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Use Brain Friendly Learning – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are you frustrated by training that creates short term interest but not long term change?

One of the most commonly cited models when discussing Learner engagement is the ‘Learning Pyramid’. Unfortunately, the origins of the research are unknown, however, instinctively, we all know that we learn very little from being lectured at, and much more from being involved. The challenge is to engage the Learner in a variety of ways. Appeal to all learning styles, and decide whether to adopt the ‘PART’ learning style (Pragmatist, Activist, Reflector, and Theorist) model or the ‘VKA’ (Visual, Kinaesthetic, and Auditory) model. Alternatively, you can appeal to the 5 senses of the brain (Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch).

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Keep in mind that engaging Learners is all about ‘mixing it up’ and going way beyond a simple PowerPoint presentation. By adding texture, variety, and interest, you will engage the Learner much more. A simple technique is to add a column next to your training plan and write one, or all of the models above. Then, using a checklist, see how many styles and senses are engaged during each session.

Darren A. Smith

About Darren A. Smith

Darren has been working in the world of UK Supermarkets and Suppliers for over 20 years. He began his career as a buyer at one of the big 4 UK supermarkets and after rising through the ranks he decided to leave after 13 years and set-up Making Business Matter. For the last 14 years he has run MBM, which is a training provider to the UK grocery industry. Helping suppliers to the big four supermarkets to develop the soft skills that will secure them more profitable wins.

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