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4 Ways to Adapt Your Teaching Styles

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Different learners pick things up at different speeds, so as a trainer, it's important to know how to adapt your teaching according to their needs. Try these techniques.


Assess learner background
Differences in people's experiences and abilities can affect how quickly they learn.



Consider your benefit to learners
Learners who have a strong purpose for learning tend to receive it better, so think about what they will gain from listening to you.


Tie learning to what people already know
Start with simple concepts people can already understand before proceeding to new and more difficult tasks to prevent them from getting overwhelmed.


Teach one thing at a time
If you teach learning step-by-step, in an orderly fashion, it will be easy to see what (if anything) is holding people up.

About the Author

Carrie Van Daele is president and CEO of Van Daele & Associates (www.leant3.com), which features her Train the Trainer System for trainers and subject matter experts. Her company was founded in 1996 as a training and development firm in the areas of train the trainer, continuous process improvements, and leadership. It is a Certified Woman-Owned Business. Carrie is the author of  50 One-Minute Tips for Trainers. She is also a public speaker and a featured writer for several publications and organizations, such as the Association for Talent Development,  Women of Achievement magazine,  Quality Digest magazine, and  FM & T magazine. Her degrees include an AA from Evangel Bible College, a BS from Indiana University, and an MSM from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

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