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.
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!
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.
This lecture reveals the Prime Directive of our brain and what that means for each of us..
Defining the Dual Process Theory and how that affects our state of mind. This in the introduction to the Reactive and the Reflective mindsets.
How our mindsets directly influence the three major functions of the brain.
This lecture explores the specific cognitive abilities that are available to us depending on our mindset.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This lecture looks at the role of dopamine and how it chemically influences the quality of our mindset.
This lecture dives into the role of noradrenaline and what it means for our mindset.
This is a review of the mindset networks the brain from a systems approach.
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.
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.
This is part one of a two part lecture exploring the bottom-up tools.
This is part two of two lectures exploring the bottom-up tools.
This is part one of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.
This is part two of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.
This is the first of five top-down MINDtools. This lecture explore WHAT and HOW to use the cognitive formula to affect change.
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.
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.
This fourth tool explores the cognitive ability to deal with missed opportunities.
This fifth tools explores the techniques of gaining perspective to see beyond our fixed ways of looking at things.
Understanding what creates gaps in relationships is vital in order to bridge them.
An reflection exercise of your experience as to what build bridges and what burns bridges in relationships.
Want to build strong, cohesive teams? An exploration of the fundamentals of human relationships. Get these correct and everything else falls into place.
An explanation as to why the level of trust and the quality and frequency of communication go hand-in-hand.
What the positive implications are if we feel connected to the tribe, but also what are the significant consequences of feeling disconnected from it.
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.
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 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.
What to build strong, cohesive teams? Get these right and you are well on your way.
An introduction to the 3 cognitive biases that are a result of when we feel social pain.
A more in-depth look at the three key biases that are a result of social pain - when we feel disconnected from the tribe.
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.
This lecture reviews the section on the social brain.
One last message to you.
WHY WE EXIST.
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.
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
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.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS
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.