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Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage Paperback – January 10, 2011
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--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised
"Vicki Halsey is Blanchard's master learning conductor. This book is a treasure for all of us who want to 'borrow' Vicki's thirty years of innovative design and delivery experience!"
--Ken and Margie Blanchard, bestselling authors and cofounders, The Ken Blanchard Companies
"Vicki's Brilliance Learning System plays a fundamental role in the creation of all our training. Her ENGAGE Model has enabled us to revolutionize the learner's experience."
--Marcus Buckingham, New York Times bestselling author of Go Put Your Strengths to Work and CEO, TMBC
"Brilliance by Design is a contagious and disruptive book. Vicki's deeply personal, passionate, and reality-based approach, complemented by emerging neurosciences, calls for a radical departure from traditional learning methods. It is an inspiration."
--Bruce H. Price, MD, Chief, Department of Neurology, McLean Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
"Fresh, engaging, and spirited...connects us all to our innate brilliance and shows us how to bring out the best in ourselves and in others."
--Lisa Dokos, Director, Leadership and Organization Development, GlaxoSmithKline
"You will never teach the same way again!"
--Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight, and author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
"Start a learning and performance revolution. Teach, learn, and lead so people release their brilliance with Vicki's models, stories, and insights."
--Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and author of the New York Times bestsellers Mojo and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Dr. Halsey reminds us that what is learned is more important than what is taught and that learning takes place in the heart and mind of the student, not the teacher."
--Sheldon Harris, former President, Cold Stone Creamery
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* Navigate content by presenting it in digestible pieces
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I was particularly interested in the chapter on the virtual classroom. I know the allure of multitasking when sitting in front of a computer, making it very difficult to concentrate fully on a single presenter for an extended period of time. The author highlights the critical importance of having some type of interaction every 2 to 3 minutes to maintain interest and using a range of other attention-grabbing techniques. Distance learning is particularly difficult when video or audio presentations are pre-recorded, so that there is no live human interactivity.
Before reading the book I was concerned that it might be too exuberant for my tastes. I am really more interested in teaching postgraduate law students in a compelling and memorable manner than in "unleashing brilliance". I was pleased to find plenty of helpful ideas in the book applicable to my situation. The author has taught Master of Science and MBA classes, so many of the techniques she suggests are as applicable to a well-educated sceptical audience as much as they are to any other class of learners.
She recommends a four-step process to create or increase "brilliance" in both teaching and learning. How does she define the term? "Brilliance is not a random act. It is the result of learning over time -- having the space to dig deep into preexisting learning and combine it with new knowledge, resulting in unique thoughts. It is about people, content, and a structure for learning designed to connect, inspire, and engage." Think of brilliance as being, at least potentially, multi-dimensional illumination. It can occur suddenly ("Eureka!") or over an extended period of time and countless setbacks, as when Thomas Edison and his associates eventually invented (no pun intended) the first commercially practical incandescent light.Read more ›
Finally, it is here, the book that we've all been waiting for. Brilliance by Design is not just a great idea explained in an inspiring context, it is a wealth of material made accessible and applicable for anyone who truly wants to facilitate learning, "bring out the best in yourself and the best in others." More than just a book, this is a handbook that you will use and abuse because it is filled to the bursting with tools, templates, and so many strategies it is astonishing. Talk about real value! Vicki Halsey has turned over her own best practices, secrets, teaching tools and strategies, as well as those she has learned from others and given them to you to use as is or to revise and massage to suit your purpose, your teachable moments, and to help your learners experience one epiphany after another...a succession of "Aha" moments...an unending chain of learning that connects and builds into a transformational experience that becomes so much a part of their being, they will pass it forward.
Vicki Halsey has passed it all forward. If you truly want to facilitate the brilliance, the love of learning, and the creativity of learners and "teachers," and that is as Vicki writes, "anyone who imparts wisdom," let Brilliance by Design be your guide. Share the wealth just as Vicki has, and turn your realm of influence into a true learning community.
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I purchased this book as a gift for one of my team members. We agree that it is engaging and relevant.Published 13 days ago by Linda M
Love this book! It has help me adjust my teaching style to connect my learners long term. Thank youPublished 6 months ago by Dayna M. Cakebread
Solid suggestions on how to improve your teaching experience; and, the learner's experience!Published 10 months ago by Susan Plage
There is finally a resource that will cause a classroom disruption you're sure to remember. . .
I've had the opportunity to devote the past 11 years to training and... Read more
Great all around book for Training concepts. Author even provides free group study materials to download from her website. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by jridgers
Brilliance by Design is a recipe for amazing training. Vicki provides the key ingredients and step-by-step instructions that add up to training that is equivalent to a 5 star,... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by M. Song