For a speaker, it’s important to take various learning styles into consideration when designing your presentation. Here are some things to consider for each of these styles:
- Active learners learn by doing. Incorporate problem-solving or hands-on activities, especially in groups.
- Reflective learners think things through first. Offer them handouts to reference later and writing pads so that they can take their own notes.
- Sensing learners want to know how the information connects to the world. Give them concrete examples of how they can apply your information.
- Intuitive learners enjoy the abstract and would do well learning about theories related to your topic.
- Visual learners thrive on visuals and remember what they see. Offer a variety of props, images and charts.
- Verbal learners remember what they hear. Use concise, effective phrases alongside your visuals.
— Adapted from “Learning Styles and Strategies,” Richard Felder and Barbara Soloman, www4.ncsu.edu.