Ways we learn and communicate

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Ways we learn and communicate
Brian V Moore , Business Consultant, South Africa

SImple understanding can lead to great relaitonships.

When we understand how we learn, na dhow others learn we can present better, teach better and build great relationships.
Learning Styles, Communication Styles and Relationships
How your learning style affects your relationships and how you can get better results, yourself and with others.
Now that we know that we have a unique learning style, it is important to note that - as a result of that style - we also have unique ways of interacting, communicating, listening and behaving.
This impacts our relationships and our ability to build relationships with others.
Dominantly Visual Learners
They learn easily, see things quickly and find it easy to give their views and vision. They expect you to “get the picture.”
Their challenges are:-
• Their inability to listen to an extended auditory presentation, or conversation.
• Their habit of giving their answers, to other people’s problems, before they fully understand the challenge.
• The speed with which they speak – this comes from the need to share “their picture” – in words. As pictures are formed immediately and words only come out one at a time, this slows down their ability to communicate – hence their need for verbal speed.
• Their impatience with long speeches from Auditory learners and the time taken by Kinesthetic learners – when answering a question.
What to do when communicating with a visual learner.
Keep their attention by:-
• Showing them pictures, diagrams, maps and written instructions – with diagrams, graphics or pictures.
• Using landmarks, visual and picture words.
• Being concise and brief with your words, deions and conversations.
• Use emails with an opening overview paragraph – just like a newspaper column. In this way the auditory and visual learners can quickly see if it is relevant to them to go to the next paragraphs - for additional information.
• Attach pictures and graphics to the email. Refer to another source/ link for any additional information.
• Dressing smartly and by keeping your environment, workspace or home, tidy and clean. (If you are in a relationship, show them how much you love them, with flowers, dinner in a beautiful setting and always make sure that you look delectable!)
Dominantly Auditory Learners
They understand fairly easily and simply love to tell their own view of the story – often before you have finished talking.
If they think that you don’t, or may not understand - they will tell you the same thing – in many different ways. They invariably start telling you everything - right at the beginning. Don’t stop them – they may start their story again!
Their challenges are:-
• Their inability to listen. They actually prefer the sound of their own voice and will try to take over the conversation.
• Their habit of giving their answers, to other people’s problems, before they have fully heard the challenge.
• They have a story with a moral – often very long – for most situations.
• They often repeat themselves.
• They love to impress with their grasp of language and will keep on talking as long as there is a listener (victim) to speak to.
• They disregard pictures and will get you to “tell” them, everything!

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