Confessions of a Public Speaker

1st February 2018

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Week

This week’s book recommendation is Scott Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker.  We’ve read a fair number of books about various aspects of public speaking, and Scott’s book ranks among the best. He goes into the nitty-gritty of travel, preparation, and what it feels like to be on stage, plus tips on calming down about verbal flubs and the like. Teachers will find much useful insight. Highly recommended!

Cognitive Training Helps Your Brain

Here’s some encouraging news from research—“Cognitive Training Helps Regain a Younger-working Brain.”  This also lends support to the idea that using your cognitive abilities to continue to challenge your brain, even as you grow older, is a healthy thing to do! [Hat tip, LHTLer brandonrox10.]

Escaping the Ivory Tower

Due to the number of requests, Oakland University filmed Barb’s talk on how to escape the ivory tower and have a bigger impact if you are a college professor.  (A pdf of the Powerpoints is here.) You’ll find an offbeat summary of Barb’s approach to her work, along with many ideas about how you can move beyond the “publish or perish” and grantsmanship of typical faculty life.

Professional development for home educators

Julie Bogart, founder of Brave Writer, leads a homeschool coaching community called The Homeschool Alliance. “Grad school for home school” – the Alliance offers monthly webinars, articles, audio lectures, and community discussion as well as a library of resources focused on natural learning, family dynamics, and subject areas. Membership includes a free 7-day trial. (Barb will be a happy guest lecturer this fall!)

Great Summary of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Arthur Worsley has done a terrific book crunch of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has long been a great favorite of LHTLers.  Enjoy!

Craft an Autonomous Education with the Mentorbox Podcast

MentorBox has devised a great way to allow you to have the author of a book help lead you through the key points of that booktheir  online video platform and thoughtful curation of quintessential non-fiction reads is very worthwhile. Check out the MentorBox podcast for behind-the-book talks with prolific authors who represent the best in entrepreneurship, business success, and wellness.

Take Part in the Global Student Voice Film Festival

Students around the world are challenged to make short videos using the theme, “In Another’s Shoes,” with the top videos to be showcased at ISTE 2018 in Chicago. The rules related to sources and citations are designed to help teach digital citizenship issues, too, so read them carefully. More at:

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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