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Chapter 3. Learner and Facilitator > Who’s What Kind of Learner?

Who’s What Kind of Learner?

As a facilitator, you will want to recognize the five different learning styles and address all the learners’ needs. A quick way to tentatively identify these styles is through the learners’ choices of words and behaviors. Table 3-2 provides a brief summary of verbal cues and learner behavior to help you recognize these styles.

Table 3-2. Recognizing learning styles.
RoleVerbal CueLearner Behavior
AchieverTells, does little asking

Blunt, to the point

Asks for clear directions

Asks for clear, concise answers

Asks for application to the job
Does lots of talking

Takes charge, likes to be leader

Follows the participant guide, in order

Demonstrates little patience for non-task-related activities
EvaluatorAsks for data, facts, sources

Focused comments on the topic

Little personal sharing

Wants the details
Task oriented

Follows directions

Challenges others’ expertise

Develops steps to accomplish activities
NetworkerAsks many questions

Does little telling

Vocalizes support for others’ opinions

Seeks attention and feedback
Engages in effective listening

Seeks collaboration and consensus

Reserves personal opinions

Avoids conflict

Develops close relationships

Builds trust
SocializerShares experiences

Tells stories

Digresses and gets off the subject

Readily expresses personal opinion

Talks a lot

Uses language of persuasion
Makes quick, spontaneous decisions without all the information

Gets multiple perspectives

Has fun

Loves group activities and discussions
ObserverLikes to conceptualize, “what if” discussions

Asks questions or makes comments off the direct subject

Makes “what about this” statements

Makes future application to discussions
Provides several alternatives to a problem or situation

Easily gets off the subject

Wants fuller discussion on the idea

Not concerned with the concrete application of the ideas
Reprinted with permission from Performance Advantage Group, 2003.



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