Archive for December, 2011

The Future Of Electronic Books in Education

I just finished reading the article, The Book Beyond the Book. This post is all about the migration from physical books to electronic books and how it’s changing the game of book marketing.

I personally have been a huge fan of the Kindle series and have had a Kindle for over 2 years. I plan on upgrading to the Kindle Fire very soon.

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I have about 70 books on my Kindle right now and love how convenient it is to travel around with 1 device and have access to so much information at my finger tips. I can hit a button and download a book in about 60 seconds. I’m someone who believes in minimizing material possessions I have so that I will have less clutter in my life. The Kindle is an awesome idea for this to work and that’s why I love it.

The article talks about something that is very interesting to me. It’s the concept of HybridBooks, “which melds the physical and electronic cultures together. On the physical side, the Hybrids are attractive, stripped-down paperbacks, with nothing inside but a short classic text.The first five were all called “The Duel,” reprinting tales by Casanova, Kleist, Conrad, Kuprin and Chekhov. The latest is Melville’s tale of the first Wall Street refusenik, “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” Bartleby, for reasons that do not become clear until the end of his tale, decides to opt out. The connection with the Occupy Wall Street movement is clear, and is no doubt the reason the Melville House edition is already in its fifth printing.”

The Future Of Electronic Books

Personally I feel that the electronic book is going to change the way we experience books. I feel that one of the biggest industries that will benefit from this is the educational system.

Think back to your days in college…I know, it could be 30 or even 60 years ago, but try to remember…

Do you remember going to the library to read for hours on end about subjects that often put you to sleep? If you are like most students, you probably spent a lot of time reading books that were written very dryly and if you ever had to take any science classes you most likely had to read books with a lot of equations in them.

Science books were very hard for me to get through, because I’m more of a visual learner and someone who thrives on actually doing something. These books didn’t really allow me to do the activity and that led me to getting bored and switching majors.

Let’s imagine for a second that you were reading about what happens when you put mentos inside a bottle of diet coke. There are a few ways that will help you learn this information. You can do it for yourself (the most fun), you could read about it (least fun) or you could watch a video of someone doing it.

Imagine Watching This Inside Of Your TextBook:

If you are in the middle of studying for a final exam, it’s probably inconvenient for you to stop studying and go to the store or lab to mix certain chemicals to see the reaction. You would waste a lot of time walking to the lab and more time setting up the experiment. What would happen if you could just watch a video inside of your text book that showed you exactly what happens? Do you think that would save you a lot of time and be a great way for you to remember the information?

Of course it would! When we actually see something happen, we are more likely to remember it because we activate more of our senses. Of course if we actually do the activity, we learn even better because we engage more senses, but for the purpose of saving time for studying watching a video is the most effective way.

This is just one way that education will be changed over the next few years because of electronic books and electronic book readers.

Do you have any other ideas on how electronic books will change the way we learn?

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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How To Use Mind Maps to Write books, articles and technical documents

Watch the video below to see how you can use mind maps to write books, articles and technical documents:

Taking the time to mind map your plans is a simple way to organize your thoughts. The majority of the time when we start the brainstorming process, all sorts of ideas come out of our head. These ideas aren’t always related and our brains often throw out thoughts that sometimes seem irrelevant. The benefits of mind mapping are that we can draw out the idea or jot down a note about the new thought. It’s possible that later on in the writing process when you are putting the plan together, you will trigger your mind with one of those seemingly irrelevant thoughts.

The benefit of using mind maps is that you can organize your thoughts in an easy way. In fact, you can put your ideas anywhere that you want on the piece of paper and then later take the time to connect them. This works great for me because I tend to jump from idea to idea a lot.

You can then create another mind map to organize these different ideas and chunk like ideas together. After this, all you need to do is put a structure to your thoughts and come up with a proper sequence of events to make your book, article or document come together!


Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Experiences Working with Tony Buzan

My dad just found this picture of me (Chris) when I was a lot younger and when I first learned about Mind Mapping and started to understand the potential that the human brain has. Below is a picture of me with the inventor of the mind map, Tony Buzan.

Chris Hughes and Tony Buzan Discussing a Mind Map

If you don’t know who Tony Buzan is, he is the world’s foremost expert on thinking visually, and a leading lecturer on the brain and learning. Tony has lectured to diverse audiences, ranging from large corporations, to universities, to governments. Tony invented Mind Maps in the 1970s, and has been instructing millions in this technique ever since.

When I was in elementary school, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the USA Memoriad with my father. This event is a gathering of the greatest minds in America and was a competition to find out who in the US had the best memory. This competition challenged these contestants in contests ranging from memorizing names and faces, to memorizing decks of cards. It was also used to study different techniques that people had developed to learn and remember information better.

I was brought in and performed as a juggler for the contestants and the spectators. I actually ended up teaching the contestants and some of the spectators how to juggle, which was an extremely important event in my life. It was at these events that I was able to test different teaching styles with teaching people how to juggle. An added benefit of me being there was that I was able to spend 1-on-1 time with some of the contestants and learn about tricks they’ve picked up and how they learn.

But the truth was that the greatest thing about performing at this event was not meeting the contestants…

The greatest thing about attending this event was being able to show Tony Buzan what I had been working on. I was able to show him how I was using mind mapping to help me pass tests in school. I was using the information that he had taught me to study for tests and write papers. (You can see in the picture there that I was showing one of my many mind maps that was on soccer.)

Working With Tony Buzan

Having the opportunity to work with Tony Buzan at such a young age had a profound impact on the way I studied and would remember information. When I learned how to mind map, I would end up spending less time studying because I would remember the information better. The mapping of this information and using pictures to show meaning was a new way of studying for me and I ended up using it on and off throughout my schooling.

During high school I ended up moving away from using the mind map, and it wasn’t until my junior year in college that I started to pick it back up again. Coincidentally, that is also when my grades started to improve drastically. The first few years I really struggled with learning and recalling information but my last 2 years of college seemed to be a breeze for me. I know that implementing mind maps into my studying had a significant impact on the way I recalled information.

Now that I have started spending more time studying the brain and specific reasons why the brain works the way it does, I am understanding just why mind maps work.

It’s amazing to me to think that 15 years ago I was learning about the brain and the importance of finding ways to train your brain to better understand information. Over these past 15 years, there has been a major shift in the information that is now available about the brain. What’s fascinating to me is that a lot of this information has been discovered by people working with Tony Buzan.

In fact, his company, ThinkBuzan, has been developing a range of accredited courses where people can learn more about creativity, innovation and mind mapping.

My dad, who also is working with me here at Brain Smart Success has been written about in a few of Tony Buzan’s books.

Bob took concepts that Tony speaks about and implemented them through his Senior Management leadership positions at IBM. Books that include Bob in them can be found on our About Us Page.

We’ve been at the forefront of what we believe is going to be a huge change in the way we use our brains. That is the reason we started Brain Smart Success and the reason we are going to continue to put out practical information that is going to help you experience more success and have more fun in your business.

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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National Geographic’s Brain Games TV Show

I’m not one to spend a lot of time watching TV, unless of course it’s some form of sports. However, I just found out about this show called Brain Games on National Geographic.

Brain Games is a show that’s all about the brain and ways that we can be fooling our brain in our everyday lives. This show is one of the most up-to-date shows on the topic of the brain and how our brain functions.

It’s amazing the ways that our brain’s play tricks on us. You may be familiar with a few of the games that they go through on the videos below, but there are many of the games that I had never thought about or would have ever even considered.

In part 2, you can see hear some examples of how your brain can play tricks on you. It’s amazing to see how much our brains rely on our eyes to help us understand what is happening during certain situations.

I don’t want to confuse you with a bunch of brain terms, so I just want to share with you the videos and hopefully peak your interest in learning more about the brain and how you can use the brain to benefit your life in a positive way.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

If you are interested in watching more about the Brain Games show, you can watch it on National Geographic or you can buy the series from Amazon.

Click Here to get Brain Games on Amazon 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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The Secret of Perceived Value

I’ve got a question for you.

Do you make judgments when you initially start watching online videos?

After watching this video, it’s my guess that you do make judgments about the person who is in videos you are watching. You may do this consciously or subconsciously but you are making some sort of judgments on the person presenting the information.

I don’t blame you either, I do the same thing. It’s part of our human nature for us to make assumptions and it often helps us save time and often energy.

The problem with this is when you and I are the people who are creating useful videos for our potential customers. We have to find ways to truly connect with them and to find a way to share our knowledge with our prospects.

We have to take into account that the majority of people who come across our information have never heard of us before, yet alone seen our videos or been to our blog. They are coming from a point of knowing absolutely nothing about us and that often can hurt us as business owners.

Be Aware Of What Your Videos Are Saying About You

If you are trying to sell something to the health niche, if you are out of shape and eating McDonalds in all of your videos, no one will take you seriously. Of course that’s an extreme example, but you get the point.

People are going to judge us based on what we are portraying in our videos. If you are going to be selling things to people interested in weight loss and health, it’s important that you yourself are healthy and in good shape.

If you are going to be sharing financial advise and selling products related to making money, you better have some nice clothes or a suit on that shows that you’ve used this information to succeed yourself. People are great at judging and can tell a lot about a person based on the clothes they wear and the way they use their body language.

We need to become aware of what our bodies are saying as well as what the clothes we wear say about ourselves and our business.

Keep this in mind the next time you create one of your videos for your business.

If you are interested in learning more about Video Marketing for your business, I recommend you check out the Video Traffic Academy course that was put together by my friend’s James Wedmore and Lewis Howes.

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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