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At any age – ACT as you learn for progress that sticks! Your brain’s *plasticity will do the rest!

 

* Plasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to create change by building new neuron pathways to dynamic innovations. It’s all based on our actions as we learn!

Mutual Mentoring – Where all Lead and All Learn

41. 10 Step Mentoring for Leaders and Learners - coverImagine mentor tasks where all learn, all teach and all lead. It’s called mindguiding – and it uses new neuro discoveries.

Mentors learn to lead – by working with their brain’s amazing equipment to learn, grow and collaborate with another person in symbiotic activities.

In contrast to traditional mentors who mostly teach,  mindguides work together in a vibrant set of tasks that help them to learn, lead and inspire change mutually – as they grow personally. Continue reading →

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25. Imagine We-They  Circles

Female and male brains differ biologically and intellectually in ways that few optimize. Cultural preferences differ and you can capitalize of people’s unique strengths. Change filters to write from new views.

Change filters to insert new view. Write from different filters, from another person’s vantage point. Ask readers to do the same.

What benefits could come to your day from brain related details on gender learning differences?

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24. Propose Plausible Solutions

The brain creates new neuron pathways toward possibilities you propose to problems encountered.  Design innovative solutions!

Create T-Chart – and on left side – list 3 problems.

On the right ride of T-Chart list plausible solutions.

Write possibilities from T-Chat list and discuss doable solutions to address any problems raised.

It’s really about moving from STUCK to UNSTUCK!  (Can you identify with this video?)

How will you design your best solutions this week?

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23. Teach Readers as Your Learn

Inspire creativity and invention through teaching at the same time you also learn. Ask readers what you can do to help them to enjoy learning and teaching

Open with a brain booster question to build curiosity in your readers. Remind them that we retain far more whenever we teach others at the same time we learn. Model how to learn and teach at the same time.

See why telling works against brains – while engaging sparks interest.

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22. Name Call

To name people with respect, is to spike personal awareness in their brains. That means looking for value that people add and communicating that value in your writing.

You may enjoy this link related to brains, new neuro discoveries and spoken names.

How will your writing cherish more names in ways that communicate genuine respect for another’s offerings?

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21. Don’t Shrink Reader Brains

Stress can literally shrink brains. Use stress busters before you write.

1. Breath deeply 10 times, with an effort to relax.

2. Listen to classical or ambient music.

3. Appreciate something and write about  it.

4. Remember fun with a good friend.

5. Break down a difficult fact into smaller pieces.

6. Write a comical story, or laugh at yourself.

7. Prioritize difficult parts of a problem.

8. Interview a person you admire most.

9. Tackle one difficult thing to show courage.

10. Create a winning stress-buster to relax.

What stress-free event will describe your day?

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20. Integrate Right and Left Brain

It often takes a few whole brain essentials to communicate big pictures for a wider audience.

From their left brains readers look for language, detail, scientific facts, strategies, logical thinking and sequencing approaches to show the order or timelines explored.

From their right brains, readers may expect word pictures, shared stories, musical rhythms or designs with novel and innovative possibilities. The key is to integrate strengths as problem solving tools from both sides of your brain.

What will you write today to inspire people to use right and left brain strengths. How will you avoid errors shown in this interview video that prevented an applicant from landing her first job?

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19. Say it Squarely but Fairly!

Meta-messages blur clarity through implications that differ from words actually written.

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What do you actually write when you really mean to write, “This topic stinks!

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18. Rate Through Encouragement  Boost a peer’s writing talents by encouragement. Support builds writing capabilities through raised serotonin .

Avoid punishing mistakes through negativity that sends  stress hormones –or cortisol – that kill growth  possibilities.

Pre-empt all feedback with appreciation.  The brain fuels creativity with  serotonin –increased by appreciation.

What if you rated every person as you would like to be rated?

What if your feedback  opened innovative pathways for another person’s progress?

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17. Play Plasticity to Win. How so?

Plasticity refers to the brain’s equipment to rewire your brain, and increase its capabilities to write. That said, plasticity expands writing ability when you:

~ Laugh at yourself

~ Speak and feel heard

~ Engage readers who rarely get involved

~ Monitor your inner language to succeed

~ Ask good questions respectfully

OK – it’s your turn! ~ How will you continue to play with new writing approaches to see what works best?

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16. Outsource More Memory

Research and jot down a few new facts about your topic.  It’s a bit like outsourcing unfamiliar facts and figures.

This frees up your working memory  to focus on integrating these new facts in ways that  solve real-life problems in your writing.

Working memory holds new facts a very short time, so you may wish to  sketch the fact in a quick image or diagram next to its meaning.

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15. Tackle Cynicism with Creativity

Cynical mindsets or pessimistic outlooks literally block creativity, impact talent, and stomp out innovation that could fuel your writing.

Cynicism at the start of an essay tanks creative possibilities for an entire work.

Convert toxic cynical statements into creative possibilities with brainy writing benefits.

Does your writing avoid toxins in the mind of a cynic?

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14. Engage Multiple Intelligences

How will readers see your topics through language, self, others, visuals, music, movement, nature, science or math?

A far wider range of intelligences is common to all readers, yet used by few writers.

How will you hold the interest of readers who are strong in one or more of the intelligences named above? Survey your best intelligences for free!

What will an artist gain, or a musician, for instance?

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13. Rev up Working Memory

Your brain’s basal ganglia stores facts and creates ruts, while its working memory in contrast,  holds few facts and leads change.

Write to shift readers from basal ganglia ruts to new insights that engaging working memory.

After seeing this video,   what will you write  to ignite reader curiosity for new insights?

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12. Hang New Facts on Old Hooks

Hook difficult facts onto one thing you know and more learning increases in less time.

Readers  take away more when content they read about relates to their real-life experiences, or familiar observations.

Your words can help readers to see connections, in ways their brain will increase their appreciation from your written words.

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11. Awaken Both Sides

Bring both sides to life – with brainpower tools to disagree. 

Brain waves spark both deep reflections and peak performances on opposite sides of topics, based on how you activate them.

Research both sides of your essay topic, and then show why and how some readers will clearly support one side.

Then, with equal enthusiasm show why and how other readers will support an opposite side with similar vigor. Withhold personal opinions to show value on both sides.

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10. Disagree by Building GoodwillWrite in tone that allows you to express alternatives with respect. Learn from views on another side.

Imagine many readers agreeing with one side because you agree well. Then see readers learning from your  no-side  – because you defend opposite views with similar solid facts.

Switch sides in ways that defend opposing views – with supportive examples to engage robust debate.

Respect ramps up curiosity for opposing views.

 

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9. Stretch Your IQ Rather than expect the same routine, consider new alternatives and write to learn about unusual or unfamiliar topics.

Consider what essentials readers should take away from your words.

Then invite another writer to review and help edit your conclusion to ensure those takeaways are evident.

When you act or write differently from your usual pattern, your brain grows new dendrite brain cells. Imagine raising the collective IQ in your organization – and you have the picture.

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8. Address Authentic Problems- Interview peers to see what issues they care about.

What questions are readers asking on your topic?  Listen with your brain.

What concerns readers most and what possibilities would they like to consider further?

Look at the research on your topic, but also listen to your potential readers.

Catch readers’ problems and help them to step in the direction of a resolution.

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