You don’t stop learning when you leave school. If you work in a knowledge-based industry such as information technology, marketing, engineering, education or any one of thousands of other sectors, you and your team are required to assimilate and integrate new knowledge every day. That’s learning.
The nature of these industries is such that whenever someone is giving a presentation, hosting a meeting, coaching a new employee or just explaining a new project, they’re taking on the role of an educator. As such, people in these industries need to understand how best to get their meaning across, otherwise they risk blunting their effectiveness in their roles.
To help you better communicate with your colleagues, Roundee has put together this short blog, giving you some tips and tricks on communicating with visual, auditory and tactile learners.
Being heard, not seen – auditory learners
Auditory learners may seem like the simplest form of learner to reach – after all, most people can talk and hear, right? – but they pose their own challenges. Defined by a preference for listening and speaking as a way of learning, auditory listeners often aren’t satisfied with a simple explanation or a short email. This is because auditory doesn’t just mean hearing, but speaking too.
Auditory learners can’t be fobbed off with a simple recording of you explaining an issue – they need to talk themselves through it too. For complex issues, expect an auditory learner to have a wealth of questions and want to take the time to discuss the concept in detail, working collaboratively with you to ensure they can fully explain the project, problem or matter to themselves before declaring they understand it.
Seeing the bigger picture – visual learners
Visual learners are frequently defined as a group who process information by translating words into images in their minds, and vice versa. They learn, teach and understand the world via the medium of images, utilizing charts, graphs, diagrams and maps to ground their knowledge in something less abstract than words.
Working with visual learners doesn’t mean presenting everything as a diagram – after all, there are some things that simply can’t be graphed. However, it does mean looking for opportunities to support your conclusions and vital points with illustrative, clear and insightful images where appropriate. This requires an understanding of how to create these images yourself, and the tools required to do so. Making decisions such as choosing a video conferencing platform with a built-in whiteboard feature allows a simple, one-click way to create images in real time to accompany complex ideas, aiding in retention and understanding.
Learning by doing – tactile learners
These are students who fundamentally disagree with the old adage ‘do as I say, not as I do’. Tactile learners learn best when they are presented with the opportunity to practice, practice, practice at something until they get it right.
Obviously, this can be difficult when we’re talking about some fields such as electrical engineering or IT where the risk of expensive losses is high. However, choosing the right educational tools and simulations can go a long way to both meeting the needs of tactile learners while not requiring an over-commitment of time or resources on the part of the educator or organization.
If you’re looking to better communicate with your team – whether it be verbally or visually – consider bringing Roundee into your organization. Sign up today for free and host your first meeting.
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