May 12, 2016

P-Watch #8: Decision Making, Memory Training

The 8th edition of Presentation Watch offers a rule of thumb to simplify decision-making processes, a belated technically elaborate April fool’s joke and a useful memory training technique that promotes free speech during presentations.

– The psychologist and marketing professor, Dr. Robert Cialdini presents impressive scientific findings of the means by which one can influence someone in his or her decision. Since numerous options and enormous quantities of information is available for each of the many daily decisions we make, we are pressured to deal with these decisions efficiently. Thereby we often fall back on rules of thumb that help us simplify and shorten the decision-making processes. Emma Brudner acquaints us to Cialdini’s video, six principles graphically demonstrate that show how to use decision-making processes constructively to convince people of a choice, privately, but also for example in presentations, marketing or negotiations.

– After the teacher encounters a technical problem with his presentation concerning the internet connection, his YouTube video, interestingly enough, continues to play and solve a math problem. For a belated April fool’s joke, we’d like to introduce Matthew Weathers, a math professor at Biola University in California that teaches the last day in class before Easter a little bit differently.


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– Surely, some have already heard from the memory method, Mind or Memory Palace. If not, the BBC series, “Sherlock” will surely give you an idea of this mnemonic technique that has gained a certain notoriety. The idea behind this method is to combine content that you want to remember with places that you know very well so you can remember things better and retrieve them from memory when needed. Jacquelyn Smith now explains how you can use this technique while holding lectures and presentations. You can remember the main points of your speech and recall the structure of your speech, so you don’t have to look constantly at note cards, but practice speaking freely in a confident way. Present the Sherlock way!


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