I hope you had a great weekend!
I have been emailing you weekly with the A to Z’s of Success of the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders and looking at one letter each week and last week’s Thought for the Week was “K is for Knowledge” – I hope you found it of value.
So, this week is all about “L for LEARNING” and of course with the work I have been doing for the past 30 years, I am seen to be an expert in this area.
I wonder what Confucius would have to say about ‘Learning’?
Well, it goes without saying that the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders are proactive learners.
We all experience our own “Learning Curve” in different ways and we prefer to learn through different modes.
Personally, I learn best through experiencing things and I also have a strong visual preference and if I see something written down or in a diagram, I recall it easily.
My clients vary in the way they learn and it is important for me to recognise their individual styles and preferences so that we can make real progress in our work together.
Many of you will know about “NLP” – Neuro Linguistic Programming – for those who are unfamiliar …NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do.
NLP provides people with a methodology to model outstanding performances achieved by geniuses and leaders in their field. NLP is also used for personal development and for success in business.
A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us.
You can read more about NLP here vis the NLP Academy in the UK: https://www.nlpacademy.co.uk/what_is_nlp/
A couple of years ago, I refreshed my teaching skills and so much is included now for teachers around different learning styles, inclusion, diversity etc. and for those of you who are parents, you will know how much learning has evolved since your own school days!
There are currently seven learning styles: –
- Visual (spatial) Learner – prefers learning by observing things.
- Aural (auditory) Learner – normally learns best through verbal presentations like lectures and speeches.
- Verbal (linguistic) Learner – prefers using words, both in speech and writing
- Physical (kinesthetic) Learner – getting hands-on is a must for these learners who love to tinker and learn best when they can do rather than see or hear.
- Logical (mathematical) Learner – if there is logic, reasoning and numbers involved, these learners are sure to excel.
- Social (interpersonal) Learner – enjoys learning in groups and collaborating with others.
- Solitary (intrapersonal) Learner – prefers to use self-study and work alone.
So, for those of you who dislike slides in presentations, e.g., “Death by Power Point”, you are probably not so much a visual learner.
And if you don’t see the point of music or audio, that’s there for the aural learners.
By the way, the reason I don’t usually send images in emails is because they can get blocked by email servers.
What is your preferred learning style?
And if you employ people, what are their learning styles?
If you are struggling to communicate in certain areas with your team, I invite you to give this some thought and how you can give directions or present in a different way that will be better received and understood.
How do you know how people learn? This is a huge subject in itself!
However, there are clues such as the words they use. For instance;
- “I see what you mean” could indicate they are a visual learner.
- “I feel I need that” could indicate they are more of a physical / kinesthetic learner.
- “I hear what you’re saying!” – perhaps they are more of an aural learner.
You get the gist!
Here’s a great quote from Benjamin Franklin …
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Here’s another …
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
– Albert Einstein –
And Confucius says …
“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”
Personally, Mondays are my day to “Sharpen my saw”! For those of you who have read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Successful People”, you will get this. I read, I watch webinars, and I love to participate and experience things in groups.
I have learned so much from the mistakes I have made along the way too and for me, there is REAL learning in acknowledging our mistakes and how much we have learned from them.
… and I am sure that Confucius would have something to say about that too!
If you haven’t already, I invite you to book your FREE CLARITY SESSION with me HERE and we can meet via Zoom or Skype.
Have a great week!
With very best wishes for your success.