Back by popular demand! Brain Scientist Dr. John Medina, last year’s top keynote speaker at RISE Nashville, will return for our 2020 conference to lead a half-day virtual workshop on the brain science behind delivering powerful and engaging presentations.

Medina, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School,” will discuss brain processing and offer practical advice on how to make presentations clear and compelling. 

The workshop will take place 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, June 26 at RISE National 2020, formerly known as RISE Nashville and now a virtual event. Space is limited.

A developmental molecular biologist, Medina kicked off last year’s summit with an entertaining but poignant look at the aging brain, providing strategies to keep our brains sharp throughout our lifespans and ultimately changing behaviors to reduce future health care costs. Those strategies include:

  • Follow plant-based diets
  • Exercise (brisk walks that add up to 150 minutes a week)
  • Learn to play a new musical instrument and the music theory behind it
  • Master a foreign language over the course of a year
  • Read a book (paper, not digital) at least three-and-a-half hours a week

Other tips for those over the age of 65:

  • Teach young children
  • Stay socially active

Social interaction for senior citizens is critical. Memory studies conducted over a 12-year period found memory declines in lonely seniors at twice the rateof socially active seniors, he told Nashville attendees.  Furthermore, he said, the probability of death is 45 percent greater for lonely seniors. “Loneliness really hurts this population. It makes them sicker and kills them, in fact,” he said. “Socialization cures that.”

RISE National 2020 will take place June 29-30. Click here for the full agenda, list of speakers, and registration information.