Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 11, 2016

5th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Month!

We’ve always got our eye out for great books on how to be a more effective human being. This is how we stumbled on the fantastic Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz. This is a riveting book—Voss was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. But the insights that Voss provides about how people think, and how to really listen, are invaluable. Incidentally, you might be surprised to hear one of Voss’s insights: super-smart people make poor hostage negotiators. Read Voss’s book to learn why.

Barb in Guatemala for the ANTIGUA10X forum!

On November 18th, Barb will be speaking at ANTIGUA10X, a visionary forum to exchange leapfrogging ideas and practices to transform communities in a sustainable way. A few tickets are still available, so come join the learning adventure!


A Mind for Numbers has just come out in a new, simplified Chinese Version: 习之道. (The traditional version is available here: 用對腦,從此不再怕數字). Remember that you can recommend the Chinese version of Learning How to Learn to friends, co-workers, and family–this version includes all quizzes and webpages in Chinese. Here’s a nice review of the course on a Chinese review aggregator website.

Mindmapping, concept mapping, and recall

Check out the discussion forum thread here, where Yahya Jalaludeen has initiated an interesting discussion about mindmapping versus recall.

Nelson Dellis’ MIND SHOW

Unfortunately, there was an inadvertent bad link to four time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis’s MIND SHOW. Here’s the proper link, where Barb and Nelson share stories about Antarctica, how the MOOC Learning How to Learn came to be, and insider hints about Barb’s new book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, which is one of Penguin’s lead titles for Spring, 2017.

If you would like to join Nelson in his efforts to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.

Call for New Learning How to Learn Mentors!

We are recruiting some new mentors for the English speaking version of Learning How To Learn. If you are interested in joining us as a mentor, we invite you to apply using this Google form. Please read the information on the form before you apply, and please apply only if you are sure you meet the criteria! We expect a high volume of applications, and we won’t be able to respond to everyone individually. If you are selected as a mentor, you should hear from us within the next few weeks. Thank you for your interest, and happy learning! 🙂

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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