Everyone absorbs concepts in different ways. Everyone uses three senses (hearing, sight and touch) to learn, but people tend to lean predominantly toward one sense. Some people learn visually, others primarily through words and some people need hands-on interaction before they can grasp a concept.
Audio-based conference calls limit your means of communication to one method only. People who aren't auditory learners are out of luck.
Statistics say only 20-30% of children are auditory learners, and this statistic doesn't change much as those kids become adults in the business world. How do you reach the other 70-80% of the population? A web-based conference lets you employ all three senses to make a point, share information or close a sale.
Auditory Learning in a Web-based Conference
The audio component remains an important part of any web-based conference. Whether you dial in through your telephone or listen through your computer speakers, InterCall's web-based conference services promise clear service to make the most of oral presentations.
Visual Learning in a Web-based Conference
Integrate PowerPoint® slides, videos and web browsing to show your audience what you want to show them. When you can't find the picture you need, draw it out on a virtual whiteboard. When participants don't understand what you're telling them, you have other tools to make your point.
Kinesthetic Learning in a Web-based Conference
This is perhaps the most challenging learning style to integrate into any environment. But by sharing your desktop or web browser with conference participants, you can give them the hands-on interaction they crave. Consider letting participants brainstorm ideas on the whiteboard, turning over control of your web browser or letting training session participants actually perform functions on the program they're learning. Don't underestimate the value of polls and surveys to keep kinesthetic learners involved.
What type of learner are you? Do you keep all three styles of learning in mind during your presentations?
Nicole Scheel is the Director of Training, and the “Tips & Training Blogger”. Nicole has been in training with InterCall for nine years and currently manages our internal and customer training departments, also known as InterCall University. When she's not training someone, you can find Nicole volunteering in her community or finishing her Masters in Training & Development at Roosevelt University.