Learning Modalities Part 2

As promised last time, here is a follow-up post about Learning Modalities.

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Part 1 please click here to open it in a new tab of your browser.

Today’s post will make a lot more sense if you have the context from Part 1. In addition, you can take a brief quiz to give you an idea of your own preferred learning modality – Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic.

“Seeing, feeling, hearing, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.”

– Walt Whitman

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Learning Modalities

You might find it interesting to know that each of us has a unique preference for the way in which we like to receive, learn and internally represent new information and experiences.

This knowledge can be particularly helpful in relationships and in careers that involve educating, helping or motivating people (teachers and life coaches are two examples).

Before I explain any more about these different channels of learning and representation (commonly called ‘modalities’) – and so that you do not unfairly prejudge what I have to say – I would invite you to explore your own preferred learning modality.

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

– Confucius

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Respect for Diversity

Is there anyone who can say, with hand on heart, that they are not in awe of – or at the very least inspired by – the amazing diversity of scenery, climate, trees, plants, animals, fish and even insects that we are so privileged to be surrounded by on this beautiful planet of ours?

I have yet to come across such a person!

Why is it, then, that so many humans struggle to come to terms with the issue of diversity within our own species?

“It is not our differences that divide us.

It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lord

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Being a People Pleaser

Be honest. Are you a people pleaser?

There’s no reason to be shy in owning up to this practice as you would be one among very many.

And as we all know people pleasers are just the nicest of people. They will go out of their way to help – or meet what they perceive to be the demands or requirements – of others and to say what they think others would like to hear.

Viewed from the perspective of those whom they seek to please, nothing seems like too much trouble for them.

So people pleasers are good for the world and we need more of them, surely?

Actually, ‘No’!

“I can’t tell you the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

– Ed Sheeran

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The VAK Modalities

Each individual has a preferred way in which he or she likes to receive and learn new information and experiences.

There are three main modalities or channels by which human expression takes place and through which information is absorbed. We refer to them as the ‘VAK modalities’.

These modalities, or channels if you like, are the three senses, namely sight (Visual), hearing (Auditory) and touch or feeling (Kinaesthetic).

Most people tend to have a bias towards one of these three senses when it comes to interpreting new information and representing it in their minds. We refer to that sense as the individual’s ‘primary modality’.

“A great coach will know how to engage anyone, anytime, anywhere in an empowering conversation about themselves.”

– Yours truly

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Building Rapport

Building rapport with others is a fundamental skill required by anyone wishing to develop more effective and beneficial relationships.

And that pretty much means all of us!

Of course, this skill is a foundation requirement for any would-be life coach. After all, how can you help someone to be the best they can be if you struggle to build an open, caring and trusting relationship with them?

Rapport is a word that derives from the French word rapporter (which means to bring – or report – back). The ’t’ is therefore silent, with the word being pronounced ra-pawr.

At New Insights we place a heavy emphasis on the skill of building rapport in our coach training. On the face of it, it might seem to be a rather simple skill to master but in truth that’s not necessarily the case.

When you build trust, trust follows you.”

– Costas Voyatzis

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