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Preferred Learning and Communication Styles


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Which of the three main senses, visual, auditory or kinesthetic do you prefer to use when you communicate or when you are learning? Let me say at the outset, that you may be using any of the three at particular times, but there is one that you have a preference for. For example, my scores are equal across the board for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, as I have had multiple different professions, read a lot, attended very many seminars, and travelled enormously. As a result of all these experiences, all three off my main senses are equally developed.

Nevertheless, my preferred one is visual. This shows up when I am asked questions, and, most of the time, my eyes look upwards. Each representational style is as important as the other. Not one is more important. Whether it is in the workplace, at home or recreationaly, society needs all three to function best. The other two senses, gustatory and olfactory, are not included in this analysis of representational styles, that is learning and communication styles. Apart from visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, we can bring in a fourth one, auditory digital, but it is not classified as a preferred style.

Just to summarize the process.

After receiving data through your five senses, and taking note of the internal dialogue or self-talk you indulge in, you translate this data into your Internal Representation (IR) of ‘reality’. As mentioned above, the primary ones are, pictures, sounds, feelings and self-talk. Your Preferred Representational System is the one you tend to use more than the others to create your Internal Representations (IRs) of your outside world.

Some experiences will obviously be auditory, such as listening to music. However, visual people may also see a vivid image while listening to the music. For example, when I listen to music, I will also picture the soloist playing, or the whole Orchestra in full flight, or the conductor's actions. Or I will picture a scene that the music is depicting. Kinesthetic people will also feel the mood of the piece. Again, I will use myself as an example.

I am sometimes so deeply moved by the music, that I can get quite emotional with my eyes welling up in tears of empathy as a result of the sheer beauty the feeling of listening to the music gives me. So you see. I can use all three senses when I listen to a piece of music, watch a movie, or read a book.

I know people who, when they enjoy a massage (kinesthetic), actually visualize (visual) the happiness that their internal organs are experiencing as they are being massaged. Be aware of which of the three, visual, auditory and kinesthetic you are mostly making use of and under whcih circumstances.

Understanding your modus operandi, that is, how you operate is key to being an effective communicator. Making use of all your senses when learning will result in harmony between your right and left hemispheres of the brain, resulting in a better and balanced life.

Enjoy the experience.

Gloria M Hamilten is a recognized authority in disciplines within Personal Development and People Skills for Business Professionals, such as Time Management, Negotiation Skills, Developing High-Performance Teams, Assertion Skills, Building International Rapport, Conflict Management and Resolution, Presentation and Platform Skills.

Her studies in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Psychology have lead to her researching brain disorders such as AD-HD and its relations.

She has her own training business, and conducts courses for Corporate Organizations, Sporting groups and Tertiary Educational Institutions in Australia.

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