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Brain Friendly Function Tip 1

• Select a menu that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which keeps your attendees awake and alert. There’s scientific proof that they will be more focused if they have water and protein, than when full of sugar and carbs. If your caterer doesn’t offer this, just ask and they should accommodate at any budget.

Brain Friendly Function Tip 3

We experience everything through our senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In meetings, healthy multisensory stimulation can help individuals to perceive and retain information better. Based on the book, Brain Rules, research suggests that approximately 83% of human learning occurs visually, 11% auditorily, 3.5% through our sense of smell, 1.5% through touch, and 1% through task. Clearly it is better to present information in words and pictures than solely in words.

Brain Friendly Function Tip 2

• Examine your agenda for bio and networking breaks AND for cognitive breaks where people can access the outdoors and natural daylight. Having down time to rejuvenate and recharge is essential for development positive attendee experience.

Brain Friendly Function Tip 4

After 10 minutes of a presentation audience attention steadily drops.  Keep talks to 20 minutes and then do something emotionally relevant to regain attention.  Author of Brain Rules, Dr. Medina suggests that you “Tell a relevant story, show a relevant video, do a relevant activity, etc.” Activities that get people moving are great because exercise boosts brain power.