Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 29 2015

5 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

by Carolyn Clark

We spend an insane amount of time online. From phones to tablets to laptops, our fingers are constantly entering searches, and our eyeballs are following wherever the path leads. Recent research suggests the average adult spends more than 20 hours online each week. For most of us, that time includes plenty of visits to Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and a range of other URLs that aren’t exactly exercising our brains. If you’re looking for some destinations to fuel your ongoing learning, here are five websites that will improve your personal ROI (Return On Internet).

1) Mental Floss

From expanding your vocabulary to testing your geographical knowledge, this site offers a range of fun quizzes and brainteasers.

2) TED Talks

Physicists, philanthropists, neurosurgeons, entrepreneurs and more — the cast of speakers who offer glimpses into their own brains will make you laugh, cry and reimagine the way you see the world. Be sure to check out “5 Ted Talks To Inspire Every Meeting Professional.”

3) BBC Languages

Your organization may be based in one country, but your audience is not confined by borders. Whether you’re considering planning a meeting in a new destination or aiming to welcome attendees from new markets, it’s crucial that you speak their language. This site offers a range of free tutorials in 40 languages.

4) Brain Pickings

Consider some of these titles: “How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of Interbeing”, “The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease” and “Why Religion Exists and What ‘The Good Life’ Really Means.” This site will stretch your philosophical perspective and give you some profound quotes to remember each day when you wake up.

5) Brain Pump

Tired of reading? This site delivers relief with videos that cover everything from how hot dogs are made (gross) to the science of persuasion.

Don’t have time to dig into a new website today? Check out “3 Quotes About Creativity You Should Pass On To Your Team” for some short-term smarts.

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