Most trainers understand that learners are diverse and bring different learning style preferences to a course or workshop. This means that one size will never fit all.
Trainers have learning styles too and there is a tendency to use them as an excuse; “I’m an Activist so I work best with learners who are also Activist. That’s just the way I am”.
We all know that learners vary enormously in how they learn, some participants:
- Talk a lot while others are quiet
- Ask questions while others hold back
- Find the course too slow while others find it too fast
- Volunteer to present in general sessions while others steer well clear of the limelight
- Read the handouts provided while others don’t
- Are keen to get involved in exercises and have a go while others prefer to observe
- Like to be told while others like to work things out for themselves
- Are constantly distracted by messages and calls on mobile phones while others stay focused
Many rarely adjust their training style to suit their needs. It is much easier to press on with whatever we are happiest with and blame learners who fail to benefit. The key to becoming more adaptable is explored in the Trainer Styles Questionnaire Trainer Styles Questionnaire.
Benefits of knowing your Trainer Style:
- Makes you aware of your own learning style and how this spills over into their training style
- Helps you self-assess your training style(s) and broaden your repertoire
- Makes you understand how your style affects your choice of methods and your behaviour as a trainer
- Helps you modify your styles to accommodate learners with different learning styles
How the questionnaire works:
- The questionnaire takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete on line
- You get your results within seconds of submitting your completed questionnaire
- Recieve plenty of practical advice to help you become a more effective (an even more effective) trainer