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Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction?
I like to read. When presented with an opportunity to acquire knowledge about something new, my first choice will pretty well always be to learn by reading rather than, say, listening to a podcast or watching a video. So I guess you could say I’m a verbal learner, right? Well… maybe not.

BCLMA Topics Newsletter – Will You Remember This?
You’ve just been introduced to a few people at a business event. Within seconds, you’ve already forgotten all their names. You’re delivering a presentation to your colleagues and are suddenly at a loss for the words you had practised and were planning to say next. You’re asked to find some information that’s stored digitally, but you can’t remember where you filed it. So frustrating!

Speakers' Spotlight – Brains...For A Change
Most of us have heard many times over that “the only thing constant in life is change.” And we often wish that phrase weren’t quite so true, don’t we? Because, let’s face it, just keeping up with all the seemingly endless reassessments and revisions in our lives can be difficult and exhausting some days, can’t it?

Speakers' Spotlight – Learn How To Learn More Effectively
Did you know that best way to remember something is by pairing the material you are trying to retain with another related idea? Did you also know that there is actually a multi-billion dollar industry that is founded on brain health, brain science, and brain optimization? Lastly, did you know that the more pressure you place on yourself when trying to remember something, the less likely you are to actually remember it?

Speakers' Spotlight – How To Learn
Almost 50 years ago, psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy said: “Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the one who cannot read, but the one who has not learned how to learn.” More recently, when the U.S. Committee for Economic Development was asked to determine the most critical elements for success in the 21st century, they came to pretty well the same conclusion. When their extensive study, administered it to a broad range of organizations, agencies and institutions, was completed and the results were tabulated, the answer was very clear: ‘Knowing how to learn’ was a very solid #1 on the list.

Speakers' Spotlight – Caring For Your Post-Holiday Brain
Well that was fun. So many things to do and so many places to go and so many people to see in what never seemed to be quite enough time. And now that the busy holiday season has come to an end, many of us are...well, exhausted. Quite aside from the physical toll of all that activity on our bodies, the megaton of extra thinking we had to do was pretty tiring, too, wasn’t it? So, with a new year now upon us, here are some tips to help ease our brains into 2014.

Speakers' Spotlight – Spotlight on... Brian Thwaits
Having booked Brian to speak successfully at their clients' events for many years, the staff at Speakers' Spotlight decided to ask him some questions about his approach to the challenges of being on stage with a microphone.

Speakers' Spotlight – The Numbers Game
What’s with all the stories in the media about aging brains? Honestly, the topic seems to be everywhere these days: newspaper headlines, magazine covers, book titles, TV newscasts. It’s in infomercials, too.

Chatham This Week – Mental Gymnastics
When it comes to your brain, it’s a case of use it or lose it. That was the central message presented during a humorous talk by educator and author Brian Thwaits during a sold-out dinner presentation held June 6th at the Active Lifestyle Centre.

Forestview Blog – Our Brains and Innovation
On Friday, I had the pleasure of hearing a presentation by Brian Thwaits. Brian is the author of The Big Learn: Smart Ways to Use Your Brain. (It was also cool that I won a copy of this book.) In a very humorous way, Brian provided a very enlightening presentation about our brains.

Outlook Magazine – Train Your Brain
Brains are sure trendy these days, aren’t they? Not a day goes by without a variety of media references to that three-pound organ inside our heads. We see the word ‘brain’ in newspaper articles and online every single day. It’s all over magazine covers as well. And bookstores are creating stand-alone displays for the ever-growing proliferation of books about it.

Speakers' Spotlight – Older and Wiser
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the passage of time. In a few short months, I’ll be celebrating a rather significant birthday. And, while I’m certainly not ready to be put out to pasture quite yet, let’s just say I’ll soon be entitled to some pretty sweet seniors’ discounts.

Speakers' Spotlight – Spring Cleaning
I love the spring. Quite frankly, I find it difficult not to embrace a season whose signature qualities are rebirth, reawakening and renewal. I mean, it’s certainly not a huge surprise that many of us find this time of year so enchanting.

Chatelaine – Mind
Your brain needs inspiration, stimulation, motivation, but not solitary confinement. One major way to keep the mind nimble is to be social. Not only can it tame stress; studies say it sparks healthy connections between brain cells.

Today's Farmer – Want To Improve Your Memory?
Brian Thwaits, author of the book, The Big Learn: Smart Ways to Use Your Brain, was the keynote speaker at the Southwest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown. He told an estimated 1100 farmers that, if they're having problems with their memory, they're not alone; most Canadians admit to forgetting everything from where they left their car keys, to a phone number they read just moments earlier in the phone book.

Toronto Sun – Train Your Brain
A pig climbs a tree full of money carrying a suitcase stuffed to bursting with ripe, red tomatoes that blow away and land on a dressed-up cactus that is swinging a golf club. It sounds like a deleted scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but to Brian Thwaits, it represents much more: part of a simple but powerful way to memorize information and boost your brain power.

Hamilton Spectator – Food For Thought
Is your brain a party place or Dullsville? The choice is yours, says brain trainer Brian Thwaits. “Our brains are really fun places,” maintains Thwaits....”We just need to know how to use them better.” (He) has become a hot property on the speaking circuit, sharing his brain power boosters with educators, employee groups, parents, managers –– even students as young as in Grade Four.

Simcoe Reformer – Mind Over Matter?
To hear Brian Thwaits tell it, there are three stages of life: youth, middle age and “I forget what I came in here for.” No need to worry if you can’t remember why you entered your kitchen, said Thwaits, who is known as a brain trainer who teaches people to wring more from the enormous potential of their gray matter. Sixty percent of the population can’t remember where they put things, he said this week during a keynote speech for the Haldimand- Norfolk Literacy Council’s annual meeting. But, there’s relief in sight.

AgriNews Interactive – Training Your Brain to Make the Most of Your Life
It’s often been said that most people use only a function of their brain. As a result, most people rarely achieve all that they would like to in life, and many end up failing in areas where they could otherwise succeed. Keynote speaker at the Eastern Ontario Crop Conference on February 19, 2009, Brian Thwaits believes we can utilize our brains with better efficiency by understanding a little about how the brain functions and using a few simple techniques.

Fort Frances Times – Educators Learn How To Train Brains
With a little training, anyone can boost their brain power and improve memory. That was the message keynote speaker Brian Thwaits delivered to a group of educators at the Townshend Theatre during the Rainy River District School Board’s Summer Institute.

Without Prejudice – Balanced-Brain Thinking
The way we use our brains has everything to do with everything we do! It has a huge impact on both our personals and professional lives, affecting the way we think, learn, remember and solve problems. And it influences our lives and the work we do in profound ways. It makes a tremendous impression, for instance, on how we deal with our day-to-day tasks, market our services, give presentations, handle customer service and communicate with others.

Long-Term Care – Smart Ways To Use Your Brain
When I opened my keynote address, You Must Remember This... at the ONHA/ORCA convention in Toronto this past February, I asked those assembled to try as hard as they could to memorize a list of 20 simple words, preferably in the correct order. They didn’t do very well! The average “score” was between 5 and 7 out of 20, or 25-35%.

Chatham News – Improve Your Memory: Calm Down
There's no magic bullet to improving or retaining your memory. But for Brian Thwaits, it's following several principles – and if you follow them, he promises that you'll not only think better and make better decisions, but you'll be more comfortable with the decisions you make.

Business Advisory Centre – Igniting Your Business Brain
Using our brains was certainly something we should have done when we were in school, but its relevance to our accomplishments in the business world is even more significant. In fact, it’s impossible to achieve success in business without boosting our brainpower so that it works better, faster and smarter than that of our competitors.




Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the one who cannot read, but the one who has not learned how to learn.