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Four Ways to Adapt Your Teaching Styles

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.

1

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

2

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.

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3

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.

4

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.

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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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