The Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better

Master both the scientific and practical dimensions of communication.
The Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The brain-based guide to communicating better This course seems to be perfect to help me become a more effective communicator. I’ve only just started reading the guide-book and haven’t watched any of it yet but I feel confident that I will find it helpful. It combines information on neuro-anatomy with practical advice. I’m excited to get into it.
Date published: 2021-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good course on the brain and communications This short course exceeded my expectations. It successfully built on my existing knowledge and introduced me to new ideas. Curiously enough, at the moment I'm using more of the earlier lectures than the later ones: brain physiology and functions, rather than improving my oral communications. However, with multiple viewings I expect that to even out.
Date published: 2021-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent learning experience! This course exceeded my expectations. I found it to be very interesting, informative, and useful. Dr. Friederichs has a very engaging personality and effective teaching style, and does a wonderful job of incorporating numerous examples and personal experiences to validate points made, to enhance learning, and to improve interpersonal communications. I thought her discussions of the value of using inquiry and analogies, using multiple modes of conversational enrichment, and overcoming communication roadblocks were especially well done. And, as an aside, considering the contentious political environment in which we currently live, knowledge gained concerning cognitive entrenchment will be very helpful to many in avoiding fruitless political conversations with entrenched colleagues on both the far right and the far left. Kudos to Dr. Friederichs for providing an excellent learning experience. I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2021-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good to know I have a fetish with communication...this course gave me a better understanding of the brain...my first exposure was a good one I need to review it again ...
Date published: 2021-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very helpful. I learned a great deal that I will find very helpful in my professional role as a teacher and also in my day to day communications...
Date published: 2021-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn’t Help Me Sorry. This course just didn’t work for me, although perhaps the problem is with the reception rather than the transmission. I had no “aha” moments. I did not learn anything new, or at least anything that I can envision using. I felt like I had just read another one of those self-help books that I then immediately discard and forget. The basis of the class is neuroandrogogy, the brain science of adult learning. She explains that she is not a neurologist and that’s a good thing because if she can learn these things, then we can, too. She then alternates between discussion of neuronal networks and tips for teachers. Dr. Friederichs is perky. Her lectures are always upbeat. I used the video version but I don’t think I would have been much worse off if I had used only the audio such as while jogging or commuting in a car. Oddly, the most frequently used graphic in the lectures, that of a neuronal network, is not included in the course guide.
Date published: 2021-06-22
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Overview

In The Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better, Professor Allison Friederichs will walk you through six lessons that can help you better know your own mind, and thus understand and transform your own methods of communication. You will learn how your brain acquires, processes, and retains information. You can then take that knowledge and apply it whenever you need to convey something to others, with the best possible results. While you may not have any control over how other people communicate, developing your own methods of connection and conversation can have a positive impact on both your personal and professional life.

About

Allison Friederichs
Allison Friederichs

I’ll show you how impactful communication isn’t about you, it’s about your reader.

INSTITUTION

ROI Training Solutions

Allison Friederichs is the president of ROI Training Solutions, which provides consulting, training, and speaking services in the areas of how the adult brain learns and professional communication skills. She earned her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Denver. She is a former Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Denver, University College, where she taught communications courses for more than 20 years and earned the Master Teacher designation for continued professional development.

Allison works collaboratively with trainers and instructors to teach brain-based training and education tactics. Her science-backed techniques leverage knowledge about how the adult brain learns to ensure that learning is actually taking place—regardless of the learner or context. She is an expert trainer of professional communication skills, most often focusing on professional writing skills. Her clients look to her to help them solve the inefficiencies created by poor communication skills among employees and teams.

Allison’s clients have consisted of organizations in the public, private, and academic sectors, including Marsh McLennan, Pinnacol Assurance, American Innovations, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Denver Public Library, the Douglas County (Colorado) Government, the University of the Pacific, the Montana University System, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, and the Association for Continuing Higher Education. She has been published in academic and trade publications, including UNBOUNDTD magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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The Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better

Trailer

How the Adult Brain Communicates

01: How the Adult Brain Communicates

Start your study of communication with a look at the basic physiology and functions of the brain, focusing on key regions and the roles they play. This biological overview ties closely to neuroandragogy: the study of how adults learn and retain information. By better understanding this field, you will get a clearer picture of communication and how to best apply its key principles to your own life.

32 min
Messages That Activate Our Brains

02: Messages That Activate Our Brains

Memory is a key component of communication. Discover how memory works by looking at the regions of the brain that help us create both short- and long-term memories and better understand how emotion can be key to creating and retaining them. You will also consider common miscommunication issues and memory tools like mnemonic devices.

30 min
How to Get and Hold Our Brains’ Attention

03: How to Get and Hold Our Brains’ Attention

How do you engage the attention of others to maximize successful communication? And why are we so determined to multitask, even though the mind isn’t suited to juggling various activities? In this lesson, Professor Friederichs looks at how attention works and then offers strategies you can apply to overcome the many distractions that can interfere with our attempts to share and process information.

32 min
Guiding Brains with Inquiry and Analogy

04: Guiding Brains with Inquiry and Analogy

Learn invaluable strategies that can lead to fewer miscommunications by harnessing the power of previous experience. As you will see, asking questions of your audience to better understand their experience can help you craft an approach—including analogies and other tools—that creates a bridge between what they already know and what you are trying to communicate.

28 min
Enriching the Conversational Environment

05: Enriching the Conversational Environment

We don’t communicate in a vacuum and our communications are often affected by what is happening around us. Here, you will learn how use an array of tools and techniques to enrich your communication strategy, cut down on distraction, and help others connect with the information you are sharing in a variety of scenarios.

30 min
Overcoming Roadblocks to Communicating Well

06: Overcoming Roadblocks to Communicating Well

The course comes to a close with a look at common issues that can hinder successful communication and different strategies you can use to overcome them. Whether you need to overcome anxiety or get past the roadblock of entrenched bias, these tools will help you better connect with the people around you in every facet of your life.

29 min