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Building a Better Brain. Building a Better You.

The ultimate guide to improving yourself by improving your brain.
Jason Liem
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Control the brain’s overreactive strategies to potential threats by understanding the fundamentals of how your brain works
Learn the fundamentals of the brain's inner-workings to effectively deal with stress and anxiety
Learn skills designed to target specific brain regions to shift from being reactive, subjective and problem-oriented to being more reflective, objective and solution-oriented
Apply the key-findings of brain-science and cognitive psychology to effectively coach, manage and lead people
Learn to build, maintain and manage cohesive teams based on the latest finding of the social brain by using brain-based coaching and communication skills
Find a sense of confidence, certainty and clarity when facing personal or professional storms and to effectively move forward and grow
Your confidence will grow through the understanding that you don't have to blindly-react to the brain’s survival strategies, but that you have a choice and can ‘tame & train’ your brain to employ more proactive and constructive strategies to deal with perceive threats and demanding situations
Your certainty will increase wit the confidence of knowing what you need to do in order to manage yourself, others and difficult situations
Your clarity will brighten from knowing how to engage the part of the brain that allows you to be objective, reflective, decisive and solution-oriented


My goal of this program is to teach you to understand, to know, and to care for you brain. In order for you to perform at your best and to be your best self, you must have a brain that works at it’s best.

This program to is to help you balance the function of your brain and to improve your life, since your brain and life are inseparably linked. Whether you are struggling at work, at home, in school, in relationships or within yourself, MINDtalk works hard to help you to get the best brain possible. 

The great news is the the brain is malleable and able to change. With some basic knowledge about the brain and targeted strategies you can make a good brain great. 

In order to keep our brains functional we need tune, balance, and properly nourish them to remain in excellent health. But if you don’t actively work out a plan to help it, the brain becomes significantly less active with age.

This program is a practical guide to understanding and optimising the functioning in your own brain, so you can be the best person possible. It will also teach you how to enhance the brains of your children, your family, your friends, your colleagues and those you manage.

Part 1 is a basic primer on the brain and will explain why it is essential take care and nurture the brain and how it is intimately involved in all you do. You will learn practical strategies and exercises that are based on real-life experience to learn to effectively bounce back from life’s inevitable set-backs. 

Part 2 is where you will take the knowledge of Part 1 to help to enhance the brains of those around you by learning how to communicate, to coach and to build strong relationships with the brain in mind.


It can be confidently said that most people rarely think about the day-to-day health of their own brain. People hardly ever give their own brains much thought, or considered how they work or how to keep them healthy. It is rarer still for people to actively exercise and nourish them.

There are no required classes on practical brain science for everyday living in schools and universities, yet the brain is more important than law, finance, nursing, history, geography and hundreds of other subjects. In fact, the brain is the place where all this knowledge lives.

People stress their brains by working at ever demanding and frenzied pace, living relatively sedentary lives, not getting enough sleep, holding on to grudges and resentments and the list goes on.

Without realising it, people deprive the brain of proper nutrients, invigorating exercise, fitful sleep, deep learning, and enriching social relationships.

When the brain is ineffective, over-stressed, and under performing, so are we.


By taking simple steps to balance and optimise your brain function, you will be able to enhance and take better control of your life.

My goal has been to design a practical, straight-forward program to teach you the latest neuroscience research and cognitive psychology on how to achieve the best brain function possible.

The principles and exercises in this program are based on years of learning and practical experience.

MINDtalk’s purpose to is to help people to optimise and restore the brain.

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Course Introduction

Welcome to MINDtalk's course Managing with the Brain in Mind. If you have ever been curious about the inner workings of your brain and mind you've come to the right place. In the following lectures you will learn how to manage yourself by training your brain, and to also manage others and situations. Look forward to working with you!

Managing Self with The Brain in Mind

Priming Questions

Answer the two questions to prime your thinking for the content of this course. Take a few moments for reflection and write down your thoughts and experiences. Your answers will serve as a basis to tailor this course to your experiences.

Our Wired Brain

This lecture reveals the Prime Directive of our brain and what that means for each of us..

Dual Process Theory

Defining the Dual Process Theory and how that affects our state of mind. This in the introduction to the Reactive and the Reflective mindsets.

The Three Roles of the Brain

How our mindsets directly influence the three major functions of the brain.

The Different Abilities of the Mindsets

This lecture explores the specific cognitive abilities that are available to us depending on our mindset.

The Anatomy of our Mindsets

Mindsets are not simply psychological states of mind, but each has it's own dedicated anatomical brain structures and corresponding functions. This lecture explores these very connections and what that means when it comes to how we engage with the world around us.

The Reactive Mindset and the Limbic System

A review and deeper exploration into the functioning of the emotional centre of the brain, The Limbic System, and it's role in the Reactive Mindset.

The Reflective Mindset and the Pre Frontal Cortex

A review and deeper exploration into the functioning of the rational and analytical centre of the brain, The Pre Frontal Cortex, and it's role in the Reflective Mindset.

    The Neurochemistry of Our Mindsets

    Our neurochemistry (i.e. brain chemical messengers) determine not only the quality of communication between our brain cells, but the quality of our thinking, communication and ability to deal with demanding situations. It's all about getting the chemistry correct.

    The Role of Dopamine in Our Mindset

    This lecture looks at the role of dopamine and how it chemically influences the quality of our mindset.

    The Role of Noradrenaline in Our Mindset

    This lecture dives into the role of noradrenaline and what it means for our mindset.

    Review: A Systems Approach to the Mindsets

    This is a review of the mindset networks the brain from a systems approach.

    MINDtalk Newsletter and Course Supplements

    Course Supplement - Mind & Brain Newsletter 1

    The Cognitive MINDtools

    Introduction to the MINDtools

    An introductory look at the MINDtools to help make the shift to a more productive and solution-oriented mindset. i.e. the specific tools to shift from the reactive mindset to the reflective mindset.

    The Autonomic Nervous System

    This lecture introduces you to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). It is key to resetting your brain back to a calm state. Unfortunately, you have no direct conscious access to this system. But the following lectures will reveal how to reset your ANS.

    Bottom-Up Tools Part One

    This is part one of a two part lecture exploring the bottom-up tools.

    Bottom-Up Tools Part Two

    This is part two of two lectures exploring the bottom-up tools.

    Description of Top-Down Tools - Part One

    This is part one of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.

    Description of Top-Down Tools Part Two

    This is part two of two lectures exploring the top-down tools.

    Top-Down Tool One A + B = C

    This is the first of five top-down MINDtools. This lecture explore WHAT and HOW to use the cognitive formula to affect change.

    Top-Down Tool Two: An Activating Memory

    This second tool explores how to use our own prior experience to solve current challenges. We can sometimes learn from what we have accomplished in the past.

    Top-Down Tool Three: The Trigger Mechanism

    This third tool is to help people to break the pattern of Automatic Negative Thoughts patterns and to replace them with more adaptable and healthy patterns.

    Top-Down Tool Four: The Closed Door

    This fourth tool explores the cognitive ability to deal with missed opportunities.

    Top-Down Tool Five: Gaining Perspective

    This fifth tools explores the techniques of gaining perspective to see beyond our fixed ways of looking at things.

    Managing Others with The Brain in Mind

    The Natural Dysfunctions of Relationships

    Understanding what creates gaps in relationships is vital in order to bridge them.

    Priming Questions

    An reflection exercise of your experience as to what build bridges and what burns bridges in relationships.

    Getting the Fundamentals of Human Relationships Correct

    Want to build strong, cohesive teams? An exploration of the fundamentals of human relationships. Get these correct and everything else falls into place.

    The Crossroads Where Trust Meets Communication

    An explanation as to why the level of trust and the quality and frequency of communication go hand-in-hand.

    Survival is Dependent on Our Standing in The Tribe

    What the positive implications are if we feel connected to the tribe, but also what are the significant consequences of feeling disconnected from it.

    The Social Brain is Key to Healthy, Functional Relationships

    An explanation of the social brain and the phenomenon of social pain and social reward and what that means for our mindset and those that we work alongside, manage, lead or coach.

    The Chemical Tribe: Social Pain & Social Reward

    This lecture explores the powerful and influential nature of social pain and social reward on our thinking, emotions and behaviour.  These are the drivers of all human behaviour when it comes to our key relationships.  A fundamental lecture with profound implications on building and leading teams.

    The 3 Most Important Questions in Any Communication

    The 3 questions each of us unconsciously ask in every communication. The quality of the answers we receive has a direct impact on our social brain.

    The Core Motivators of Every Human Being

    What to build strong, cohesive teams? Get these right and you are well on your way.

    Introduction to Cognitive Biases

    An introduction to the 3 cognitive biases that are a result of when we feel social pain.

    What is a Cognitive Bias?
    Exploring the Three Cognitive Biases

    A more in-depth look at the three key biases that are a result of social pain - when we feel disconnected from the tribe.

    Tools to Dispel Cognitive Biases

    We can't escape the total influence of cognitive biases. Although we can minimize their effects. This lecture explores some of the skills that are suited for this.

    Comprehensive Review of the Social Brain

    This lecture reviews the section on the social brain.

    Course Conclusion

    Course Conclusion

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