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4 Different Types of Learners: Which Are You and How to Learn Easier?
1 - Visual (spatial)
2 - Aural (auditory-musical)
3 - Verbal (linguistic)
4 - Kinesthetic

When you are mentoring or coaching your team do you take in consideration this characteristics of each team member?
Do you spent time analysing each of your team members to leverage their potential according their specificities?
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Hello Alexandre: I appreciate you starting this thread because how we learn - how our teams learn is so important to know for so many reasons. I try to take this into consideration whenever I am connected with a new team and add it to my communication plan. I also determine their "most productive" time of day and best time of day for meetings and decision making. Doing this has proven very helpful.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 11, 2020 4:10 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Lori,

I appreciate your contribution, I agree 100% with you when you seek to find the productive time of your team members, that is very important, for example, to me is the morning time until lunch.

Alexandre.
Dear Alexandre
Interesting your question

How will kinesthetics learn? (writing or modeling)

I recognize my style.
I am auditory and kinesthetic
When I have to memorize, I write and say it out loud :-)
I learn a lot interacting, exchanging opinions, listening

I try to recognize in the people I work with their styles
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 11, 2020 4:07 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

A kinesthetic learner learns by doing, which is another type of learner. If you find yourself restless in a classroom or lecture theatre it is likely that this is the learning style that you fit into.

Alexandre
Feb 11, 2020 3:57 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Interesting your question

How will kinesthetics learn? (writing or modeling)

I recognize my style.
I am auditory and kinesthetic
When I have to memorize, I write and say it out loud :-)
I learn a lot interacting, exchanging opinions, listening

I try to recognize in the people I work with their styles
Dear Luis,

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

A kinesthetic learner learns by doing, which is another type of learner. If you find yourself restless in a classroom or lecture theatre it is likely that this is the learning style that you fit into.

Alexandre
Feb 11, 2020 3:48 PM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hello Alexandre: I appreciate you starting this thread because how we learn - how our teams learn is so important to know for so many reasons. I try to take this into consideration whenever I am connected with a new team and add it to my communication plan. I also determine their "most productive" time of day and best time of day for meetings and decision making. Doing this has proven very helpful.
Lori,

I appreciate your contribution, I agree 100% with you when you seek to find the productive time of your team members, that is very important, for example, to me is the morning time until lunch.

Alexandre.
I think I'm a kinesthetic learner or tactile learning, because I learn better doing activities, and also a visual learner, watching videos or demonstrations. Understanding the type of learn of each member of the team is very important to ensure the success of team development.
I had taken several questionnaires to determine if I was right or left brain dominant, auditory or visual dominant, and all came out about neutral on all of them. When I took one that included kinesthetic learning, I realized that was by far my dominant learning style. I play with things, experiment, see what moves the needle, and how to replicate those results.

As a PM, leading from that perspective can be tricky. The way you learned isn't the same way everyone else does so you still have to somehow explain why what you found makes sense. It's impractical to say, "Try it yourself and show me why I'm wrong." You have to make your case to people who don't do the work they're leading.
Hi, everyone!

I think the only way to realy learn smth is to practice with it. Because during the practic task you mobilize all your resourses and senses. All yor reading, listening and touch abilities.

Maybe it is included in Kinesthetic style. So i choose this one.
Dear Alexandre,

You left out one important type of learner and that is learning by doing. Some people would be called 'hands on' or getting their 'hands dirty. From the above list, I would said the vast majority of people would use all these approaches to learning and this may change and increase over the course of their career. However if there is one approach that you increasingly rely on over another, I would say visual approach as seeing is knowing. For me a 'picture is a thousand words' as if someone tries to describe something in great detail I will try to visualize in my head what exactly they are talking about in order to understand the point that they are trying to make. This is more relevant in network schematics and diagrams when referring to IT infrastructure. IT infrastructure is normally planned and managed using visual concepts as to describe it in high level detail a network architecture can be difficult to approach and understand. As for the other approaches in your list I would say on a daily basis, personal interaction means you are also catering for other peoples approach to learning.

Daire
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Feb 12, 2020 10:45 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Dear Guiney,

If you read careful will see that i did not left anything :

A kinesthetic learner learns by doing, which is another type of learner. If you find yourself restless in a classroom or lecture theatre it is likely that this is the learning style that you fit into.

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

Alexandre
Feb 12, 2020 6:02 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Alexandre,

You left out one important type of learner and that is learning by doing. Some people would be called 'hands on' or getting their 'hands dirty. From the above list, I would said the vast majority of people would use all these approaches to learning and this may change and increase over the course of their career. However if there is one approach that you increasingly rely on over another, I would say visual approach as seeing is knowing. For me a 'picture is a thousand words' as if someone tries to describe something in great detail I will try to visualize in my head what exactly they are talking about in order to understand the point that they are trying to make. This is more relevant in network schematics and diagrams when referring to IT infrastructure. IT infrastructure is normally planned and managed using visual concepts as to describe it in high level detail a network architecture can be difficult to approach and understand. As for the other approaches in your list I would say on a daily basis, personal interaction means you are also catering for other peoples approach to learning.

Daire
Dear Guiney,

If you read careful will see that i did not left anything :

A kinesthetic learner learns by doing, which is another type of learner. If you find yourself restless in a classroom or lecture theatre it is likely that this is the learning style that you fit into.

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

Alexandre

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