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! 🙂


  • 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.

  • 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.

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