“The way that we give instructions can make or break an activity,” says Everything Teaching
TESOL, a blog on issues in teaching English to non-native English speakers. “Giving clear instructions is part of a teacher’s essential tool kit.”
For all of us, understanding and trying to follow instructions is just one small part of the job our brains perform every minute of every day. “Our brain is stitching together all the different information from our senses and filling in the gaps using its best guess as to what is out there in the world,” explains The Brain Bank. While optical illusions involve visual deception, misleading instructions can lead to an entirely different form of illusion.
Of course, here at the Mind Tripping show, we’re love learning about how our brains can fool us. That’s why we were so amused to hear from a friend about a management training session where they used the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Exercise. The leaders had brought in a packaged loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly, and a knife. Each manager was asked to write out instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The seminar leader then attempted to make a sandwich based on the instructions.
The first person had written, “Put peanut butter and jelly on the bread,” so the leader set the jars on top of the wrapped bread. The second person had written “Open the jar and spread peanut butter on the bread,” so the leader used her hand to scoop out peanut butter and put in on the wrapped loaf of bread. And so it went – almost none of the instructions were detailed enough, so the brain used the information that had been given to draw conclusions.
Midwest Master entertainers Christian and Katalina know that, while the right brain focuses on the visual, processing information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, the left brain thinking is verbal and analytical. Together, the two parts of the brain look at the pieces and try to put them together into a whole.
Whether it’s in Cincinnati, Louisville, or Indianapolis, our corporate audiences certainly get to exercise their brains at each Mind Tripping event. The subjects of our show – mind reading, influence, perception, and truth vs. lying – are serious, but nothing is more fun, fascinating, and instructional than watching colleagues “trip over” their very own minds!
– by Rebecca of the Corporate Events Indiana blog team