ENGAGING PARTICIPANTS’ BRAINS in TRAINING

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One way to aid information processing is to incorporate challenges, novelty, and creativity into training. Instructors should create comfortable environments that promote learning and build variety into the program design. A helpful approach involves tapping into participants’ current knowledge and making materials learner-centered. After presenting key information, instructors should give learners time to process it. Incorporating music into the classroom can improve information retention. Trainers should consider using teasers to stimulate curiosity, employ movement effectively, and create content that is flexible. They should address the three main learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (learning through touch and movement). Creative instructors teach to the senses and capture learners’ attention with novelties like magic tricks.

Based on Lucas’ experience, he relates 22 ways to engage participants with different learning modality preferences:

Strategies for Visual Learners 

  • Animate visual presentations.
  • Quote memorable sources.
  • Add color to course materials.
  • Make materials visual.
  • Demonstrate something.
  • Create flash cards.
  • Design mind maps (a graphic showing how concepts fit together).
  • Use photos.
  • Incorporate video clips.

Strategies for Auditory Learners 

  • Invite an outside expert to speak.
  • Use group musical activities.
  • Reinforce key points with recorded information and music.
  • Use memory aids like acronyms, rhymes, and acrostics.
  • Provide verbal instructions.

Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners 

  • Incorporate games and other action exercises into the course.
  • Use fun and novelty.
  • Include interactive strategies.
  • Develop activities that require sorting and decision-making.
  • Use different props.
  • Use role play.
  • Find activities that mimic real-world situations.
  • Invite learners to stretch and move.

Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner has published research on eight intelligences he attributes to humans. Lucas identifies classroom strategies for tapping into these different skill sets:

1. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence. Incorporate physical activities into training to engage the brain and stimulate learning.

2. Interpersonal Intelligence. Use activities that improve bonds between learners and expand their resource networks.

3. Intrapersonal Intelligence. Include self-assessment activities and journaling to help learners who are more introverted.

4. Linguistic Intelligence. Encourage participants to take notes, analyze, discuss, and present their thoughts about the training topics.

5. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence. To engage these learners, use problem solving and decision-making activities.

6. Musical Intelligence. Suggest that participants work on a musical skit based on training topics.

7. Naturalist Intelligence. Encourage participants to explore the natural environment, perhaps through a scavenger hunt.

8. Spatial Intelligence. Use visualization activities for learners with this intelligence.

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About anubhamauryawalia

Anubha, a Trainer, Facilitator & OD&L Professional is a prolific Human Process Interventionist, created PRISM Philosophy, ( Prepare. Respect. Implement. Share. Maintain) carries 18 years of rich experience have worked with top of the line blue chip organizations like Honeywell, ICICI Bank, Moody ICL Certification were she was heading ODL, Trainings & Quality verticals. Her areas of expertise include human process intervention, Organisation Development, Change engagement Learning, Team building, POSH and Quality implementation. She is Consultant as Change Engagement & Learning for OD and delivers corporate training programs at national and international platform and First lady from India doing research on FOLLOWERSHIP. She is the Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their apprehension. Her work involves direct observation, real time feedback, experiential learning and coaching following Andragogy principles. Self-directed and self-motivated, Charismatic and persuasive, with the ability to rely on logic and facts to support her positions. In times of pressure, tend to be objective in her approach and direct in her communication. Naturally, optimistic, you seek out the possibilities in life. Her creativity and ability to solve problems are some of her greatest strengths. This paired with drive, vision, and methodical approach allows her to create new opportunities, keeping her experiences fresh and exciting. Preferring to develop new ideas rather than maintaining systems already in place. Bold person, whose character is marked by originality, expressiveness, generosity, determination, and a keen eye for details Natural born communicator and an adept social navigator, often others will sit by, engage new people or invite others in to make them feel at home. With a talent for creative reasoning and big picture thinking, she is a great innovator and are typically seen this way by others. Her energy and forward thinking can generate a team-oriented environment, helping to accomplish goals by motivating others, while creating an atmosphere that is fun and exciting.

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