The synapses, or the connections between neurons, and the blood
cells that support neurons grow and increase in number when
you learn. This phenomenon is called brain plasticity.
You can grow your brain cells by doing new tasks. The
brain throws out a network to figure out how to do the
task. Then, the network is trimmed down and can be
accessed more rapidly.
“If you want to get better at something, go learn something new to create new connections,” Molidor said.
Molidor suggests learning a new skill or software package
that relates directly to your speaking business, such as PowerPoint®.
Otherwise, your brain will adjust to your routine the same way your body
adapts to an exercise program. That is why fitness instructors encourage people
to do a variety of exercises, including aerobics, resistance training and yoga.
“It’s important to move your body. When you exercise your body, you exercise
your brain with increased oxygen flow,” Molidor said.
WHEN BRAIN CELLS DIE, YOU
LOSE THEM FOREVER.
This myth holds that a left-brain thinker is
more logical, analytical and rational, while a
right-brain thinker is more creative, emotional
and intuitive. Although some people display
more left-brain or right-brain traits in their
behavior, it doesn’t mean they are only using
the right or the left side of the brain.
The brain has two hemispheres, joined
by a band of nerve tissue called the corpus
collosum. For a few tasks, one side of the
brain may dominate, but both sides must
work together for any important tasks. MRIs
show that neither side of the brain can work
“Be a full-brain presenter to appeal to both
sides of the brain,” Molidor says.
YOU ARE EITHER