Did you know that our brains make up about 2% of our total body weight and yet they account for 20% of our daily energy consumption = our brains are hungrier than we think!
And learning uses a lot of brain energy so what you feed your learners has a real impact on their learning energy.
Things like lollies on the table, pastries and overly generous lunches can be a key feature in learning programs, in fact we often joke as learning professionals that we need to make the food good if we want our learners to be happy.
The question is what kind of food are you giving them?
Feed _your learners brain food that will help them maintain their energy through the day.
Handout: Feed Your Learning Brain
I had some fun today supporting a colleague, Fran, by facilitating a short, focussed knowledge sharing activity with a group of senior leaders.
Her need was , in 30 minutes, to introduce a new plan for an organisation wide learning program about productive conversations. Fran needed to start getting the senior leaders thoughts to feed into the design of the program. So we developed 3 specific questions about 1) the different types of conversations that they see their people having both internally and externally; 2) what can they do to foster a culture of productive conversations and 3) we used the Miracle Question (Focus on the desired future rather than the undesired present) to start framing what success will look like:
It worked well – most people liked that it was targeted and purposeful. I oculd see that some struggled a bit with the speed (eg wanting more time) but they also understood the constraints that Fran was dealing with + it was clear that this was just the beginning of the conversation.
Turns out you can do a lot in 30 minutes.