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Teachable Moments

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

As I have grown older I realize that for me, I need to see it being done and then I have to do it myself. If I get to see it and follow it, I am good. Or also telling me how to do it as I do it, step up step, is also golden. That I feel is the best way. Especially for software tools that we use for work.

It really is simple – show it on a big screen projector and have people follow you. Make sure that they are doing the right steps and you can check up on them. That really is the best way. Reading can also be good if there are screenshots so you can easily identify the options but best is to see it get done. In some cases, if you are familiar with the layout of the tool having someone tell you how to do it via the phone can also be successful but it’s not recommended for more complicated processes.

Trying it yourself – as long as it’s not too complicated and the instructions are simple to follow then no harm. If not then disaster.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com