It can be frustrating when you try and teach someone something, and they don’t seem to get it, they don’t seem to learn it.

So what’s going wrong?

Think back to what you have learned. How did you learn?
In a classroom?
By trial and error?
From talking with a colleague?
How?

Of the different ways you have learned things, which was easiest, and which way really made the learning stick?

Next time you need to teach someone on your team how to do something, how do you think you should help them learn it?

There is a great quote from an Australian writer, Patrick White. “I can’t remember what I was taught, I just remember what I’ve learnt.”

Ultimately the people you are trying to teach are in charge of what they learn. You can’t force learning. All you can do is generate situations and information flow that motivate them to learn, and assist them to learn.

By the way, you might also ask them how they prefer to learn 🙂

Here are some tips on how to make learning easy and enjoyable, for you, and your team.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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