You’re a Tool – Brain Based Learning Educational

The second educational in our sample meeting was ‘You’re a Tool’ by Belinda Faulkner. The message being that we are the strongest training tool we have. It is up to us as trainers to be engaging and to immerse trainees in the learning experience. It began with the difference between speaking and training, how to engage learning centres and the application it can have in Toastmasters educationals.

The Fundamental Difference Between Speaking and Training

Listening to a great speech is essentially a passive experience whereas to benefit from training you need to engage the learning centres of the brain. Participating in training needs to be an active learning and listening experience. It is important then as trainers that we engage people in their learning experience.

Brain Based Learning

The principles behind brain based learning stem from the fact that the brain is not a linear processor. It is a parallel processor and can process multiple feeds at the same time. Whist we may focus on one primary sense – as described in Eric’s representational systems – we can process multiple feeds simultaneously like hearing, smelling and tasting.

Therefore it is essential we are fully immersed in the learning experience – such as language students visiting the culture where the language is spoken, so every experience and stimulus supports to learning. AS trainers we need to create leaning environments that allow students to be fully immersed in the experience.

It is important that there is a relaxed alertness. It is an important role of the trainer to create a challenging environment but to eliminate fear in learners.

Active Processing is essential to learners. Therefore trainers need to provide opportunities to consolidate information by actively processing it.

Application to Toastmasters

We brainstormed some different ways to determine what is needed for educationals – such as brainstorming, surveying, observation of trends or statistics.

Then we went on to the different techniques that could be used to deliver educationals – such as role play, breakout groups, Q & A sessions and forums.

For example an educational on membership could be a speech or it could be a role play in which one member plays the visitor and a small group play members. The members still seated in the meeting could direct the different actions of the people in the role play such as ignoring the visitor, bombarding the member with information but not asking why the visitor is there. Then each person in the role play could explain how they felt. From there it would be easy to develop a set of actions for greeting visitors.

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