My session “The Power of Play,” explores how play is a super power that turbocharges both our brains and our bodies. One of the easiest ways to be 100% present, mindful, and engaged is simply to start incorporating play into your life. It sounds ridiculous because playing is…playing. It’s not like “Gah, the doctor says I’ve got to play more. Crap!” (sadly, some people will think exactly that…which is a pity).
I’m on a mission to put play where it belongs: out of the gutter and into the limelight. Because while most people say that play is important, when important things are being discussed, play is sent outside: “Go on, little play-fella, go out to the playground and play because the grown-ups have important things to do.”
That is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing. When important things are happening, play should be incorporated and involved in the discussion, the actions, and the solutions we craft for our problems. The more serious, the more play.
Why? Because it is the quickest, easiest, most enjoyable ways to fire up both the logical and creative areas of our brain. According to the leading researcher on Neuroscientist Dr. Stuart Brown, “nothing lights up our brains like play.”
In my session “The Power of Play,” we won’t just talk about play as a concept, we will create it in the room and then use it as a tool to turbocharge our learning and retention for the very information we learn in this session (and any others you attend after).
We will start by discussing the #1 reason people (like you) attend conferences in 2017 and then we will get that off our plate in a fun and playful way.
Next, we will turn to some of the amazing things we are learning about play from Neuroscience.
Incredible findings like, without play we turn into dead rats or serial killers! Doesn’t that sound intriguing?
We will also uncover some of the amazing and surprising benefits that incorporating play creates across our personal and professional lives.
For example, our learned relationship to success and happiness, we will learn, is completely the opposite of what it should be according to a leading neuroscientist who studies happiness. And Play is one of the fastest, surest methods of getting to happy.
We will also look at the impact one positive person (and conversely one negative person) can have on the whole team. One person can change the course of your success or failure, so it’s important to realize the implications play and positivity have on our workplaces, our family dynamics, and our social circles.
There will be a quiz (that will make you laugh out loud), some music maybe even some singing! Don’t worry, though. You will have a team and new friends to make sure you have the best time during it. Recently, I gave this talk to a group at 7am at the start of a long 3-day conference. Here is one tweet that came through at this super-early morning session:
“Today's first session started at 7AM. Thank goodness it's @rogerhaskett's Power of Play presentation. This guy is better than coffee.”
These things and more will be part of our journey through the Power of Play.
Up coming Power of Play opening keynote presentation you can see...
Sept. 18th Project World* Business Analyst World, Winnipeg
Nov. 13th Project World* Business Analyst World, Chicago, IL