Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 102 - January 2014 - by Phil Chambers

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Welcome to the first issue of The Learning Technologies Newsletter for 2014! Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

In this edition of the newsletter we have an article on achieving your goals by a cooking analogy plus our regular features of quote of the month, What I’m up to and Mind Map Tip.


January's Quote of the Month

"We now accept the fact that learning
is a lifelong process of
keeping abreast of change.
And the most pressing task is
to teach people how to learn."

~ Peter Drucker
Management consultant, educator and author (1909-2005)

More quotes here


What's Phil Up To?


Now the Christmas and New Year festivities are over I am working on a several books.

Firstly, a new version of ‘How to Remember Equations and Formulae’ specific to GCSE Students.

I also have plans for a series of books on managing relationships and avoiding conflict in business.


Mind Mapping Tip of the Month

Write direct quotes in speech bubbles connected to a branch. You should try to avoid too many phrases as they restrict thinking. However, quotes are sometimes unavoidable. For example, when studying English Literature. This is a modification to the laws of Mind Mapping to get round the problem of phrases. You can use Box Branches with various styles in iMindMap.

Mind Map showing use of Box Branches

For 101 Top Tips see my book here.


Cooking Up A Better Life – How To Achieve Your Goals

When I cook Christmas dinner there are quite a few components that have to be ready at the same time. What I do to achieve this is to think about the serving time for the starter, main course and dessert. I then work backwards with the preparation and cooking time for each element. For example, to make bread sauce you infuse milk with onion, cloves, peppercorns and bay leaf a couple of hours before serving. You bring the milk slowly to the boil, that takes 15 minutes, then strain, add butter and breadcrumbs, and leave a few minutes for the sauce to thicken. Finally add more butter, nutmeg and double cream and warm through at the last minute. If the main course is served at 5:45 then the milk is infused at 3:45, brought to the boil at 5:20, and finished off in time to serve. The same procedure of timing goes for the turkey, sausages wrapped in bacon, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, etc. Everything comes together and nothing is overcooked.

The same should be true for your goals. Anthony Robbins defined a goal as, “a dream with a deadline”. The date when your goal will be achieved is the serving time. Stephen Covey urged us to “Begin with the and in Mind” in his Book ‘The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People’. Work backwards from the end point and decide what ingredients you need to combine to make it a reality. What material resources or money? Who’s help? Do you need to invest in your own knowledge or education? Once you have identified the shopping list, think about the recipe. What needs to be put in place and when? How long will things take to come to fruition? (the cooking time). Make sure that you follow the plan, meet the milestones along the way but remain flexible. If the milk boils over you need to be able to mop up the mess, turn down the heat and continue. Don’t let minor setbacks stop you form enjoying dinner.

If you are setting yourself New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2014 think about the cooking metaphor.

That's all for this month look out for the next edition dropping into your inbox in February.

Best Wishes