We all learn in different ways. I know that I have to Listen to what the trainer/facilitator is saying in order to absorb the information. I have an Auditory preference.
A friend of mine needs to See pictures or diagrams, or any kind of visual representation of what is being taught in order to make sense of it. He has a Visual preference.
Others need to Feel what is going on – touching things, making things writing. They have a Kinaesthetic preference.
Not many people learn through taste or smell.
In order to enable our participants or learners to absorb information in the best possible way, we have to be aware as trainers and facilitators of these preferences.
So how do we do it?
We use different words. Language plays a large part in learning and absorbing information. One person will understand the phrase, “I see what you mean” and another would prefer “ I hear what you say”.
We can have exercises for our participants to do, these combine reading which is Visual as you read and Audio as you listen to the words in your head with Kinaesthetic as you get to do an exercise hands on.
We may draw on a whiteboard or flipchart using different coloured pens, or play music in the background or to welcome our participants.
And to appeal to those who need the smell and taste – we might just provide some chocolate!
What is your learning preference? Which way do you absorb information?
Leave me a comment to let me know. I love to hear from my readers.
About the Author:
Shelley Fishel, The IT Training Surgery
Shelley has more than a dozen years experience in helping people to get more from their computers. “Most things are pretty simple – but you don’t know what you don’t know. It’s very rewarding when you teach people how to do something in two or three clicks that they have previously taken hours to do. After all, who wants to spend their life slaving over a hot keyboard?”