Training is serious business. So open with a joke. Or a song.
Research shows that putting learners in a positive mood may improve the success of your training session.
Researchers found that subjects in a positive mood performed better and were more creative on a computer-based test than those in a neutral or negative mood.
The study put participants in different moods using videos and music that evoked an emotional response.
The subjects who watched a funny video or listened to happy music right before the test outperformed both the neutral and negative groups.
Trainers’ take home: Starting off with some humor can improve performance and set a positive tone for the session.
Consider a light-hearted opening to your training, especially if the session includes an activity that requires problem-solving or creativity.
Source: Nadler, R.T., et al. (2010). Better mood and better performance: Learning rule-described categories is enhanced by positive mood. Psychological Science, 21(12), 1770-1776.
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