Pop Quiz Homework for HRDQ Webinar Participants

HRDQBrainBasedIconYou’ve attended my webinar “Brain-Based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention” and now you’re ready to do some of the “Follow-Ups” – spaced practice activities that will help move what you learned into your long-term memory.

Here is the most important of the follow-up activities, and the one that comes with a special free “thank you” from me to you:

Pop Quiz Homework  

“How were the elements of NOVELTY, CONTRAST, MEANING, and EMOTION used during the “Brain-Based Presenting” webinar to get YOUR brain to pay attention?” 

Answer the question above in a few short paragraphs and send your answer to me in one of two ways:

1. Type your response in the “Comments” section below this blog post, OR …

2. Send your response via email to me at [email protected]. 

As my way of saying “thank you” for taking the time to do the Pop Quiz Homework, I will send you my complimentary ebook “Presenting With Pizzazz!”

If you weren’t able to view the webinar, but would like to receive the complimentary ebook, you can log onto HRDQ’s website and sign up for their free membership. Then you will have access to all free archived webinars on the website, including “Brain-Based Presenting.”

And, if you haven’t already done so, be sure download the free note-taking handout from the webinar by clicking HERE. This handout contains many excellent, brain-based resources for you to explore.

TBRLogoSmallFinally, if you would like to join me for my last 2016 “Training from the BACK of the Room” 2-day class and “The Trainer Certification Course” 1-day program in October 2016, please check my website’s What’s New? or Training Events pages for the details and registration links. The 2-day class will be held October 3rd – 4th in Nashville, Tennessee. The 1-day Certification Course on October 5th in Nashville is already sold out, but we are opening a second day on October 6th, if we have enough people who are interested in attending. (FYI: The 2-day class is a prerequisite for the 1-day certification course.) All classes are limited in size, so register early! Hope to see you there! 🙂


  • Thank you Misty, for completing the homework assignment. The complimentary ebook will be in your inbox shortly. 🙂

  • 1. Novelty – The pop quiz and standing and stretching is something that I will use to keep people engaged and involved.
    2. Contrast – People will retain information that is new or in contrast to what they have learned before.
    3. Meaning – Convey to the audience why this information is meaningful and important.
    4. Emotion – Utilizing stories to help connect information to emotions. Also some of the images on the slides conveyed emotion.

  • Thank you, Ken, for your homework response. The ebook should be in your inbox now. 🙂

  • Hi Judy: Thank you for your very detailed and thoughtful homework response – glad you will be able to use the practical presentation tools. The ebook should be in your inbox now. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed the webinar, Pam. And thank you for your thoughtful homework response. The ebook should be in your inbox now 🙂

  • Hi Donna: Many thanks for your VERY detailed and thoughtful homework response – I think you covered everything! The ebook is on its way. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I’m glad you enjoyed the webinar and found it helpful, Lois. Thank you for your detailed homework response – the ebook is on its way. Cheers! 🙂

  • Thank you, James, for your detailed homework response – I appreciated your “priming” comment! The ebook is on its way. Cheers! 🙂

  • Ellen: Thanks for your homework response – glad you enjoyed the webinar! 🙂

  • Thank you, Sandi, for your detailed homework response! Glad you enjoyed the webinar. Your complimentary book is on its way 🙂

  • Great Presentation today! You used all four of the elements (novelty, contrast, meaning, and emotion) and more during your presentation.
    Novelty – The very first exercise. 12345678910 = ?. Both here and throughout you used techniques for the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learner.
    Contrast – You used lots of contrasting colors, slides, thoughts and explanations.
    Meaning – You told us why you were having us ‘do’ all of the different exercises. You made it meaningful to us, the learners.
    Emotion – The blue alligator. 🙂
    Thank you for making this presentation worth my time.

  • Novelty of the pictures caught attention. Definitely contrasted with the usual slide shows and webinars and therefore had more meaning all the way through. Nice use of light humor aided attention.

  • Novelty & Contrast: You actually had us do the exercises rather than just tell us about them. i.e. stand & stretch; quick speak; pop quiz
    Meaning & Emotion: Plenty of images; a few stories and metaphors.
    Great Priming and setting the stage with actual webinar intro. I really appreciated the use of the ‘pop quiz homework’ task before the webinar. It ‘primed’ me for learning and built expectation of both subject and for engagement.

  • The element of MEANING was used during the “Brain-Based Presenting” webinar by telling us the why or “personal relevancy” to connect them to the information. For example, right in the beginning you caught my attention by explaining that the brain “can’t do anything else” or multitask when writing. The brain needs to focus on the topic at hand & in this case, very successfully from the start getting the brain to pay attention. Thanks so much for this concise webinar that has helped me focus on a improving my presenting skills.

  • Great webinar! Easy to implement and modelled well. Slides got my attention and I will remember the images that are linked to key points. By not having a lot of writing, I was able to capture some great notes, that were well guided by you. Appreciated to down time to write. Liked the way of connecting what you already know to where going with the Quick write…immediate focus. Even alone in my office, I felt the impact of standing, stretching and speaking one thing outloud. Enjoyed the NOT THIS contrast to the way the class should be. There is not one thing I will NOT use! By thinking of my own classes and actions it created a great meaning Your slides showed contrast, definitely evoked emotion and you allowed us to “choose two”…another technique. Enjoyed the pop quiz and doing the Thumbs up and down action. Going to follow my action I wrote. Thanks

  • Good webinar! The elements of Novelty, Contrast, Meaning and Emotion were used during the webinar via story telling, the large images on the slides, colors. By making people get up or do things and interjecting some ‘pop’ quizzes also took the approach away from being repetitive and boring as those activities are not always ‘expected’ during webinars and meetings. This was enjoyable and help my attention.

  • Thank you Sharon for the webinar. As a trainer I found it very helpful. Here is my response to the pop quiz.
    1. Novelty – Utilizing the images in the presentation was a new way of presenting information and engaged me in wanting to know how the content connects to the image.
    2. Contrast – Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down activity allow for the audience to critically think about and reflect on what they just learned. It is a nice tool for reviewing material that was covered.
    3. Meaning – You connected a couple of the slides to how they were being used by a dental association. Giving meaning to the alligator and skull slide connects these images to those topics.
    4. Emotion – Utilizing stories to help connect information to emotions. Also some of the images on the slides conveyed emotion.
    Again thank you for providing some very practical presentation tools.

  • I heard and more importantly SAW two things that incorporated the elements of Novelty, Contrast, Meaning and Emotion. They were the size and style of the print on the slide and using photos versus clip art on the slides.

Thank you for reading!