Arlene Taylor, PhD

 

Brain Function Guru


Biography

Dr. Taylor, one of the world's leading speakers on brain function, specializes in simplifying this complex topic--unleashing the potential to thrive. Her profound and entertaining seminars are life-changing. Whether through keynote addresses, seminars, consulting, coaching, television and radio, or her internationally-known books and syllabi, success stories pour in from the four corners of the world.

Arlene Taylor, PhD, is founder and president of Realizations Inc, a non profit corporation that promotes brain function research and provides related educational resources. As a leading brain function specialist, her desire to share the information with others provided a natural progression into the speaking world. She is a sought-after charismatic speaker who presents practical brain function information in enjoyable, educational, and empowering ways.

Taylor has spoken to thousands of people at conferences internationally. Listeners who practically apply brain function information report incredible results:  higher sales, more effective communication skills, enhanced relationships, and focused and satisfying professional lives. Her audiences love her energy, passion, and humorous stories. She awakens them to the realization that by tapping into their own unique skills they can be, do, and have their life’s passion.

Dr. Taylor holds two earned Doctorates. In 2002 she was the recipient of the American Medal of Honor for Brain-Function Education from the American Biographical Institute Inc, #22 of 100, and became a Life member #196863 of Kingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who. In 2000 she became a Life member of the National Registry of Who’s Who. In 1991 she was voted International Woman of the Year by The International Biographical Center of Cambridge, England.

Heard it through the Grapevine – What people are saying

I have to tell you that your presentation was by far, the best one I’ve seen at the MCA. It was intelligent, stimulating, and high caliber. You had every single person in the room completely engaged – even those who sat still in their chairs! Thank you so much for your time and energy.” — Marci Rinkoff, PCC, CPCC, mbr coaching Program Chair, Marin Coaches Alliance

To use a power word now in vogue to describe you and your seminar—AWESOME! In 45 years of academic pursuit and professional career, I have attended a lot of seminars. Let me be bold and say you, your material, delivery, presentation style—the whole thing was in the top 1%-2% of any I have ever attended. Many thanks.” —Stanley Charles Knapp, MD, MPH,

Arlene Taylor is a winner! She has spoken at several Women's Ministries events in Kansas-Nebraska and is a class act. She's articulate and very thought provoking. Her presentations pack a real punch with stories and humor.” —Roxy Hoehn, Women's Ministries Director

The Brain Program had an immediate and powerful impact upon my life. I had practiced Homeopathic medicine and psychotherapy in Palos Verdes, California for the past ten years. The information that Dr. Taylor so magically teaches in two whirlwind days, regarding innate brain giftedness, provides you with awareness as well as tools for changing your life. If it’s a better life you need, it will be improved by the seminar. If you have a great life, the seminar will improve that, also. I am now viewing my family and friends in a more evolved and peaceful light. Arlene has identified and unleashed another of my passions in my search for the truth of my life. Thanks and praise for her accomplishments that have allowed her to design and present the most unique seminar I have ever attended.” — Dr. Sherry Greenberg


Presentations

Examples of typical presentations that can be tailored for each audience and organization.

Age-Proofing Your Memory
Your memory is critical to you. Without your memories and an ability to recall them, you would be unable to know who you are and what has happened to you in the past. You would not recognize your loved ones, dearest friends, or beloved pets. You would *forget* anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, your favorite things. Everything! Research studies are beginning to validate the full impact of what can be derived through challenging brain stimulation. Practically applied, this information may be able to help you strengthen some forms of memory and improve your recall. It is worth a shot but you are the only one who can do it for you!

Use Your Brain for Success!
Only you can, because your brain is as unique as your thumb print. The way your brain functions determines the quality of your life! Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. Fortunately, current research is shedding new light on it. An increased understanding of the brain can help you to be more realistic in terms of relating to the brains of others and in developing strategies for relating to your own brain more effectively. And it can be fun!

Affirmation—the Power of Positive
Affirmation is the programming language of the subconscious and the most effective way to communicate with this portion of the human brain. The formula is simple: short, positive, present tense, unconditional, and empowering statements. Growing up, however, most people heard seven to nine negative comments for each positive one. With all that negative "programming," many never learned the art of affirmation. No wonder communication problems abound! Fortunately, it's never too late to get started. It just takes knowledge, commitment, and practice. Over time, affirmations can become just as powerful as negative statements used to be.

Age-Proof Your Brain!
Until recently, conventional wisdom said that our brains contained all the thinking cells (neurons) that it would ever possess. With the advent of state-of-the-art brain research, this belief has been overturned. Because of studies conducted toward the end of the 20th century we now know that new brain cells can be produced in the adult human brain. Equally exciting is the understanding that although not muscle tissue per se, neurons respond in much the same way as does muscle tissue. That is, neurons can become stronger with exercise and atrophy with disuse.

The Brain Program
Studies estimate that approximately two-thirds of adult Americans use their brains in energy-exhaustive ways. In addition studies have shown that managers spend an average of 19% of their time on employee-related problems. This is up 9% from a decade or two ago and is cause for concern in the business community because time is money. Matching employees with tasks that their brains do energy-efficiently can help to decrease presenteeism, absenteeism, turnover, and illness and enhance enthusiasm, accuracy, and productivity. The Brain Program is designed to help you to manage your energy more efficiently—and thrive.

Thinking Styles Assessment
Taylor is licensed to provide, score, and interpret a premier thinking style assessment (BTSA) that can help you identify specifics about your brain’s unique advantage. Organizations have experienced the benefits of moving to higher level of success using whole brained teams. Students have reported experiencing higher levels of energy by matching careers to their brain function. Each participant receives a personalized feedback prepared by Dr. Taylor.

He Said-She Said-They Said—Gender in the Workplace
Studies reveal that managers spend an average of 19% of their time resolving communication glitches among employees. Male-female differences in the workplace can trigger many of these glitches. Does understanding these differences make them go away? No. But knowledge is power! An increased understanding offers you more options for any given situation. It can diminish a tendency to take things personally, reduce frustration, and improve relationships. It can enhance cross-gender communication and improve cross-gender teamwork.

Male/Female Differences
Some say, But we know all about male/female differences. Perhaps in the physical sense but not in the brain sense! Current research suggests we’ve actually known very little about the brain and gender uniqueness. Although as members of the same species we are more alike than we are different, there are key dissimilarities! The differences have been around for eons and show no signs of disappearing any time soon. Males and females are not from separate planets in outer space, sometimes it just seems that way. Understanding some of the key differences can enhance all your relationships and it can be fun!

The Brain and Laughter—Laugh and Last

A spoonful of laughter makes the medicine go down! Is there anything to the old saying, laugh and last! Where does laughter reside in the brain? Can it really alter brain chemistry? Why does one person laugh when another doesn’t? Is there any evidence that laughter can improve one’s state of health? What’s the difference between having a keen sense of humor and laughter? Current research is providing answers to these questions and more. Studies show that laughter really is good medicine—good age-proofing medicine. It is also an anti-aging strategy, and it’s free!

How the Brain Learns Best
No one really knows how the brain learns. I wish we did! It could make life so much easier for everyone—parents, students, teachers, and you! Although science still sees through a glass darkly in terms of how the brain actually learns, it has uncovered how the brain naturally learns best. That knowledge is exhilarating because with some effort and innovation the educational process can be enhanced significantly for most students. You can also implement the strategies on an individual basis.

Breaking Free from Old Behaviors
You are able to develop habits because your brain id designed to created internal software program. This enables you to engage in repetitive actions, activities, or routines and achieve a consistent, predictable outcome. Sometimes the software gets stuck, much like a needle on the old 45-records. And sometimes human beings create software in an attempt to change the way feel, to self medicate much as a chef adds seasoning to a stew although the key ingredients may the same. You probably can’t ever break a habit. Strategies can help you alter your brain’s software.

Cellular Memory—Past, Present, and Future

There are many different types of memory. Cellular memory, for example, that all cells are believed to possess. Much like you input numbers into your cell phone so you can do automatic dial, cellular memory pushes you toward exhibiting learned behaviors, often as a subconscious level. To a great degree you control the cellular memory you input. An increased understanding can provide you with an expanded framework of knowledge within which to make healthy personal and behavioral choices—and we haven’t even mentioned organ transplants!

Communication—It's More Than Words!
Studies have shown that, if you are like most people, you spend 80% of your waking hours communicating. “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?” Often people expect the brains of others to function much the same as their own, and when they don’t they aren’t sure how to proceed. While you can’t make others listen, you can increase the odds that they will, and you can increase your communication effectiveness—by design.

Distress, Eustress, and Mistress
Stressed? Depressed? Know someone who is? Then this is for you! What has come to be known as “stress” encompasses at least three different types of stressors: distress, eustress, and mistress. It is also impacted by your own brain’s unique perception of each stressor. It’s actually your brain rather than your stomach that recognizes a stressor first. You can dramatically improve your life by learning to quickly identify a stressor and implementing the 20:80 rule.

Upshift, Downshift, and About Shift
Your brain can be compared to an automatic transmission. When the going gets tough (e.g., situations of trauma, crisis, or any type of fear) your brain automatically downshifts to help you get through. This is a life-saving strategy but you always give something up to get something. You can learn how to minimize what you give up.

EQ - Emotional Intelligence
Many people think of IQ when the word "intelligence" is mentioned. There are many different types of intelligences, however. One of these is Emotional Intelligence or EQ. In fact, it appears that EQ may be even more important to your overall success in life than IQ! The equation may actually be: IQ plus EQ equals SQ (your success quotient). You can learn to become emotionally intelligent and enhance all your relationships.

Family-of-Origin Work

Have you ever been startled by a behavior that seemed to pop out of nowhere or bewildered by unexpected overreaction? Perhaps you've been fascinated by whispers of family secrets during childhood or puzzled by the contribution of past events to present choices. According to Shakespeare, we're all players on the stage of life. Few get serious about defining the roles they play or evaluate the script they were handed a birth—or before. Family-of-origin strategies can assist in identifying hidden triggers and managing your present behaviors.

Handling Holiday Stress
Any change in routine can be a stressor and holidays usually involve changes in routine. Think beyond national celebrations—the anniversary of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, miscarriage, layoff, bankruptcy, or adoption can have a greater impact on your brain than the more traditional holidays. Imagine getting rid of 50% of your holiday stressors in a relatively short amount of time!

The Brain and Music
More than 300 years ago the French composer Francois Couperin recommended that children should begin studying instruments by the age of 6 or 7. He was right! Is studying music for children only? No! It can be of benefit at any age. In fact, it may be the fastest way to build skills in all four chunks of the thinking brain or cerebrum. Music lessons offer the type of challenging stimulation that can retard and sometimes even prevent the onset of symptoms commonly associated with the aging process (e.g., senility). In other words, it's rarely too late to begin!

The Sensory Systems — a sense in time saves mine!
You communicate with the world and with others through the sensory systems: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. You probably also have a sensory preference that may differ from others in your family or workplace. The term, sensory preference refers to the type of sensory stimuli that registers most quickly and intensely within your brain. Generally you gravitate toward environments that acknowledge and reward your sensory preference. Identify your own sensory preference and learn strategies for enhancing relationships with those who have a different preference.

Recover From Your Losses
Growing up most people learn how to acquire but not how to lose. The survivor syndrome differs dramatically from preparing for your own demise (e.g., Kubler-Ross model). Learn how to retain your memories without the sting of the emotional pain. Use the strategies presented in the Grief Recovery Pyramid to identify, grieve, and move beyond your losses.

Books

Age-Proofing Your Memory
Worried about losing your memory? The brain aerobic exercises and brain tips in this book can help you improve at least one type of memory (and maybe more). It may also help you retard the onset of aging symptoms, and perhaps even reverse some of them. And it can be fun!

 


MindWaves -- How to use less brain energy to avoid burnouts and better connect with those around you

Written in an easy-reading style, MindWaves is designed to help you get to know your own unique brain--that mysterious, complex, and fascinating organ; that most intricately organized and densely populated expanse of biological real estate in the world--and identify the advantages that it alone possesses.


 

Brain Benders
Did you know that one of the two proven strategies for retarding the onset of aging is thirty minutes of challenging mental exercise every day? Unfortunately, the average person doesn't always get this. Brain benders are word puzzles, cerebral teasers, designed to stimulate the thinking cells of the brain.

 


Thresholds to Thriving
This book looks at factors that can contribute to problem behaviors in adulthood. Two flagrant culprits are identified—a failure to complete vital developmental tasks of childhood and a dearth of learned nurturing skills. Affirmation is the programming language of the brain.

 

 

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