Labels are tough for me. I know that people are very complex and that we shouldn’t put them into a box. People learn and change and are shaped by experiences, books, other people, etc. Still, I do love having a way to organize people into nice, neat categories. In last month’s article, I even labeled myself as an introvert. The reason that label can be a little tricky is that sometimes I behave like an extrovert and the label just doesn’t work. However, if I have been acting like an extrovert, I was probably out of my comfort zone.
Here come the labels.
People often learn best when they receive the information in a particular way. These are known as learning styles, and most people are dominant in one style: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Why should you care about learning styles? Lots of reasons. On a personal level, knowing your own learning style can help you make great choices for your own learning. I am an auditory learner so I LOVE podcasts and audiobooks. I take in information best by listening and speaking. I work through problems by talking through them. For some of you, being aware of the various learning styles will also be helpful to you as you coach your customers and team members. And if you are presenting information to a group or helping your child with homework, understanding how people learn can be immensely helpful.