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Motivation for Learning and Performance

Master research-based strategies that ensure optimal motivation in the self and others at home, work, and school.
Bobby Hoffman
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Diagnose, analyze, and eliminate learning and performance issues caused by lack of motivation in the self and others.
Identify which aspects of human behavior are influenced by motivation using the latest scientific evidence from psychology, education, business, neuroscience and athletics
Determine which motivation clues are meaningful and which are misleading
Analyze self-beliefs that stall optimal task success
Implement and apply dozens of research-based strategies to enhance individual, group and organizational effectiveness
Design and conduct a successful motivational intervention that promotes lasting behavior changes in the self and others
Overcome defensiveness and resistance from others
Become a certified Motivational Detective (M.D.)
Laugh excessively at the bloopers lesson and see why making a course isn't as easy as you might think

How do they do it? What is the secret behind the success of a Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Elon Musk, or the lady down the street who runs a highly profitable family business and the classroom teacher that masterfully calms a group of rowdy students? You may be thinking why not ask them, but there is a catch…They Probably Don’t Know…but I do and soon you will too.

How do I know? Because I have been researching and teaching about motivation for over 30 years, all over the globe, giving presentations and conducting workshops to help people like you become more successful. I am a university professor who specializes in motivational science, including writing the leading text “Motivation for Learning & Performance.” As I reveal in the course, one of the most interesting aspects of motivation is that few people really understand their own motives and I can tell you why.

This course is about making you one of those few people that are highly self-aware about their own motives, as well as someone who can cultivate optimal motivation in others. When you take my course you will learn evidence-based strategies and techniques you can use to become what I call a “Motivation Detective,” spotting the correct clues to solve motivational riddles. By the end of the course you will amass a wealth of practical and applied strategies to enhance motivation in the self and others. You will master how to use knowledge of motivation to achieve success. You will learn the important interaction among beliefs, motivations, and behaviors, the key pitfalls to avoid, and you will gain the power to develop and implement scientifically-based strategies to improve learning and performance.

In the course you will learn about motivational misconceptions and the theories that explain motivation. You will meet a number of motivational leaders that I have interviewed, from an international poker player that won millions, to a Hall of Fame football star, to the most famous white-collar criminal in the world, who is still behind bars. You will also learn about how to analyze motivational clues, and at the end of the course I provide you a 5-step plan you can use to create long lasting motivational change. Along the way there are a number of quizzes to help reinforce your knowledge along with a host of additional resources provided in downloadable materials to use after the course is completed.

When you sign up for my course you are actually receiving almost the same, high-quality information that I teach my students at the University of Central Florida. They spend a lot of money registering for my semester-long course in pursuit of a college degree, but here on Udemy you will get the same access to me just like my students, for just a fraction of the typical university cost.

Motivation for Learning and Performance is exactly as the title states. When you take my course you will walk away with a certificate as a Motivational Detective, ready to use what you have learned to enhance your own learning and performance, as well as the motivation of your peers, family, co-workers, classmates, or with whomever you choose to share your motivational expertise.

Course Intro


An introduction to the course that provides a high level overview of the course objectives, what you can expect to take away from the course and a bit about my background as a motivational expert.

How Much Do You Know?
Getting the Most out of Udemy

A quick lecture to help you get the absolute most out of the Udemy platform and learn about supplemental course materials

Gain Awareness, Identify Challenges, and Investigation Basics

Defining Motivation and Course Structure

This lecture defines motivation and provides students with an understanding of how the course is structured.

Investigation Process Overview

This lecture outlines the PROCESS used in the course to investigate motivated behavior. Process is critical so important motivational clues do not go unnoticed.

Motivational Leaders

This lecture briefly introduces you to the motivational leaders I interviewed when writing "Motivation for Learning and Performance." Throughout the course I refer to these individuals as examples of motivated behavior indicating the strategies they used to meet their goals and overcome obstacles.

Misinterpretations and Misconceptions

Part of understanding motivation is getting past the misinterpretations and misconceptions that can send you down the wrong path. We must also understand the huge difference between correlation and causality.

Root Causes of Motives

In this lecture I discuss root causes of motivation and why we must look beyond behavior to assess motivation.

10 Tips for Investigating Motivation

This lecture reveals the 10 factors that must be considered to ensure the aspiring MD is on the right track. The dual focus on behaviors and root cause analysis is emphasized.

Section Quiz

Gather Motivation Evidence

Cultural Influences on Motivation and Motivational Leader Bernard Madoff

Culture is a major influence on motivation. In this lecture I discuss why the role of culture is so important and how you can use cultural knowledge to help identify and mediate motivational challenges. You will also learn how Bernard Madoff used cultural knowledge to start his infamous career.

Developmental Influences on Motivation

This lecture discusses how motives change across the lifespan and how development influences motivation.

Four more Influences on Motivation

This lecture discusses the importance of genetics, emotion, context and task on motivated behavior

The Importance of Self-beliefs

The role of self-beliefs and the influence on motivation and behavior are discussed. I explain the relationship among beliefs, motives, and behavior.

Motivational Leader Nick Lowery

Introducing the case of Nick Lowery, an NFL field goal kicker, in this lecture I talk about the role of confidence in motivation.

Theory 1: Attributions - Is Success based on effort or ability?

In this lecture I discuss attributions, which are the reasons people give for their success or failure, including the powerful roles of ability and effort.

Theory 2: Self-efficacy - Do you believe you can do it?

This lecture discusses beliefs we have about completing a task successfully and how those beliefs may determine if we complete the task or give up.

Theory 3: Expectancy-Value - how important is the outcome?

In this lecture I discuss which factors influence the value you place on a task as well as the psychological costs associated with task completion.

Theory 4: Goal Orientation - Why do you attempt a task?

In this lecture I discuss the why the reasons for attempting a task are so important and how those reasons influence the strategies we use to complete the task.

Section Quiz

Analyze Motivation Evidence

Early Formation of Beliefs and Motivational Leader Robert Knowling, Jr.

In this lecture I discuss the formation of beliefs over the lifespan and tell you the story of Motivational Leader Robert Knowling Jr., who started his first business when he was 10 years old.

Positive and Negative Impact of Self-beliefs

Certain self-beliefs foster positive behaviors, others prompt negative outcomes. In this lecture I discuss both the positive and negative consequences of self-beliefs.

Self-worth and the Motivational Mask

People have a natural desire to protect their self-worth. This lecture discusses the consequences of low self-worth that often leads to using a motivational mask to shield ourselves from negative perceptions.

Self-handicapping Behaviors

People self-handicap with the hopes of redefining failure based upon using inappropriate strategies to complete a task, instead of failing because of lack of ability. Strategies such as setting unattainable goals or procrastinating as a way to protect your self-image are discussed.

Section Quiz

Determine Srategies and Implement Change

Solving the Case: An Overview of Self-regulation

A big part of solving any motivational case is understanding self-regulation. In this lecture I provide an overview of the self-regulatory process.

Motivational Leader: Amanda Boxtel

The amazing case of motivational leader Amanda Boxtel. An aspiring olympian, you will not want to miss out on hearing her story.

Specific Self-regulation Strategies

In this lecture I discuss a number of different strategies that you can use to help improve your ability to self-regulate for optimal motivation and performance.

Motivation for Specific Environments

Motives change according to both task and context. You can have high motivation in one situation, yet low motivation in another. This lecture provides some helpful tips to create and sustain motivation in academic, workforce, athletic, and online learning environments.

Five Key Factors for a Successful Motivational Intervention

Part of developing a plan for motivational change includes designing an intervention that includes five key factors. In this lecture I discuss each of the factors.

Resistance to Change - Seven Ways to Evaluate Data

Regardless of your motivational case, you will need to know about the kinds of resistance you will face in managing motivational change. In this lecture I discuss seven ways resistance occurs.

5-Step Plan for Motivational Change

Having diagnosed the motivational clues to design an intervention you need an implementation plan. In this lecture I provide you a 5-step plan that is based on the latest research on persuasion and psychological change.

Course Certification and Wrap-up

Motivational Detective Certification Exam
Final Notes

A big hearty congratulations, you are now a certified Motivational Detective!

In this lecture I provide final tips and some advice that will help you and others attain optimal motivation.

A Few of the MANY Bloopers

See Dr. Hoffman at his best (or worst, depending on your motivation).

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