Here’s a simple test for all you Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Words With Friends players. Before you want to play, take 5, 10, 20 minutes to read or watch something in your “challenge zone.” The challenge zone is a topic you don’t know as much as you want to about, or about which you are developing your perspective. Science, global/emerging economies, market forces, sustainability, engineering, innovation…
Then, after indulging your brain, go on to play your game. What happens? Your performance dramatically improves. You are simply bringing more of your brain to the game. That neural warmup, so to speak, greases the skids to higher scores.
The same is true for big meetings and presentations, marketing strategy development and innovation. When you activate your brain to not only take in information, you change your ability to convey your skills into meaningful results (beyond conquering Angry Birds Space).
Just give it a try and let me know your results. -c-