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Publisher's Summary

It likely comes as no surprise that, as adults, we learn differently than we did when we were children. Our brains are full of experiences and information we have acquired over time, and these resources are exactly what we apply to any new learning event, whether it’s a new job or hobby, or simply a novel experience or conversation we need to navigate. And the nature of how we learn shapes the way we communicate - both how we give and how we receive information in our everyday lives.

The field of neuroandragogy is the study of how adults learn and what role the brain plays in that process. By digging into this unique field and its discoveries, you can better understand how your own mind works and develop strategies based on this knowledge to communicate successfully in various situations and environments. As you will see, communicating with others is not just about clarity. Useful and rewarding communication is also about understanding how to grab someone’s attention and how to ensure that the information that you share can be retained and used. Knowing how the adult mind works can help you to optimize your approach in getting the results you want from your communications.

In The Brain-Based Guide to Communicating Better, Professor Allison Friederichs will walk you through six lessons that can help you better know your own mind, and thus understand and transform your own methods of communication. You will learn how your brain acquires, processes, and retains information. You can then take that knowledge and apply it whenever you need to convey something to others, with the best possible results. While you may not have any control over how other people communicate, developing your own methods of connection and conversation can have a positive impact on both your personal and professional life. Along the way, Professor Friederichs encourages you to keep a communication journal that can help you learn and process the invaluable information she shares. Keeping a journal allows you to have a continual resource for both her lessons and your own observations.

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Much less informational than expected.

I feel obliged to say a book about effectively communicating your ideas has to shoulder it's fair share of the blame if I come away from reading it underwhelmed. A disappointing number of the strategies proffered by this course are of the "if your intended learner is paying attention to their phone, ask for their full attention for a moment," variety. It's telling that one of the best practical tips I can recall was to highlight an important date in an email to make it more likely to be remembered. Seriously. I'd feel more guilt about being bored by this book if it didn't simultaneously put so much of the onus on we the speakers to communicate effectively.

Purchasing this audiobook was like buying a fancy set of knives from a late-night infomercial only to receive a cleaver and two spoons in the mail. Not the useful array of tools I anticipated. I suggest you choose a different book.

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It's ok

This is extremely short for an entry in the great courses. There also isn't anything particularly new or memorable to this. What sticks out to me most is the suggestion to use multiple "modalities" when teaching - for example, lecture and show visual aids and ask questions.

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Great listen, easy to understand

This course was so pleasant to listen to as the narrator really knew her topic and really wanted to help others understand what they had to share. I listened to it in half hour segments over the course of a few weeks and got great value from it but was also able to stop and start easily as well. Solidified some stuff I knew about communications and taught mee tremendous ideas for my future communications!

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Solid

This is a solid course. It provides food for thought. I’m glad I listened to it. I recommend this to other listeners.

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Enjoyably insightful guidance!

I enjoyed it very much! From the beginning to the end, Aliison helped me to understand how our brains work and how to apply them to effective communication. She is very good story teller. The tips and guidance are very useful and practical. I started listening to it wanting to learn about communication but I have got more than that. The knowledge is very useful for understanding ourselves, improving our learning approach as well.

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A great course

I really enjoyed this course. Interesting information is provided and the performance is beautiful. Thank you!

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Intriguing!

I really enjoyed this listen. Allison is great about keeping a listener engaged and the information shared in this course has been really valuable to me as a virtual team lead!

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Astonishing

This course has triggered the commencement of elevated personal and professional growth. If you have ever found yourself struggling to communicate what you really want to say or perhaps noticed your listener is struggling to understand what you’re saying, then look no further. This course has expended transformative opportunities in both my personal and professional life. Thank you !!

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If you are looking for depth, you will not find it

This audiobook is probably wonderful for it target audience, however I was unable to listen beyond 45 minutes The narrator and author states she is not a neurologist, but a teacher. It feels as though a layman has excitedly read a few books on the subject and now has become an authority for other layman. Statements such as "The brain is reeeaaallly complicated" isn't helpful, and only makes me feel the author "reeeaaally" doesn't know the topic beyond a superficial level. Also, she speaks with a high rising terminal. It started off as annoying, then it became very distracting, and I was unable to listen any further. She is probably a wonderful teacher to those would benefit from her style.

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manipulate" people nicely

I listened to it twice. a lot of useful info about our psychology and how we can "manipulate" people nicely into better communication. Great tips. Very useful. I will apply them.