They learn easily, see things quickly and find it easy to give their views and vision. They expect you to “get the picture.”
- Their inability to listen to an extended auditory presentation, or conversation.
- Their habit of giving their answers, to other people’s problems, before they fully understand the challenge.
- The speed with which they speak – this comes from the need to share “their picture” – in words. As pictures are formed immediately and words only come out one at a time, this slows down their ability to communicate – hence their need for verbal speed.
- Their impatience with long speeches from Auditory learners and the time taken by Kinesthetic learners – when answering a question.
- Demonstrating, showing or sharing with them through pictures, diagrams, maps and written instructions – with diagrams, graphics or pictures.
- Using landmarks, visual and picture words.
- Being concise and brief with your words, descriptions and conversations.
- Use emails with an opening overview paragraph – just like a newspaper column. In this way the auditory and visual learners can quickly see if it is relevant to them to go to the next paragraphs – for additional information. Attach pictures and graphics to the email. Refer to another source/ link for any additional information.
- Dressing smartly and by keeping your environment, workspace or home, tidy and clean. (If you are in a relationship, show them how much you love them, with flowers, dinner in a beautiful setting and always make sure that you look delectable!)
- Their inability to listen. They actually prefer the sound of their own voice and will try to take over the conversation.
- Their habit of giving their answers, to other people’s problems, before they have fully heard the challenge.
- They have a story with a moral – often very long – for most situations.
- They often repeat themselves.
- They love to impress with their grasp of language and will keep on talking as long as there is a listener (victim) to speak to.
- They disregard pictures and will get you to “tell” them, everything!
- Make sure that you do not try dominate the floor – tell them what you want to say and give them a time limit to give you their input, or feedback. (They will normally over run their allocated time anyway but there will at least be some time limitation to their “contribution.”)
- Give them something written or recorded for them to review in their own time.
- Use parables, quotations, stories and power words in your descriptions.
- Be prepared to listen.
- Use emails with an opening overview paragraph – just like a newspaper column. In this way the auditory and visual learners can quickly see if it is relevant to them to go to the next paragraphs – for additional information.
- The time that they take to come up with an answer to a question. This can put them under a lot of pressure. As they learn dominantly through doing and experience they refer to experiences for answers. This can take some time – and is very frustrating for visual and auditory learners. Visual learners normally pressure them for a “quick” answer and auditory learners will keep on repeating the question in different ways – until they get an answer!
- Their inability to speak up – or say “no”, when asked to perform a task or do a favour.
- Their habit of talking to people they are comfortable with about their problems with other people. This never resolves the issue.
- Make sure that you do not shout or embarrass them in any way. This will “hurt” them and they will not speak, participate or feel like working. (If we get our tone wrong – our highly kinesthetic 5 year old son says “You hurted my heart!” And then runs away and hides! This is equally true of Kinesthetic adults – they emotionally hide, when hurt.)
- Make sure you make them feel safe and good about themselves.
- Let them get hands on experience to ensure long term retention and skills development.
- Step by step games, plays and movement are keys to transferring knowledge.
- Be prepared to empathise.
- Use feeling words and warmth in chats and documents.
- Use emails with an opening overview paragraph – just like a newspaper column.
- A pat on the back or warm praise works well for Kinesthetic Learners. They must feel that you care and to feel safe. (If you are in a relationship, a hug works far better than flowers or love poems!)
- VK – the more visual – the faster the speech and the easier it is for the VK to communicate.
- KV – The more kinesthetic – the less likely they will speak up when “emotionally” injured. They will most often store their upsets – until they form the basis of an explosion. In the interim they may talk to people they trust and feel safe with. When they finally explode it will come out at loud and at high-speed. Once they have fully revealed their feelings, they will happily move on.
- AK – The more Auditory, the more easy it is for an AK to speak up. They will explain and explain the issues – to whosoever will listen – because their “story” runs around in their heads for a long time.
- KA – The more Kinesthetic the less easy it is for a KA to move on from a perceived or real emotional “injury.” They too will most often store their upsets – until they form the basis of an explosion. In the interim they may talk to as many people as they can – who they trust and feel safe with.
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