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Yesterday I was thinking about my hopes for OOW speakers to achieve their ROI by engaging and challenging my thinking.

Today I have been thinking about the thousands who attend OpenWorld to learn. I am most certainly in that camp,  and so have been thinking about what I and they need to do in advance to enhance their learning and their recall of the key things said.

I am not a tech person but I am going to venture my non-tech perspectives on what helps me learn best at conferences, training sessions and workshops.

  1. Mind Mapping.  Alongside practising law I am the senior advance Mind Mapping Instructor in New Zealand for Tony Buzan.  www.thinkbuzan.com.
    1. Mind Mapping before a session everything you know about the upcoming topic pays dividends.  Pulling together existing knowledge out of the neurons where it has been asleep and linking it with related information will make it easier to connect new info with the old and recall it when you need it.
    2. Mind Mapping every session gives you an excuse to be the only guy in the room with coloured pens and paper, instead of a device and will keep your brain anchored to the topic. When the speaker goes off with the fairies or you lose focus, drawing images will keep you on the case.  Mind Mapping software is an option but the coloured pens mess up the screen!
    3. Your recall post session will increase if you revisit your maps an hour later, a day later, a week later and a month later.
  2. I love my Livescribe Pen. If you do not have one go look at http://www.livescribe.com. It keeps getting me out of jams when my brain has wondered off into ideas land.
  3. Tweet intelligently. Rather than just parroting what a speaker has said use a “yes and…” or “yes but….” mindset to take the thinking on.

Jennie Vickers
19 sleeps to go (New Zealand system of counting down to important events like xmas!)