Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Brilliance By Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, And Engage By Vicki Halsey

Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage
By Vicki Halsey

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"Learning," Vicki Halsey writes, "is the gateway to optimal life experiences. Learning transforms people's lives, and teaching, in any forum, is the art and science of bringing out the brilliance that drives those transformations."

Or it should be. But what often happens is that people who teach—in classrooms, meetings, workshops, coaching sessions, or any other setting where learning happens—don't know how to transfer their great content to others effectively. They spend 70 percent of their time on what they are teaching and only 30 percent on how to teach it, when it should be the other way around.

Halsey is here to reverse that equation, laying out a comprehensive instructional design model that deeply engages and energizes learners because it focuses not on how smart they are but on how they are smart. She shows how to create content that is clear, relevant, easily absorbed, and readily retained because it is tailored to each participant's specific needs, abilities, and inclinations.

Halsey's six-step ENGAGE Model replaces the old "sit 'n' get" model with "woo 'n' do"—learners are actively drawn in and perform activities that reinforce the learning. She presents hundreds of proven ideas, strategies, and practices that will enable you to Energize learners at the beginning of any learning session; help them Navigate the new content and Generate personal meaning and relevance from it; Apply their learning to the real world; Gauge and celebrate their progress; and Extend their learning to action.

Brilliance by Design offers a systematic way to reach joyfully into the soul of learners and facilitate their brilliance so they can make a positive difference in the world.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #115553 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-01-10
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .72" h x 7.40" w x 9.22" l, .92 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 216 pages


  • ISBN13: 9781605094229
  • Condition: New
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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
"This is the book I have been waiting half my life for. Now millions of leaders, educators, coaches, therapists--all of us in the business of growing people--have an opportunity to read and apply it. It's that essential, that important."
--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

About the Author

Dr. Vicki Halsey is vice president of applied learning for The Ken Blanchard Companies and coauthor of Blanchard's Legendary Customer Service Training and their award-winning blended e-learning Situational Leadership II program. She also is the coauthor, with Ken Blanchard and others, of Leading at a Higher Level, as well as The Hamster Revolution and The Hamster Revolution for Meetings (with Mike Song and Tim Burress).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
5Designing Learning Experiences
By C Jordan
Brilliance by Design is a practical, useful guide to designing powerful learning experiences. Not only does it give you the data which justifies WHY you should bother to create fun, engaging learning experiences it is also packed with examples, templates, learning models, accelerated learning principles, advanced organizational principles - a wealth of helpful information. Whether you are an L&D professional looking to create a training curriculum, a manager looking to run an effective weekly team meeting or a leader looking to present content - this book provides you everything you need to make it happen in a meaningful way. As an person responsible for content development within my organization - this book has made me re-think the way I deliver content. As a result of implementing the techniques I learned from this book - I have seen a measurable difference in the level of participation and engagement from the people in my training classes.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Wonderful teaching tool
By Richard W. Halsey
As a science educator for more than 30 years, I wish this book had come along when I was still in the classroom. In "Brilliance by Design," Vicki shares her most successful strategies to help bring out the brilliance in every learner, no matter what level they may be. By taking the focus off the teacher and placing it onto the learner, Vicki shows us that not only do we learn best by doing, but we become more confident human beings by doing so.

From the classroom teacher, to public speaker, to the corporate trainer, the key to successfully communicating with your audience (no matter the age) is by engagement. By rejecting the talking head approach to teaching, Vicki turns the average (and usually boring) presentation into a dynamic, inspiring one that motivates learners to learn more.

As I read this book, I continually said to myself, "I've got to try this." By using Vicki's techniques, I have found that her strategies increase not only retention and enjoyment in my students, but the enjoyment I feel for my own work as well.

Thanks Vicki for sharing more than 30 years of teaching experience with it. Your wisdom is priceless.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5A Treasure Trove of learning strategies
This book speaks to many levels of educators: teachers, presenters, managers, CEOs. It addresses the need to bring out the best in learners and provides concrete examples, and practical strategies to really let people shine! Dr. Halsey's voice is clear throughout the book as she coaches you toward becoming an engaging presenter. No more boring trainings and meetings, instead your audience will be active participants with a deeper level of learning.
The format of the book is easy to follow, with reflections, practices, templates, and useful examples. Brilliance By Design is a collection of best practices that can be read cover to cover, then referenced to polish and improve any presentation. It has proven to be a great inspiration to me, and has reinvigorated me to reconsider and energize my learners.

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