Business People Should Spend Some Time Learning About Learning, Find the Edge Expert Says

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Understanding how we learn makes developing new knowledge and skills easier, Andrew Thorp has said in a Find the Edge article published today.

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Most things boil down to the same core principles – basic concepts which have been around for a long time.

Having an awareness of how people learn - when teaching new skills and ideas - can make a huge difference to how effective the lessons are, and how quickly individuals are able to benefit, Andrew Thorp has said in a new Find the Edge article.

He uses the post to pass on his knowledge on the subject, having been in people development for 30 years.

“Improving your abilities to listen, present well, show empathy and so on will be valuable, but they will take some time to embed as skills.”

“Whether you’re a teacher or a pupil, I think it’s useful to reflect on all your experiences of learning.”

“The reflective habit is a useful one to develop anyway, but as a leader, manager or coach (and you may be all three!) consider how you can make it easier and more effective for others to develop skills and learn from their learning too.”

Thorp discusses the four stages of learning in the article, as well as providing some illuminating examples about the power of storytelling to encourage learning, and inspire action.

He also talks about a period of his career where he was a professional golf coach, teaching novices the ropes of the sport.

“After a couple of lessons focusing on the grip, stance, posture, ball position and alignment, I would inevitably get the question – “Come on Andrew, what does Tiger Woods work on with his coach?”

“When I replied that it was mostly minor adjustments to the grip, stance, posture, ball position and alignment, they invariably looked disappointed. What they were seeking was something more advanced – a secret formula that only the most successful apply.”

“But, of course, most things boil down to the same core principles – basic concepts which have been around for a long time.”

The article can be read in full here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/innovation/business-psychology/3-things-ive-learned-about-learning.

Andrew Thorp is a communications coach, and the founder of Speakeasy Groups in NW England. He also co-founded MojoLife. More about him can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/andrew-thorp.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: “It’s never too late to develop new skills, or to add to your knowledge base.

“Understanding more about how we learn can make the process much more enjoyable and effective.”

Find the Edge is a business website where leaders from all sectors can share the experience that has propelled them to the top of their games.

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