I wrote an article over at the very cool projectym.com about applying the way our brain remembers things to the methods we use to give talks to teens, or teach anything for that matter. Two memory tips called the "Serial Positioning Effect" and the "Von Restorn Effect" we can use to help teens remember our talks based on the way their weird brains are wired.
I'm going to try to be more aware of these and experiment with it when I give my next couple talks. Let me know what you think, and if you have any success trying to structure your talk with this in mind.
Here's an excerpt:
"You’re talking to teens five minutes after you just gave a rousing 20 minute talk. “What do you remember about the talk? What stood out to you?”
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Think about the best talk you’ve ever heard. What do you remember? Probably very little. For an even more sobering effect, try this experiment: listen to a talk (podcast, video, Sunday homily, etc) and the following day write down as much as you can remember about it.
There are two simple scientific facts about the way our brains memorize things that can help you help teens memorize what’s important in your talk."
You can read the full article here.
This is Part of the Professional Youth Minister Series:
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