Adult Learning Principles

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Did you know that adults have special needs as learners? Times have changed, and teachers are more aware of learning styles now, and other issues that affect children's learning. But the principles of adult learning are still pretty new to most people. Adult Learning Principles Adult Learning Principles series Communication Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Training

Adult Learning Principles, Part 1: Background

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This is part 1 of my series of posts on adult learning principles and how speakers can apply these principles when working with adults. Malcolm Knowles is considered the "father of adult learning", although the topic had been discussed and researched over a century earlier. In his book, The Modern Practice of Adult Education: From Pedagogy to Andragogy , Knowles opposes the view that adults are unable to learn: ".the

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Adult Learning Principles, Part 4: Relevancy

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Adult learning principle #3: Adults need relevancy in learning. It's important to adults that they are learning something relevant and applicable to real life, whether it's work-related or personal. Here's how to make learning relevant to your audience. Identify learning objectives and ask participants to share their goals.

Adult Learning Principles, Part 2: Autonomy

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And now for our first adult learning principle : Adults are autonomous and self-directed Adults want to decide for themselves what, when, how and why to learn. Speakers/instructors should allow adults to direct some of their own learning. Here are some ways to facilitate this: * Ask your participants what they already know about your topic and what they're interested in learning. Allow them to be responsible for their own learning. *

Adult Learning Principles, Part 6: Sensitive Egos

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Adult learning principle #5: Adult learners have sensitive egos Many of us, over the course of a lifetime, have developed a fear of appearing stupid or incompetent. As children, we were encouraged to explore, ask questions and learn about the world, but somewhere along the way, that was taken away from us. Many adults have mixed feelings about teachers, school, and structured learning.

Adult Learning Principles, Part 5: Motivations & Barriers

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Adult learning principle #4: Adults are motivated to learn by both external and internal factors When we were kids, many of us were not motivated to learn by anything other than our parents' and teachers' rewards and punishments. Understanding the motivations and barriers your participants face can help you as an instructor pinpoint how best to serve them, by increasing their motivation for learning.

Adult Learning Principles, Part 7: Problem-Oriented

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Today's post is the last in the Adult Learning Principles series. There's so much more information out there, but I just wanted to give a basic overview that can help any speaker, instructor or facilitator make a better connection with and create a better learning environment for your audience. At its most basic level, adult learning tends to be self-directed and based on the person's individual needs and life experiences.

The slide's the limit

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Or, to say it another way, people learn better with a multimedia approach as opposed to just viewing text. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Adult Learning Principles PowerPoint CommunicationDownload audio here.

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The slide's the limit

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Or, to say it another way, people learn better with a multimedia approach as opposed to just viewing text. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Adult Learning Principles PowerPoint Communication Download audio here.

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Images are not fluff

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Cliff Atkinson's book, Beyond Bullet Points Garr Reynolds' book, Presentation Zen And let me remind you that the best way to help your audience retain information is to serve as many learning styles as you can. The way we learn as children is still valid once we're adults.

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Move your audience to stimulate their learning

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Check out " Exercise -- Brain Rule #1 ," (no direct link to the video, but they're all listed on the page) for some thoughts on why the typical classroom and work environments are not conducive to learning or productivity and some fun ideas to turn that around.

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Make your presentation instantly successful

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Cognitive load -- and overload

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Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Research Adult Learning Principles Resources PowerPointGetting back into the swing of things today! It's nice to be home.

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Six ways to improve the training environment

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If the training environment is not conducive to learning, you're going to work twice as hard to make an impact. There are many creative ways of integrating new hires, by connecting them with mentors or by giving them self-directed learning activities, for example.

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Audience participation ideas

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For wrapping up at the end, you might hand out cards or pieces of paper with one-word concepts on them (I use "fear," "voice," "passion," "rules" and others related to public speaking), and ask participants to share something they've learned or will pursue regarding that concept.

3 ways to avoid being the center of attention

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Ask the audience a lot of questions so they can share their knowledge and expertise and contribute to the learning of the group. Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Adult Learning Principles

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Tough topics, tough audiences

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Gimme a break, part 2

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A life coach could present Effective Strategies to Build Business Relationships. In addition to trade associations, consider teaching at your local adult learning centers and community education programs. Here are the steps to getting on the speaking circuit: 1) Write a brief and interesting description of your presentation and what attendees will learn. If the audience likes what you have to say, they will want to learn more about you and your business.

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Dean Shareski says: The more I’m allowed to interact and play with the content the more engaged and ultimately the more learning happens. It is a skill to be learned, tempered, and used when most appropriate and productive. Entertainment to informed to learning spectrum.