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Recently I gave a talk at a local business networking meeting about how learning styles can change over time and gave personal examples of how my initial preferences for theory and reflection have changed to take in more activist and pragmatist styles. I explained how this had happened with respect to new hobbies I had developed over the last few years. These included Scuba diving, dinghy sailing and more lately, yacht sailing; things I would never have contemplated in my younger years for fear of looking stupid if I made a mistake. I described my journey and realisation that for more practical subjects, reading a book wasn’t sufficient – you actually had to have a go at mooring the boat to experience the effects of tricky wind and tide conditions.
A couple of weeks after the talk, one of the attendees came up to me and said that she would never have guessed that I was interested in sailing. She said, “You don’t look like someone who would do that.” It got me thinking – how do you guess what someone is interested in? And furthermore it emphasised how dangerous making assumptions can be. After all, we know that making snap judgments about someone as part of an interviewing process is never a good idea – but as humans we often make assumptions. My challenge to you is therefore, make sure that you find out about the people you interact with; listen actively to what they say and you’ll learn a lot more about what motivates and interests them. I think you’ll be surprised!
If you want to know more about learning styles; active listening; challenging assumptions; or just want to chat about sailing, then please get in touch.
Posted on 22 Feb 2017