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VIEWPOINT: Changing the way we approach training through mental stimulation 2 October 2013

As technology advances ever more rapidly, we must change our attitudes to learning and training, writes Neil Taylor.

The comedian Emo Philips once commented that he used to consider the brain the most impressive organ in the body, before realising what was telling him this. Since he said this in the early 1980s, scientists have learnt a great deal more about the enigmatic body part.

We now know the average human brain is made up of 1.4kg of the most complex material discovered in the universe (at least according to the species that has only made it as far as an orbiting ball of rock 239,000 miles away). Depending on which neuro­scientist you ask, it comprises somewhere between 23 billion and hundreds of billions of cells – either way, a lot. All agree that each component neuron is as complex as a city, furiously sending tens of thousands of electrical impulses per second to neighbouring cells.

Luckily, almost all of this activity takes place unconsciously – but it does beget consciousness and awareness. And more than ever before, the current population of Homo sapiens is defined by awareness.

Leaps and bounds

Leaps in technology, paired with this astonishing consciousness, have enabled us to make some fascinating calculations, and have also given us the time and resources to postulate on those that stir the imagination.

For example, the combination of technology-enhanced understanding and human imagination enables us to entertain thoughts like this: that if you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms making up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.
And things are only getting more complex.

The mobile phone in your pocket is a million times cheaper, 100,000 times smaller, and a thousand times more powerful than the computer that squatted proudly over 15 storeys of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. Access to all of this power has released human beings to achieve a new level of potential. We are no longer satisfied with what has been and what we were: 3D will become 4D, and 4G will demand 5G (and then 6G).

The same is true of education. Many of you reading this article will be contemplating sitting the CPI (extended now beyond the CPPI, to the possibilities of the CPCI) and the Joint Board in 2014, or supporting your colleagues through their studies for those qualifications.

Brain training

The effort to qualify may not be gargantuan, but it is certainly significant. It will, of course, involve great chunks of memory – a faculty which makes us humans more aware of our own capabilities and aspire to greater things.

Memory used to be considered a structure; a single unit that existed somewhere, which could be called upon when necessary to answer questions such as, Where do I live? What was the name of the lead singer of Slade? What is Latin for helicopter? Now it’s widely regarded as a process.
That is, a reconstruction of many different chunks stored within the brain. The more constructively we place and link these chunks, the more readily accessible they become.

What the team at Neil Taylor Insolvency most passionately believes is that people can be inspired and motivated to align and access the ‘chunks’ associated with technical insolvency memory. But to do this, they must get the training and development they deserve. Awareness has moved on; knowledge has moved on; education must move with it.

JIEB and CPI candidates respond much more positively to being stimulated to learn and remember, and this enables them to maximise their marks in tough examination scenarios.

Course objectives, design and content must be based, at all times, upon the inspiration of candidates. This includes the ways materials are shaped and created, strengthened by imaginative delivery and round-the-clock individual support.

Neil Taylor Insolvency is not different for difference’s sake; we are different because it is what you deserve. You must be inspired to succeed.

For further information:

Neil Taylor is the founder of Neil Taylor Insolvency, the new, enthusiastic and extensive team in insolvency training. We are offering a new generation of courses, materials and support for all exams from December 2013.
Contact us for more details on or 0203 651 5161.



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