5 Brain Dead Simple Books About Presentation Brain Science

When it comes to scientific research you should really take things with a grain of salt and examine them closely.

Going straight to research journals outside your professional expertise can lead to a splitting headache and dangerous misinterpretation. Equally menacing is being spoon-fed faulty explanations by so-called experts.

The Top 5 Picks

Look no further than these picks below (that have been vetted), if you’d like to dig deeper into the research behind human learning and training. These books are written for the layperson with integrity—by distilling the research into brain dead simple terms. You’ll gain an understanding into what exactly engages audiences.

1. Brain Rules, John Medina

This is the book that breaks down an overall look into the human brain. A comprehensive, entertaining, and informed set of concepts that shed light on what exactly is going on in the heads of your audience.

2. Evidence-Based Training, Ruth Colvin Clark

A book actually geared towards those in the Instructional Design field—it uncovers evidence coming out of recent research on human learning. It also dissects popular myths about how people learn and how they retain information.

3. Using Brain Science To Make Training Stick, Sharon Bowman

Have fun with this book. It not only explores key principles from brain research, but offers dozens of examples on how to practically implement the research into the creation of your presentation content.

4. 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People, Susan Weinschenk

A go-to quick reference guide I’ve given numerous times as a gift to professional speaker friends—this book is one you may want two copies of in order to mark one up and keep the other intact on the shelf.

5. The Ten-Minute Trainer, Sharon Bowman

Another must-have reference guide offering over 100 exercises and activities that engage audiences and increase their retention of the material you present. There is a section that explains the brain research behind the exercises.

You Can Use These

I promise you that these great works will both delight and get you pumped about brain science. Their practical applications await your implementation.


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