Learning styles and information preferences

It is possible to be a quiet activist and a noisy reflector. These categories do not allow you to denote the degree of emotional involvement you have as a learner. Neither do they distinguish between the absolutely key variations in the way you take in data: through your eyes and your ears and by using your body, which we explored earlier in this chapter. So, for example, you can be a theorist with a strongly developed preference for taking in information visually or auditorily.

To keep it simple, I suggest that a combination of two words, one from each of the following groups, will give you a more complete description of yourself as a learner.

Eyes or visual Ears or auditory Body or kinesthetic/physical

Activist Reflector Theorist Pragmatist

= Learning style

Thus, there are 12 different possible combinations: visual/reflector, auditory/pragmatist, etc. Once you recognize these simple descriptions of different styles, work will never be the same again. You will suddenly be much better equipped to predict the ways in which your colleagues will react to certain situations and act accordingly.

When you are consciously aware of your preferred learning style, you can take steps to develop those areas that you do not instinctively prefer. You also become more aware of how and where you would ideally like to take in and process information. If you are facilitating a session or giving a presentation, you can make sure you don't stick rigidly to your own preferred learning style and run the risk of failing to hit most of your audience! If you are really interested, then you can also work out your Hermann Brain Dominance™ and Myers-Briggs™ profiles to give you additional information.

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