Brain Rules for Presenters

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One of the best books I have read this year is Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. The applications for presentation are many. This is a book review of …

One of the best books I have read this year is Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. The applications for presentation are many. This is a book review of sorts, though I do not highlight all aspects of the book. I focus on the three rules that relate most directly, though all the rules have lessons. Just a fantastic book.

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  • Awsome. Good job. (Take a look at/fix) the alzheimers % info on slides 66 and/or 122)
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  • really good! Only principle #1 leaves me wondering: how can we get our audiences moving and thus digesting our information better?
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  • Dom arigato Garr-san. Quality demonstration of how to do a brain-friendly, learning-maximised presentation!
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  • 4. “ Brain Rules is one of the most informative, engaging, and useful books of our time. Required reading for every educator and every business person. My ” favorite book of 2008! — Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen
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  • 12. Introduction
  • 13. edina John M This is Dr.
  • 14. He knows how these work edina John M This is Dr.
  • 15. Why is he so happ y?
  • 16. his book is Why is he Because astic! so happ fant y? * %$#@
  • 17. These takeaways and quotes are based on three of Dr. Medina’s 12 rules > just
  • 18. These takeaways and quotes are based on three of Dr. Medina’s 12 rules > just Here they are...
  • 19. Rule #1 Exercise boosts brain power. Rule #4 We don’t pay attention to boring things. Rule #10 Vision trumps all other senses.
  • 20. Why it matters
  • 21. “ If you are in education, you are in the business of brain development. If you are leading a modern corporation... you need to know how ” brains work. — Dr. John Medina
  • 22. Context
  • 23. In our world today...
  • 24. owerP oint is Death -by-P mon that it ’s just so com d “nor mal.” con sidere normal... Yeah, ab
  • 25. owerP oint is Death -by-P mon that it ’s just so com d “nor mal.” con sidere normal... Abby Normal? Yeah, ab
  • 26. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of their own ppt suffering: Check this guy out...
  • 27. oint! werP ce Po Ni
  • 28. What does Brain Rules say about presentations?
  • 29. Dr. Medina on presentations > Today
  • 30. “ Toss your PowerPoint presentations. — Dr. John Medina ”
  • 31. Why?
  • 32. k wh y you have to as reall y nt sli des? Do you your curre toss s hould
  • 33. “ ” Because, says Dr. Medina...
  • 34. “ ...it’s text-based with six hierarchical levels of chapters ” and subheads—all words. Get t hat t ext off th e scre en...
  • 35. “ ...it’s text-based with six hierarchical levels of chapters ” and subheads—all words. Get t hat t ext off th e scre en... Huh?
  • 36. ,M c Fl y! H e llo
  • 37. It’s not working ...
  • 38. So what?
  • 39. So stop doing this:
  • 40. Which leads to this:
  • 41. Which costs this:
  • 42. Time Money
  • 43. u get what I’m sayin’? Yo
  • 44. u get what I’m sayin’? Yo Now let’s look at ho Brain Rule w s can help ...
  • 45. 12 Brain rules t #1, #4, and #10. We’ll look a
  • 46. Brain Rule #1
  • 47. Rule #1 brain power Exe rcise boosts
  • 48. and yet...
  • 49. What are some examples of perfect “anti-brain” environments today? according to Dr. Medina
  • 50. the L e c t u re h all Classroom pic
  • 51. the L e c t u re h all Classroom pic
  • 52. Cl as the s ro o m
  • 53. Th e o ffi ce Classroom pic
  • 54. Th e o ffi ce Classroom pic
  • 55. se are W hoa! Tho environ ments! scary
  • 56. se are W hoa! Tho environ ments! scary How ca n you t in thos hink e space s?
  • 57. “ There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom ” and cubicle. — Dr. John Medina
  • 58. “ There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom ” and cubicle. brot her! en, — Dr. John Medina Am
  • 59. Sure, you know exercise is good for you...
  • 60. But exercise is not just good for general health, it actually improves cognition.
  • 61. But exercise is not just good for general health, it actually improves cognition. Two reason s for this...
  • 62. 1 “ Exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain, which reduces brain-bound free radicals ...an increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an uptick in mental ” sharpness. — Dr. John Medina
  • 63. 2 “ Exercise acts directly on the molecular machinery of the brain itself. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance ” to damage and stress. — Dr. John Medina
  • 64. ore b rain b enefits: M EF ITS BEN ion Reduce s depress a dementi Treats reasoning Improves m Improve s long-ter memory d Imp roves flui in telligence lzheimer’s Reduces A % 0 risk by 5 lems solve prob Helps you . A nd more..
  • 65. What’s this have to do with presentations? Two things...
  • 66. 1 Passively sitting is a very unnatural thing. Audiences have no patience for tedium. Think of the presentation from your audienceʼs point of view.
  • 67. 2 During the preparation stage, if youʼre struggling with an idea, if youʼre stuck, then go for a walk, a run, just move...
  • 68. ...we were born to move. Evidence suggest we may even think better if we toss the couch-potato lifestyle.
  • 69. ...we were born to move. Evidence suggest we may even think better if we toss the couch-potato lifestyle. .. otato. H m mm...P
  • 70. Brain Rule #4
  • 71. Rule #4 do n’ t pay We ntio n to atte ngs ing thi bor
  • 72. else important to ’s something n stage: Here in the preparatio remember ltitasking Mu is am yt h.
  • 73. “ Multitasking, when it comes to paying ” attention, is a myth. — Dr. John Medina
  • 74. “ We are biologically incapable of processing attention-rich inputs ” simultaneously. — Dr. John Medina
  • 75. Workus interruptus
  • 76. People who are interrupted: Take 50% longer to complete a task. Make 50% more errors.
  • 77. People who are interrupted: Take 50% longer to complete a task. Make 50% more errors. You’d be more eff without t icient he interr uptions
  • 78. ine is great, but H ey, being onl ed how much of you ’d be surpris o n ected” is als yo ur “being con ” “being interrupted.
  • 79. “ When you’re always online you’re always distracted. — Dr. John Medina ”
  • 80. “ So the always online organization is the always ” unproductive organization. — Dr. John Medina
  • 81. Yet, most presentations are put together while doing other things... Is this you?
  • 82. Johnson! Where’s that pres entation I asked f or?!!!!
  • 83. is an issue, and Yes time but... se is different, each ca
  • 84. If the presentation matters, you need time off the grid to prepare.
  • 85. If the presentation matters, you need time off the grid to prepare. o ditch the You might want t r a while... comput er too fo
  • 86. Try “going analog” and focusing only on the presentation in the prep stage. Is this you?
  • 87. Big p icture vs. details
  • 88. Structure your presentation around meaning, and the big picture. Then support key ideas with details.
  • 89. “ If you want to get the particulars correct, donʼt start with the details. Start with the key ideas and, in hierarchical fashion, form the details ” around these larger notions. — Dr. John Medina Good advi ce, but ho pay attent w long can ion to you people r talk?
  • 90. The brain needs a break .
  • 91. “ If keeping someone’s attention in a lecture was a business, it ” would have an 80% failure rate. — Dr. John Medina
  • 92. After 10 minutes, audience attention steadily drops.
  • 93. The 10-minute rule High Attention Low 10 20 30 40 50 Minutes of class time Source: www.brainrules.net/attention
  • 94. So do something emotionally relevant at each 10-minute mark to regain attention.
  • 95. Dr. Medina suggests changing gears every 10 minutes in your presentation (lecture, etc.). Tell a relevant story, show a relevant video, do a relevant activity, etc.
  • 96. One more thing about attention ...
  • 97. We’re wired to notice patterns
  • 98. Chunking example IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBI At first those letter won’t make sense... But eventually yo u’ll recognize chunks you’ve see n before.
  • 99. Chunking example IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBI Of course, graphic design can help you see the chunks... Adapted from: www.brainrules.net/attention
  • 100. “ The brain pays attention to patterns. Remembering some- thing we’ve seen before (like quick- sand) is a useful ” evolutionary trait. — Dr. John Medina
  • 101. What’s the most common communication mistake? to Dr. Medina ac cording
  • 102. “ Relating too much information, with not enough time devoted to connecting the dots. Lots of force ” feeding, very little digestion. — Dr. John Medina
  • 103. “ The brain doesn’t pay attention to boring things, and I am as sick of ” boring presentations as you are. — Dr. John Medina
  • 104. Brain Rule #10
  • 105. ule #10 R trum ps Vi sion sen ses a ll o ther
  • 106. Fa ct: we have r reca ll for bette l information visua
  • 107. We are incredible at remembering pictures.
  • 108. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it.
  • 109. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%.
  • 110. Rule of thumb Oral 10% 3x 6x Visual 35% Oral & Visual 65% Source: Najjar, LJ (1998) Principles of educational multimedia user interface design (via Brain Rules by John Medina, 2008)
  • 111. “ Why is vision such a big deal to us? Perhaps because it’s how we’ve always apprehended major threats, food supplies and ” reproductive opportunity. — Dr. John Medina
  • 112. “ Why is vision such a big deal to us? Perhaps because it’s how we’ve always apprehended major threats, food supplies and ” reproductive opportunity. — Dr. John Medina Can I eat it? Will it eat me? Can I mate with it? Will it mate with me? H ave I seen it before?
  • 113. Pictures beat text
  • 114. Recognition soars with pictures “ Various studies show that recognition doubles for a picture compared with text. — Dr. John Medina ” pictures only text only 0% 50% 100% source: www.brainrules.net/vision
  • 115. “ Pictures beat text...because reading is so inefficient for us. We have to identify certain features in the letters to be able to read them. ” That takes time. — Dr. John Medina
  • 116. a rned? e we le t hav S o wha
  • 117. . gain.. ules a h ree r ose t s ee th Let’s
  • 118. Rule #1 Exercise boosts brain power. Rule #4 We don’t pay attention to boring things. Rule #10 Vision trumps all other senses.
  • 119. Review
  • 120. Rule #1 Exercise boosts brain power. eview✓ Our brains were built for walking/moving! R ✓ To improve your thinking skills, move! ✓ Exercise gets blood to the brain, bringing it glucose and oxygen. ✓ Aerobic exercise 2x/week halves the risk of general dementia, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s by 60%. ✓ Exercise is just about the best thing you can do for yourself says Dr. Medina.
  • 121. Rule #4 We don’t pay attention to boring things. iew✓ No multitasking. When it comes to ev attention, it’s only one thing at a time. R ✓ We are better at seeing patterns, abstracting meaning than recording details. ✓ Tapping people’s emotions helps them learn. ✓ People start to fade after 10 minutes. Get them back by telling stories, examples, and targeting their emotions.
  • 122. Rule #10 Vision trumps all other senses. iew ev ✓ Vision is our dominant sense, using half of R the brain’s resources. ✓We learn/remember best through pictures compared to text or spoken words. ✓Try to communicate more with pictures. ✓Toss your current PowerPoint slides.
  • 123. Question: or the 3 rules mean f What do these ? And f or the of presentation neral? world and sch ool in ge world o f work All 12 rules at a glance
  • 124. John Medina’s 12 Brain rules >> PDF ist in this l nload site: a n dow e s web You c in Rul -rules th e Bra t/the from es.ne br ainrul www.
  • 125. John Medina’s 12 Brain rules >
  • 126. Includes a great DVD too! Want to learn more? Then get this book... And go to this website: www.brainrules.net
  • 127. out these slides Ab w w.istockp hoto.com, All imag es from w ina which of Dr. Med xcept f or images es media e e Brain Rul e available in th mediakit ar rules.net/ kit here: www.brain
  • 128. These slides were produced y GGarr eynolds by r RReynolds odu ced b ar es were pr Japan. Software used Tinehis slid in Osaka Japan. Software used h se home was hom e in Osaka, (but PowerPointwould’ve in his Apple’s Keynote (but PowerPoint would’ve ote . done pple’s Keyn well) and a bit of Photoshop was A the trick as a bit of Photoshop. nd ick as well) a done the tr Checkout t Checkout he PZ website the PZ websit!e ! ti i nzen. . om aatoonzenccom .p esent GARR ww.prresent R GARR EYN O REYN LDS OLDS w ww w
  • 129. These slides were produced by Garr Reynolds in his home in Osaka Japan. Software used was Apple’s Keynote (but PowerPoint would’ve done the trick as well) and a bit of Photoshop. Domo Arigatou Checkout the PZ website ! GARR REYN ww.present ationzen.com OLDS w