Date: May 26, 2018

Managing Information Overload



You Will Learn How To

  • Increase your productivity with effective information management techniques
  • Adapt your learning and thinking styles to rapidly acquire business-critical skills
  • Apply creative strategies, including mind maps, for processing information
  • Adopt speed-reading techniques to quickly digest reports and other information
  • Manage actions, tasks and appointments within a comprehensive e-mail processing methodology
  • Develop advanced memory skills to retain important information

 

Course Benefits

Information overload is a daily occurrence and can lead to reduced productivity, added stress, and decreased attention span and memory. This course provides the skills needed to process fast-paced information to develop a competitive edge. You learn to sharpen your comprehension, memory and speed-reading skills. You learn how to improve your focus, respond quickly to change, manage e-mail and rapidly comprehend and retain information.

 

Who Should Attend

This course is valuable for those who want to improve their productivity and work successfully in fast-paced environments.

 

Workshop Course

Throughout the course, you gain practical skills in managing information effectively. Workshops include:
  • Analyzing left- and right-brain characteristics
  • Profiling your personal thinking style and the styles of others
  • Implementing speed-reading techniques
  • Identifying actions, tasks and appointments within e-mails
  • Applying a step-by-step process to remember names and faces
  • Triggering lateral thinking with mind maps

 

Course ST003 Content

Organizing Your Approach

  • Eliminating unnecessary work
  • Exploiting your natural energy periods
  • Tailoring technology to reach your goals
  • Creating an efficient approach to e-mail

Maximizing Your Mind's Abilities

Identifying your thinking styles

  • Assessing your visual, kinesthetic and auditory thinking styles
  • Adapting methods best suited for your style

Engaging aspects of your memory

  • Realizing the effectiveness of memory chunking
  • Maximizing the advantages of long-term memory
  • Retrieving partially remembered facts and figures

Integrating Creative Brain Strategies

Harnessing memory patterns

  • Embedding new information through familiar associations
  • Improving the effectiveness of study and research periods
  • Stimulating new ideas and solving problems through lateral thinking

Recording the creative process

  • Crafting time-efficient mind maps
  • Creating flexible strategies for effective learning

Increasing Your Ability to Absorb Information

Accelerating your reading speed

  • Benchmarking your current reading speed
  • Tuning your eyes to enable speed reading
  • Skimming and scanning the right information at the right level
  • Employing the tools of speed reading

Interpreting documents

  • Constructing strategic information overviews
  • Consolidating your current knowledge base
  • Generating goal-seeking questions
  • Knowing when you have learned enough

Managing e-mail actions, tasks and appointments

  • Leveraging technology to process information inputs
  • Identifying actions and tasks embedded within e-mails
  • Organizing tasks into active, foreground and background activities
  • Categorizing information for later reference

Improving your information processing pace

  • Focusing your information needs
  • Creating documents and e-mails with efficient information-transfer structures
  • Triaging priorities rapidly with an efficient choice matrix

Strengthening Your Memory

The principles of mnemonics

  • Why mnemonics work
  • Visual, auditory and combined mnemonics

Remembering names and faces

  • Applying meaning to a name to make it memorable
  • Integrating names and appearances with whole-brain thinking
  • Cementing names with applied mnemonics
  • Rehearsing and reviewing to lock a face to a name

Chaining information with links and cues

  • Retaining unstructured information with the Roman Room technique
  • Building cohesive information networks

Creating memory scratch pads

  • Adapting your thinking style to the peg system
  • Scrutinizing the visual and auditory peg systems

Launching Your Techniques Toolkit

Maintaining mental preparedness

  • Preparing for meetings, presentations and speeches
  • Refining goals and values to encourage motivation
  • Keeping your brain healthy, focused and energized

Distilling information with bit literacy

  • Determining what not to know
  • Recognizing when to extend your knowledge base

Acquiring effective information transfer

  • Pyramiding data into a unified whole
  • Building a knowledge survival toolkit

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