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15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

I’m a happy person, a glass-half-full, an optimist. So when I see an article about the benefits of smiling, I can’t help but smile myself. Smiling seems so core to a positive workplace, effective customer service, and successful training. 7 Interesting Facts about Smiling Smiles use 5 to... Read More
Nuts and Bolts of Applying Brain Science to Teaching

Nuts and Bolts of Applying Brain Science to Teaching

I’m always on the lookout for ideas that apply knowledge of how the brain works to specific teaching and facilitation techniques. So, my interest was piqued when I came across Daniel Willingham’s article, “Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think.“* He explained that 16 years ... Read More
Do fidgets boost engagement?

Do fidgets boost engagement?

Prestige Worldwide, a consulting team of Suffolk University business students, set out to understand the impact of using fidget tools in classroom and workplace environments. They conducted surveys before and after introducing fidget tools into learning environments, asking 119 students in 2 classes... Read More
The Neuroscience of Success at Work

The Neuroscience of Success at Work

When talking with Melissa Thompson of HarcourtHealth, I was reminded of the unique benefit that comes with my job–staying on top of the latest neuroscience research on what makes people successful at work.  Our conversation prompted her article in Inc. Magazine, 3 Things Successful People Do... Read More
Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

A good leader knows how to give feedback and praise. Just ask Kim Scott, whose TED Talk on Radical Candor, transformed our understanding of what it means to be a good boss. Certainly, criticism may be hard to take, but withholding feedback doesn’t do anyone any favors.  Scott’s “r... Read More
Taming distractions: How Fidget toys can productively use "floating attention"

Taming distractions: How Fidget toys can productively use "floating attention"

More and more is being written about the science of WHY we fidget. From articles in Fast Company magazine, the Huffington Post, and Sunni Brown‘s TED talk on doodling, we better understand the prevalence and utility of fidgeting and doodling, especially for folks with ADD and ADHD.  But I&... Read More
The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard – the power of longhand notes

The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard – the power of longhand notes

Pam A, Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer (from Princeton University and University of California, respectively), studied the impact of taking notes longhand versus on a computer. Writing Notes Is Better! Here’s what they found and published in the Psychological Science journal: “Taking n... Read More
Survey says . . . attendees prefer toys!

Survey says . . . attendees prefer toys!

Several years ago, Garry Platt, a Learning & Development Specialist at EEF Ltd.,  posed the question. He presented two training tables–one with a smattering of fidget toys; and one without.  He asked, simply, “A or B?” then posted his results on LinkedIN – A or B?. The ... Read More
Motivation is motivation . . . no matter what your age

Motivation is motivation . . . no matter what your age

Engagement is such a hot topic these days that I’ve been reading a great deal on what motivates us at work. When I read Kim Marshall‘s succinct synthesis of Kathleen Cushman’s article “Eight Conditions of Motivated Learning,” I was struck by similarity to the current t... Read More
Ron Gutman and the Hidden Power of Smiling

Ron Gutman and the Hidden Power of Smiling

Over 25 years ago, I joined the circus as a clown and did my best to make people smile and laugh. About 5 years ago, my dad and then business partner wrote an article about the benefits of smiling. Just this year, I launched Office Oxygen, so that people could smile more at work! So,… Read More