Building better brains is a personal, economic and social necessity in our ageing world. Janis is a social anthropologist and brain building enthusiast well known in the field of mind development and effective thinking. She is theoretically retired.
She arrived in NZ in 1985 and continued over 30 years of conference speaking and facilitating workshops for corporate groups. During this time, she worked as a consultant in London, Australia and NZ and took the opportunity to get experience as a senior manager in Fletcher Challenge, employing 60,000 people world-wide at the time.
Leaving corporate life, she started Herrmann International NZ after many years association with the Global brain dominance profiling company. In 2007 she was forced to retire with a benign brain tumour. Janis knows that we can build our own brains as we age because she is one of the few people who had the opportunity to practice these techniques on her own brain when she needed to rebuild the damage.
Today, she calls herself a curator and translator of researched information about the ageing brain. She translates complicated neuro research findings into practical every day common sense things that we can all practice.
Calling herself a ‘Wiring Warrior’ she speaks, coaches and writes about the need to build better brains as we age. She has published a flip book A Wiring Warriors Guide to Brain Basics. In 2020 she also published the book Sleep Well to Live Well when she realised how important sleep was to the ageing brain and wanted to offer the techniques she had discovered for getting a good night’s kip. Both are available on her website. Her free, irregular newsletter Younger and Wiser is subscribed to across the world and by medical specialists wanting to stay up to date.
Janis lives in a sustainable lifestyle north of Auckland on four acres with her husband John, dog Monty and a couple of hens. Their Kingfisher Cottage business sells trees, plants and coloured veg. She also contributes to her local community through the Mahurangi Caring Community group and by organising Locals’ lunches every month.