article and extracting key points
  • Mind mapping software (e.g. Mind Manager, iMindMap, NovaMind)
  • Mind mapping: when to use the software, when to use paper
  • Developing listening skills as part of the note-making process
  • Revision in context

Unit 5: Problem Solving, Meetings and Planning for Success:

  • Putting it All Together: Your Toolkit for Handling Information Overload
  • Reading, remembering
  • Communicating in working life
  • Preparing for and participating in meetings
  • Reflective review (what have you learned and how can you apply it in the real world?)
  • Planning for success and planning to practice

Unit 6: Planning for Success:

  • Tools for Handling Information Overload: review
  • Using the tools during the week
  • The 4 Steps to Successful Time management
  • Getting control of your in-tray
  • Tackling time stealers
  • Planning to succeed
  • Reading research project
  • Barriers to communication

Unit 7: Creativity Unplugged:

  • Creativity: what is it, why is it important and can it be learned?
  • Great modern thinkers
  • Creativity unplugged: approaches to problem-solving
  • Creative thinking tools
  • Balancing information and creativity to get results
  • The power of perception - a business brain tool
  • Silo thinking versus other people’s views
  • Using Memory Systems for business?

Unit 8: Understanding Groups and Organizations:

  • How organizations work (understanding the OTHER parts!)
  • Proper housekeeping: why money matters in your job and your organization
  • Getting to grips with numbers
  • Being better at business
  • Memorize a speech (plus tips for speaking in public)
  • Thinking and working in groups
  • Group mind mapping project: ‘Dilemma’
  • Results planning (the ORCA strategy)

Unit 9: Creating a Success Culture:

  • Self-confidence and initiative
  • Assertiveness, fluff-busting and attentive listening
  • Getting your point across (outcome planning)
  • Body language: speaking without words
  • Making a presentation
  • The whole brain effect in leadership and management
  • Working with multiple stakeholders to get results
  • Creating a success culture

Unit 10: Managing Personal Effectiveness to Get Results:

  • Manage time and pressure
  • Open thinking and learning
  • Understanding meetings: hats, humor and how to get out of a hole
  • Teamwork: your role and job in the context of any organization
  • Perceptual positions
  • Managing Personal Effectiveness to Get Results
  • Planning for success and planning to practice
  • Feedback and final presentations

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