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WSP 329 — The Science of Being Memorable and Influencing Decisions

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Sep 26—Sep 27
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 19
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $250
Instructor(s): Carmen Simon
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 26—Sep 27
2 days
Drop By
Sep 19
0 Unit
Fees
$250
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Carmen Simon
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Effective communication motivates an audience. When you communicate, you typically want your audience to be moved in the moment and to act in the future. But what influences their decisions? The answer is simple, yet complex: memory. People make decisions in your favor based on what they remember. However, research confirms that audiences forget 90 percent of what you share after two days. So how can your audiences act on what you say if they don’t remember most of it? And how do you drive toward specific decisions in the face of cognitive inertia? By leveraging research in neuroscience and decision-making, this workshop will help answer these questions. Through exercises, lectures, and discussion, you will learn and employ a series of best practices that will make your content (e.g., sales pitch, marketing message, training materials, finance review, or technical data) more memorable and actionable. Specifically, you will learn how to create an optimal “10 percent message” that is rewarding to the brain, easily remembered, and linked to a desired action. You will also learn how to influence memory with precision, use decision drivers that impact long-term memory, and use a five-step, persuasive template to spark action.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English.

Carmen Simon, Cognitive Neuroscientist

Carmen Simon consults with major corporations on human memory and decision-making processes. Simon is the author of Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions. She received a PhD from Capella University in cognitive psychology, with a focus on neuroscience.