Top-selling authors' favorites
Learning is most effective when it's fun, according to top-selling
authors Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos in The Learning Revolution.
Throughout their 544-page summary of the world's best learning methods, and in demonstrations around the world, they provide dozens of tips on how to spark up any presentation – for teachers, trainers or public speakers. Among their favorites:
Bingo. How to get seminar participants or students
to introduce themselves in a fun way – and to recognize each
other's strengths. Great ice-breaker, particularly when
participants have never met before.
balloon game. A great way to demonstrate different
thinking styles. Wonderful for management or business
seminars. Each participants inflates four colored balloons to
match his or her best strengths – then finds three other
people so they make a well-balanced team.
to count to ten in Japanese. A practical demonstration to
show how all can learn much faster when they "see it,
hear it and DO it."
hat trick. One Australian restaurant lines its walls with
party hats, and guests wear any they like to create an
hilarious atmosphere. Dryden and Vos get students or members
of their audience to wear "brain hats" to act out
all the different parts of the brain (a reptile hat for the
"reptilian brain", a dog hat for the
"mammalian" or emotional brain, a two-sided cortex
hat to demonstrate both sides of the brain, a Chinese
"pigtail" hat to demonstrate the cerebellum or
little brain at the lower back of the skull).
thinking hats. One of Edward de Bono's suggestions for
teaching creative thinking. Students or seminar participants
choose from six different colored hats – and each color
views a problem in a different way.
Great science demonstrations. Fun, music, lights, actions!
Learning a new language with puppet shows.
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