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Compelling Images for your box

We have our lesson plan.

We have built out our boxes.

Now let's fill them with stuff!



In almost every profession which would use this platform, the professional has a way they typically work, lesson one, two, three, etc… not perfectly ordered every time, but you get the idea.


When it comes to providing resources after a session, it looks MUCH different. For those already sending follow-up resources, it will often be a YouTube link (which is fine if your client doesn’t have ADHD), or some other collection of links.


There was a full draft regarding learn-types as proposed by Neil Fleming, before the writing of this post. It was in-depth and pulled greatly from personal experience. However, it appears to be misguided, so this is the best guidance from bad advice kind of post.


Flemming proposed people have four basic learning modes, Visual, Aural, Read/Write, Kinesthetic. He also proposed people would have a preference for one over the other. However, no study has been well-enough done to draw a solid conclusion about its effectiveness, but the fuzzy line suggests learning preferences make no difference. The studies show that people who focus on their preferred learning style appear to perform the same as those who do not. But that doesn't mean he was completely incorrect.


While learning preferences can't be linked directly to performance success probability, having a variety of resources available will improve the likelihood that your clients engage with your material at all. If you are working with a client who writes down everything during a session and never looks at you, and the only thing you have in your box is a video without explanation, you can bet your client will find it hard to work through the material.


With that, let's get down to it and figure out what to put in your box!


We are going to start with images and move outward from there.

Images.


Pictures are more than just "gas fees". The point of the image is to elicit an emotional response to the material. It is a quite well-documented fact that emotion has very strong ties to processing and long-term retention of information. The images you include should be relevant to the material of course, but they also don't have to be a simple diagram.

For example:

 

An interesting fact about blue eyes is that they are more sensitive to sunlight. Sunglasses are way more important for a person with blue eyes than brown ones, as they are more easily damaged by UV rays.


 

Did you know that people are more creative in the shower? It's true, creativity will peak during this time because of the dopamine flow that happens when a person is warm. Maybe that's one reason people like to sing in the shower.


 

Which random fact stood out more? The shower one. The image was more emotionally charged. Notice though, the image wasn't actually of the shower, or creativity for that matter. It was adjacent to the subject.


Trying to find the right image though can be challenging, especially since we can't all pay for a premium image subscription service. We've found a few that can be super helpful as well as a free image editor that's pretty simple to use: Unsplash and Pexels have the best selection of truly free images.

PixlrX is a great free editor with pretty good functionality for free software.


Let's see some emotion-invoking images in those boxes!

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