Leadership speaker, Peter Druker asserts that people learn better by either reading information or by listening to others.
Knowing which way you best process information is critical to success:
Readers tend to learn by reading information first, before they act (or move others to action). They assimilate the written word better than they would otherwise, hearing it out loud.
Readers prompted by vocal cues may miss key points, misunderstand context and proceed with trepidation because they don't grasp the message.
Listeners - grasp concepts best by hearing them presented out loud. Verbally consuming information helps them understand it better. Listeners may struggle with the written word, they may skip over important details and miss the overall message.
Leaders can help others understand important information by adjusting to their individual style of learning.
Druker asserts that you are always predominantly a listener or a reader. Instead of fighting this inborn tendency, embrace it as a strength.
How do you learn?
Leadership speaker Peter Druker suggests we learn by writing , reading or by speaking.
Writers don't learn by listening or reading, but by writing things down. Writers typically don't fair well in school because the traditional education system teaches through lecture and reading, not by writing.
Readers thrive on consuming the written word. When ideas are written, they make sense and flow. To enhance learning, readers can take notes from a lecture, so they can read and make sense of it later.
Some learn by Speaking, they need to present their ideas out loud to make sense of them.
Understanding how you learn is the easiest way to focus on your strengths. Do not try to change yourself, instead work to bringing out your strengths. Reinforce learning by taking the medium it is presented ( written, verbal, etc) and reinforce it with your own learning style.
Leaders can ask, what should I know about how you like to receive information? Next, adjust to their learning style.
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