Proactive Information Management: Dealing with Information Anxiety

Duration: 2 Days

In modern workplace environments the amount of information that workers have to deal with on a daily basis is increasing exponentially. Information overload – simply having too much information to deal with effectively – leads to reduced productivity, added stress, a shortened attention span and poorer retention. This 2-day course will help you to deal with information overload by developing strategies that dovetail with how your brain processes information.

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Course Outline

Identifying Your Preferred Thinking and Communication Styles

  • Identifying your visual, kinaesthetic, and auditory thinking styles
  • Recognizing your personal communication style

How Memory Works

  • How the brain works
  • Enhancing the way you think & learn
  • Working memory versus long-term memory
  • Maximising information transfer to long-term memory
  • Using memory chunking as a tool
  • Avoiding interference and distortion

Improving your reading speed

  • Dramatically improve reading speed and mental flexibility
  • Maintaining high comprehension levels
  • Baselining your current reading speed
  • Employing speed reading tools

Managing Email Actions, Tasks, and Appointments

  • Selecting your preferred technology for processing information
  • Capturing and categorising tasks, actions, and information
  • Classifying tasks to focus on what’s most important, not what’s most urgent
  • Structuring information for easy future retrieval

Filtering Information for Efficiency ad Effectiveness

  • Concentrating on your information needs
  • Enhancing learning, thinking, planning, creativity and problem-solving with mind mapping
  • Creating documents and e-mails with efficient information-transfer structures
  • Becoming proactive not reactive, and managing urgency
Filtering Knowledge for Value
  • What knowledge do you need?
  • What not to know
  • Structuring knowledge for easy retention
  • Creating a personal “knowledge essentials” toolbox”
Organising Your Approach
  • Tailoring technology to reach your goals
  • Creating an efficient approach to e-mail

Exploiting Memory Patterns

  • Enhancing effective research & study
  • Using familiar associations to embed information
  • Solving problems with lateral thinking
  • Leveraging divergent and convergent thinking

Recording the Creative Process

  • Structuring information using mind maps
  • Brainstorming and brain writing
  • Exploiting your strategic thinking toolbox

Memory Enhancement:
Principles and Strategies

Principles of mnemonics
  • How mnemonics work
  • Combining your thinking and communication styles with mnemonics
    Creating memory scratch pads
  • Linking your thinking style to the peg system
  • Choosing between visual and auditory peg systems

Leveraging Visual and Spatial Memory

  • Using the Roman Room technique
  • Recalling structured information
  • Memorizing unstructured information
  • Building a Memory Palace

Linking Names and Faces

  • Creating a whole-brained memory
  • Linking visuals to a name to aid memorisation
  • Using rehearsal and review to lock a face to a name
  • Applying mnemonics at group events    Creating a Toolbox of Techniques
    Mental Preparation
  • Preparing for:
  • Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Facilitation
  • Motivate yourself by identifying clear goals and values
  • Recognising the embodied mind:
  • Looking after yourself to ensure effective brain function
  • Eliminating low-value work
  • Identifying your natural energy periods

My Course Notes

You will receive a full set of course notes and all supporting materials for your course. Hard Copy Delivered to your premises or Downloaded to a chosen device.


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