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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 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Content and Great Speaker I really learned a lot from this course. It really connects the dots between the brain works and being a better communicator.
Date published: 2022-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and Valuable for Everyday Communicatio I found this course to be really interesting and insightful. Dr. Friederichs Atkison is a really great presenter--I like her really approachable demeanor, and she makes her course fun. I think this is useful for anyone from an everyday communicator to someone needing this info for professional reasons.
Date published: 2022-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Practical Communication Tools Ali has a concise way of helping me be a better communicator; as a professional, I find it very relevant material.
Date published: 2022-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better Great information to help us better understand the brain. Has practical examples and methods we can make in our interactions to enhance teaching and learning. Very interesting!
Date published: 2022-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful presentations and knowledge transfer! I took notes the whole time and found it very helpful as I will be implementing new material that will help with training and communicating with clients and personnel.
Date published: 2022-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable information, expertly presented This course offers practical tools for better communication (later modules), rooted in academic research (early modules). The instructor conveys humility, vulnerability, and authority in her delivery. She brings passion to the topic and explains complex concepts well. As a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant, I found this information immediately applicable to my day-to-day work.
Date published: 2022-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent except . . . A very rewarding learning experience. Great Presenter. I believe the description of the "action potential" at the synapse is incorrect - the AP does not move across the synapse. Very small mistake, if I'm correct, but will worry Neuroscientists.
Date published: 2021-11-17
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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 Atkison

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

INSTITUTION

ROI Training Solutions

Allison Friederichs Atkison 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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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