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Storytelling Neuroscience -- Rethinking Training + Online Courses

Storytelling Neuroscience -- Rethinking Training + Online Courses | Education and Training |
How can the neuroscience of storytelling help you create online courses?

Via Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:20 PM

This article by Ahmed Mori of SchoolKeep is written for educators but applies to anyone in business doing training or delivering online courses. There are great points made here about:

  • your brain on stories
  • tips to take advantage of storytelling
  • and a few cautionary thoughts

Here is what I like about the post:

  1. There is a clear research example given confirming that storytelling process both sensory parts of the brain while concurrently stimulating language processing areas.
  2. That stories do more than inform or entertain -- they stimulate critical thinking skills, capture non-linear situation complexities, and construct new knowledge.
  3. There is such a thing as bad storytelling.
  4. That the "storytelling" of marketing is a misnomer

The only point I take exception to is a quote by author Christian Salmon of Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind, who says that "stories are moving away from being spontaneous cultural practices to methods of manipulation citing examples like George W. Bush, Steve Jobs,..." 

Oh please. Manipulation with stories has been going on for 100,000 years. Think the Crusades, the European witch hunts, the Holocaust, etc. But also think of Winston Churchill, Gandhi, and Christ. That's why we need to get really smart about storytelling -- both as storytellers and listeners.

And storytelling remains just as spontaneous as it ever was, thank you very much!

OK -- off to my accountant's office. While I'm gone, go read this really good article and I'll post my next article + review tomorrow.

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at 

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How to Be a Better Coach, According to Neuroscience

How to Be a Better Coach, According to Neuroscience | Education and Training |

Sure, running a business is about maximizing the bottom line, but few entrepreneurs care only about the dollars and cents. For most, going into work every day is also about making the world a slightly better place and helping your team get better at what they do.


In other words, most business owners aspire to be not just managers but coaches.


How do you learn to be a great coach?

Via The Learning Factor
Insight Management Academy's curator insight, October 21, 2014 7:26 AM

how do you coach your insight team members?

Steve Bavister's curator insight, May 4, 2015 3:17 AM

Understanding the function of the brain is essential if you want to be effective as a coach

Bruno V Gallo's curator insight, August 3, 2015 10:35 AM

A new study finds that great coaches don't focus on finding and fixing their team's weaknesses. They do this instead.

Rescooped by Bobby Dillard from Cool School Ideas!

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | Education and Training |

"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."

Via Beth Dichter, Cindy Riley Klages
Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:57 AM

Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:48 PM
strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching ( where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, July 28, 2014 3:29 PM

Six practical suggestions for applying neuroscience in the classroom.