Last Updated Nov 14, 2008 9:54 AM EST
Honey and Mumford outlines four different styles of learning
- Activists, who are described as 'have-a-go' learners.
- Reflectors, who are 'tell-me' learners.
- Theorists, who are 'convince-me' learners.
- Pragmatists, who are 'show-me' learners.
- Break the formula... Both trainers and learners should be prepared to get out of their comfort zone. Buoyant trainers faced with an introverted, reflective group will need to curb their energy to avoid overpowering them. A gung-ho group, on the other hand, will want to get stuck in and may switch off if a trainer starts with too much theory.
- Sometimes you have to get stuck in... Consider the nature of what's being taught. Some learning needs to be hands on, rather than observational. No matter how many times you read a recipe or watch Jamie Oliver cook a dish, only once you go through the experience of handling the ingredients, adjusting the temperature and adding the seasoning and spices do you learn how to cook it.
- This may hurt a bit... At some point in our career, most of us will be sent on a presentation course, a tortuous experience of being videotaped and standing up in front of a room of people and stumbling through the learning process. As painful as this may be this is the best way to learn how to present -- in front of an audience, full of self-awareness, but just doing it.