The power of emotional connection in learning

By William Seidman David Brooks is writing a book on “neuroscience and sociology” and is interested in the science (and mechanics) of learning. I heard him speak at the Aspen Institute – you can hear his talk here. Some of his points re learning:

  • emotional connection is vitally important
  • genuine caring is the single most important factor
  • most brain function is beneath consciousness and knowledge must penetrate to deep levels to be sustainable
To coach well you must create a strong emotional connection with your coachee. If your coachee knows that you care and that you listen, the chances of success increase hugely. Establishing an authentic relationship – and then, coaching well – is the best way to go. Emotional connection provides a powerful platform for working together.]]>

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