Everyone does not learn the same way. When people receive information in ways they most easily relate to, they’re likely to become more productive and feel more respected.
Understanding your style and the style of the people you interact with makes for more effective and productive relationships.
How people interpret your communications and how effectively you communicate with others will allow you to absorb new information in different ways.
Some people are Visual, some are Auditory and others are Kinesthetic.
Visual people have a preference for seeing and observing. They will learn new things when it is presented in pictures, diagrams, displays, or ﬂip-charts. Their understanding is best ‘seen’ in pictures. They are best able to perform a new task by watching someone else do it. They are very quick thinkers and they speak quickly as well.
Concerned about their appearance, they are oriented to their visual first impressions. They use phrases such as “Show me.” “Picture this!” “I see what you mean” or “Let me show you a roadmap of where we’re going”.
Auditory people listen to how things sound. They love words, numbers and data. They have a preference for information delivered so they can hear it.
That have a preference for words, sounds and noises. They are best able to perform a new tasks after listening to instructions or reading the words in the manual. They retain information by being given spoken instructions over the phone, and can actually remember all the words to songs that they hear! They use phrases such as “Let’s discuss this” “Tell me what you want” “I need to read this.” or “I hear what you’re saying”. When you present them visual solutions, they have problems understanding the information.
Kinesthetic people learn new things through feelings, connection and touch. They have a preference for the physical experience — holding, doing, practical hands-on experiences. They learn new things is to experience or try by them first and asking questions later. They prefer to learn as they go.
They use phrases such as “Let me try” “How do you feel?” “She stabbed me in the back” or “I’m going with my gut on this”. They like to experiment; they are very hands-on. Rarely will they look at the instructions.