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Building a Better Brain. Building a Better You.

The ultimate guide to improving yourself by improving your brain.
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Created by Jason Liem
Last updated 4/2016
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My goal of this program is to teach you to understand, to know, and to care for you brain. In order for you to perform at your best and to be your best self, you must have a brain that works at it’s best.

This program to is to help you balance the function of your brain and to improve your life, since your brain and life are inseparably linked. Whether you are struggling at work, at home, in school, in relationships or within yourself, MINDtalk works hard to help you to get the best brain possible. 

The great news is the the brain is malleable and able to change. With some basic knowledge about the brain and targeted strategies you can make a good brain great. 

In order to keep our brains functional we need tune, balance, and properly nourish them to remain in excellent health. But if you don’t actively work out a plan to help it, the brain becomes significantly less active with age.

This program is a practical guide to understanding and optimising the functioning in your own brain, so you can be the best person possible. It will also teach you how to enhance the brains of your children, your family, your friends, your colleagues and those you manage.

Part 1 is a basic primer on the brain and will explain why it is essential take care and nurture the brain and how it is intimately involved in all you do. You will learn practical strategies and exercises that are based on real-life experience to learn to effectively bounce back from life’s inevitable set-backs. 

Part 2 is where you will take the knowledge of Part 1 to help to enhance the brains of those around you by learning how to communicate, to coach and to build strong relationships with the brain in mind.


It can be confidently said that most people rarely think about the day-to-day health of their own brain. People hardly ever give their own brains much thought, or considered how they work or how to keep them healthy. It is rarer still for people to actively exercise and nourish them.

There are no required classes on practical brain science for everyday living in schools and universities, yet the brain is more important than law, finance, nursing, history, geography and hundreds of other subjects. In fact, the brain is the place where all this knowledge lives.

People stress their brains by working at ever demanding and frenzied pace, living relatively sedentary lives, not getting enough sleep, holding on to grudges and resentments and the list goes on.

Without realising it, people deprive the brain of proper nutrients, invigorating exercise, fitful sleep, deep learning, and enriching social relationships.

When the brain is ineffective, over-stressed, and under performing, so are we.


By taking simple steps to balance and optimise your brain function, you will be able to enhance and take better control of your life.

My goal has been to design a practical, straight-forward program to teach you the latest neuroscience research and cognitive psychology on how to achieve the best brain function possible.

The principles and exercises in this program are based on years of learning and practical experience.

MINDtalk’s purpose to is to help people to optimise and restore the brain.

Who is the target audience?
  • Coaches and managers who want to compliment their existing skills with a deeper knowledge of the brain and cognitive psychology skills
  • People who have an interest in self development and growth
  • People who want to learn to deal effectively with their stress and anxiety
  • People who want to learn pragmatic and effective cognitive tools to 'tame and train' their brains
  • People who are curious about the inner workings of the brain and why certain psychological skills are so effective
  • People who want a practical understanding of the brain-based science and effective psychological tools
  • Professionals who want to sharpen their skills to communicate clearly and build cohesive, functional teams
  • Professionals who want to help coach and manage their people through difficult situations and change
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What Will I Learn?
Control the brain’s overreactive strategies to potential threats by understanding the fundamentals of how your brain works
Learn the fundamentals of the brain's inner-workings to effectively deal with stress and anxiety
Learn skills designed to target specific brain regions to shift from being reactive, subjective and problem-oriented to being more reflective, objective and solution-oriented
Apply the key-findings of brain-science and cognitive psychology to effectively coach, manage and lead people
Learn to build, maintain and manage cohesive teams based on the latest finding of the social brain by using brain-based coaching and communication skills
Find a sense of confidence, certainty and clarity when facing personal or professional storms and to effectively move forward and grow
Your confidence will grow through the understanding that you don't have to blindly-react to the brain’s survival strategies, but that you have a choice and can ‘tame & train’ your brain to employ more proactive and constructive strategies to deal with perceive threats and demanding situations
Your certainty will increase wit the confidence of knowing what you need to do in order to manage yourself, others and difficult situations
Your clarity will brighten from knowing how to engage the part of the brain that allows you to be objective, reflective, decisive and solution-oriented
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  • No prior knowledge, skills or understanding is needed. All the concepts and skills presented in this course is explained in an easy-to-understand format, but without losing any of the key scientific underpinnings
  • All materials are included in the course, except for pen and paper to take notes.
  • There are exercises strategically placed in the course to aid with retention and reflection of the material. Students are highly encouraged to complete the exercises.
Curriculum For This Course
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Start Here
1 Lecture 02:14

Welcome to MINDtalk's course Managing with the Brain in Mind. If you have ever been curious about the inner workings of your brain and mind you've come to the right place. In the following lectures you will learn how to manage yourself by training your brain, and to also manage others and situations. Look forward to working with you!

Preview 02:14
Managing Self with The Brain in Mind
12 Lectures 44:05

Answer the two questions to prime your thinking for the content of this course. Take a few moments for reflection and write down your thoughts and experiences. Your answers will serve as a basis to tailor this course to your experiences.

Preview 02:42

This lecture reveals the Prime Directive of our brain and what that means for each of us..

Preview 02:05

Defining the Dual Process Theory and how that affects our state of mind. This in the introduction to the Reactive and the Reflective mindsets.

Preview 05:04

How our mindsets directly influence the three major functions of the brain.

The Three Roles of the Brain

This lecture explores the specific cognitive abilities that are available to us depending on our mindset.

The Different Abilities of the Mindsets

Mindsets are not simply psychological states of mind, but each has it's own dedicated anatomical brain structures and corresponding functions. This lecture explores these very connections and what that means when it comes to how we engage with the world around us.

The Anatomy of our Mindsets

A review and deeper exploration into the functioning of the emotional centre of the brain, The Limbic System, and it's role in the Reactive Mindset.

The Reactive Mindset and the Limbic System

A review and deeper exploration into the functioning of the rational and analytical centre of the brain, The Pre Frontal Cortex, and it's role in the Reflective Mindset.

The Reflective Mindset and the Pre Frontal Cortex

Our neurochemistry (i.e. brain chemical messengers) determine not only the quality of communication between our brain cells, but the quality of our thinking, communication and ability to deal with demanding situations. It's all about getting the chemistry correct.

The Neurochemistry of Our Mindsets

This lecture looks at the role of dopamine and how it chemically influences the quality of our mindset.

The Role of Dopamine in Our Mindset

This lecture dives into the role of noradrenaline and what it means for our mindset.

The Role of Noradrenaline in Our Mindset

This is a review of the mindset networks the brain from a systems approach.

Review: A Systems Approach to the Mindsets
MINDtalk Newsletter and Course Supplements
1 Lecture 00:02
Course Supplement - Mind & Brain Newsletter 1
The Cognitive MINDtools
11 Lectures 34:31

An introductory look at the MINDtools to help make the shift to a more productive and solution-oriented mindset. i.e. the specific tools to shift from the reactive mindset to the reflective mindset.

Introduction to the MINDtools

This lecture introduces you to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). It is key to resetting your brain back to a calm state. Unfortunately, you have no direct conscious access to this system. But the following lectures will reveal how to reset your ANS.

The Autonomic Nervous System

This is part one of a two part lecture exploring the bottom-up tools.

Bottom-Up Tools Part One

This is part two of two lectures exploring the bottom-up tools.

Bottom-Up Tools Part Two

This is part one of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.

Description of Top-Down Tools - Part One

This is part two of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.

Description of Top-Down Tools Part Two

This is the first of five top-down MINDtools. This lecture explore WHAT and HOW to use the cognitive formula to affect change.

Top-Down Tool One A + B = C

This second tool explores how to use our own prior experience to solve current challenges. We can sometimes learn from what we have accomplished in the past.

Top-Down Tool Two: An Activating Memory

This third tool is to help people to break the pattern of Automatic Negative Thoughts patterns and to replace them with more adaptable and healthy patterns.

Top-Down Tool Three: The Trigger Mechanism

This fourth tool explores the cognitive ability to deal with missed opportunities.

Top-Down Tool Four: The Closed Door

This fifth tools explores the techniques of gaining perspective to see beyond our fixed ways of looking at things.

Top-Down Tool Five: Gaining Perspective
Managing Others with The Brain in Mind
14 Lectures 55:35

Understanding what creates gaps in relationships is vital in order to bridge them.

The Natural Dysfunctions of Relationships

An reflection exercise of your experience as to what build bridges and what burns bridges in relationships.

Priming Questions

Want to build strong, cohesive teams? An exploration of the fundamentals of human relationships. Get these correct and everything else falls into place.

Getting the Fundamentals of Human Relationships Correct

An explanation as to why the level of trust and the quality and frequency of communication go hand-in-hand.

The Crossroads Where Trust Meets Communication

What the positive implications are if we feel connected to the tribe, but also what are the significant consequences of feeling disconnected from it.

Survival is Dependent on Our Standing in The Tribe

An explanation of the social brain and the phenomenon of social pain and social reward and what that means for our mindset and those that we work alongside, manage, lead or coach.

The Social Brain is Key to Healthy, Functional Relationships

This lecture explores the powerful and influential nature of social pain and social reward on our thinking, emotions and behaviour.  These are the drivers of all human behaviour when it comes to our key relationships.  A fundamental lecture with profound implications on building and leading teams.

The Chemical Tribe: Social Pain & Social Reward

The 3 questions each of us unconsciously ask in every communication. The quality of the answers we receive has a direct impact on our social brain.

The 3 Most Important Questions in Any Communication

What to build strong, cohesive teams? Get these right and you are well on your way.

The Core Motivators of Every Human Being

An introduction to the 3 cognitive biases that are a result of when we feel social pain.

Introduction to Cognitive Biases

What is a Cognitive Bias?

A more in-depth look at the three key biases that are a result of social pain - when we feel disconnected from the tribe.

Exploring the Three Cognitive Biases

We can't escape the total influence of cognitive biases. Although we can minimize their effects. This lecture explores some of the skills that are suited for this.

Tools to Dispel Cognitive Biases

This lecture reviews the section on the social brain.

Comprehensive Review of the Social Brain
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:02

One last message to you.

Course Conclusion
About the Instructor
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The reason I founded MINDtalk (MT) in 2001 was a strong desire to help people to work through their professional and private problems, while at the same time giving them the knowledge, the skills and the self-confidence to be able to manage new problems as they arise.

MT believes everyone has the ability to control the brain’s over-reactive strategies to potential threats by simply understanding some of the fundamentals of how their brain works. MT believes everyone can find a sense of confidence, certainty and clarity when facing their own personal or professional storms and to effectively move forward and grow.

MT believes people find clearer insight and objectivity when they have the chance to articulate their thoughts into concrete words through constructive dialogue.


MT helps individual and groups to achieve this by informing and educating it’s clients about the brain, and then translating that understanding into a set of simple and effective techniques and tools. MT reaches out through the traditional platforms of individual and group coaching, workshops and speaking engagements. MT also engages people through social media and blogging.


The result of MT’s engagement and the efforts of our clients are people who are able to bounce back from life’s inevitable set-backs. Our clients are able to face their professional and private challenges and problems with more confidence, more certainty and more clarity.

The confidence comes from understanding that they do not have to blindly-react to the brain’s survival strategies, but that they have a choice and can ‘tame & train’ their brain to employ more proactive and constructive strategies to deal with potential threats. The certainty comes from the confidence of knowing what they need to do in order to manage the situation. The clarity comes from engaging the part of the brain that allow us to be objective, reflective and decisive.

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