I use a variety of learning methodologies that compliment differing learner styles. Most importantly, I believe in keeping things simple as I firmly believe that such an approach facilitates effective learning. I’m passionate that teaching cannot be just about the relaying of information. Learning needs to be student centred, promoting critical thinking skills.
To resonate with learners, I believe in applying David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle within my delivery so that it has a practical underpinning. The active involvement of the learner advocates good understanding and later application. When circumstances demand that I use methodologies traditionally regarded as didactic, these sessions should be interactive prompting opinion and debate.
As much as possible I strive to include the learners own research and presentations within the training. Case study learning and active practical application of recommended communication techniques (either between the students of with a professional actor) is key, especially with the use of prompt feedback. A Trainer needs to appreciate the role of the learners and how they will subsequently apply their learning in the workplace so that the teaching is applicable to their professional or individual needs. To that end, the needs of my customers, prior to the delivery of any training, are a fundamental part of my training services.
My previous experience of interviewing people with autism and my enthusiasm for my subject is infectious. This I believe promotes the focus and appreciation of all learners who attend my training.