The Learning Genius reveals how a person learns, to be more specific how someone remembers, recalls, and retains information. It can be helpful to think of this as how we “imprint” learning and create a ”permanent attribute, encoding it in our brains at a very early age, normally beginning from birth and developing through the age of 3 to 5 years of age.
Here’s where it gets so good.
There are three kinds of attributed learning styles;
VISUAL AUDITORY and KINESTHETIC.
Everyone will most likely learn all three styles over time. However, what is important to understand is when someone is under stress, anxiety, or in conflict their main Learning Genius always takes charge. Even little things like being hungry, tired, or missing any part of your hierarchical needs means your primary learning style is leading the way.
Ok you’re going to love this because it means that when the stakes are at their highest your ability to effectively communicate is being impacted by your primary Learning Genius. Whichever your Learning Genius is, Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic it influences how you send communication, and how you choose your words, tone and descriptors in your communication. This can influence how you are being heard by others. Simultaneously, and equally importantly your primary Learning Genius also predictably alters your ability to listen in profound ways.
To think about this mathematically for a second, this means, ⅔ of the people you come into contact with each and every day has a different learning style than you. Can you begin to see why your Learning Genius is important to understand? It also helps to clear up why landing the message you intended to share with others is far more complex than you might have imagined.
This simple but very powerful Learning Genius can transform how you interact with your partners, clients, boss, team, family, children and every other important relationship in your life. It will also help you gain new insights on why others act and behave as they do.
In short, no one style is better or worse than any other; they are different and each holds their own unique ability that adds value in a myriad of ways in life and in business.
It’s easy to see that without an understanding of the Learning Key , and without appropriately compensating for it, especially when under pressure, you can be assured that your partner or anyone else for that matter won’t hear you completely.
How many times have you said or asked something from someone and what they heard was completely different than what you intended? This is just a small example of how mastering the Genius Key can help you more effectively give and receive information to the people in your life.
The Genius Key uses the three main sensory receivers: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic (movement) to determine the dominant learning style. It is based on modalities—channels by which human expression can take place and is composed of a combination of perception and memory.
Learners use all three modalities to receive and learn new information and experiences. However, one or two of these receiving styles is normally dominant. This dominant style defines the best way for a person to learn new information by filtering what is to be learned. This style may not always be the same for some tasks. The learner may prefer one style of learning for one task, and a combination of others for a different task. Classically, our learning style is forced upon us during our formative years: In grades kindergarten through third, new information is presented to us kinesthetically; grades 4 through 8 are visually presented; while
grades 9 through college and on into adulthood, information is presented to us mostly through auditory means, such as lectures. However, even though we adapt and learn along the way, one of these styles always remains primary. It is what you default to in times of stress. It is during these stressful times that giving and receiving effective communication is critical. Learning how to master your Learning Genius empowers you to get what you want and need more fluidly.
These types of learners visually imprint and store information in their minds as pictures. Even if the information came to them through sound, their brains convert what they heard into pictures (like a collage) and store these picture collages with intricate details in their brains. This is what gets imprinted. Visual learners will gravitate toward charts, graphs, visual branding, symbolism, color, and symmetry. They will remember and recall the diagram more readily than a phrase that was spoken. The visual learner has a keen eye for details and turns everything into color variations and pictures. They pick up on gradiances, spacing and small intricate details. Since visual learners are creating picture collages in their mind, they have little to no recall as to the order in which they processed the images. They also have a very different relationship with time as they tend to be more general and less literal.
These types of learners depend on listening and speaking as the main ways of learning. Auditory learners have a keen sense for tone and pitch, and can hear when emotions are off by even the slightest change in melody. Auditory learners must be able to hear what is being said in order to understand and feel connected with your communication. They can also get overwhelmed or distort information when their surroundings are too loud or at a conflicting sound level while they are trying to receive new information. There is no decompression time between transitions at events or long meetings. They may have difficulty with instructions that are given with a pictorial reference as they much prefer lists. They also prefer written or verbal instructions to be in a logical order or in the proper sequence. Auditory learners use their listening and repeating skills to sort through the information that is sent to them. They need both sides in order to feel like the experience or interaction met with their expectations. They then extract the relevant and important details and imprint the data in list form in their brains. Details that are not deemed relevant are most of the time forgotten while the data that does make the list is quickly and most accurately recalled on que.
These types of learners are often said to be hard to understand and challenging to relate to in the modern world and in the context of traditional schooling methods. Kinesthetic learners are tactile learners. Before they look at pictures or before you tell them how to do something, they must first experience “doing” things themselves. They like to dig in and go as far as they can until they hit a roadblock. This in essence means that if you are demonstrating something or listing off instruction the kinesthetic learner has already tuned you out (auditory and visual shut off) and is focused on mentally or physically trying to sort out how far they can go without your way of learning. Kinesthetic learners remember best the things they experience. Kinesthetic learning is most effective when it involves the use of the whole body rather than just hands, eyes or ears.
Kinesthetic learners are the most difficult to teach as the minute they get exposed to something new, they are already trying to figure it out (not looking or listening). However, science has shown us that although these learners are slower to learn on the front-end, they are the ones who then reengineer processes for new and better experiences after they have learned the skill. These types of learners also have an amazing ability to either completely remember enormous detail from an experience or nothing at all. They are quick to eliminate memories or lessons that did not meet their expectations. They tend to hold onto the experiences and the minutest details long after the experience itself. They are also highly in tune with the vibrational energy of how people around them are feeling. This can mean that they absorb much of what is taking place and can easily become overstimulated.