An audio guide to being an auditory learner – click below to listen or continue reading below for an outline and details offered in the podcast.
Auditory learners learn by hearing – even by hearing themselves. They learn by speaking, even by speaking to themselves, so you may hear them mumbling to themselves as they talk themselves through new ideas and tasks. Lectures are a perfect match for the native learning style of the auditory learner. They will get a lot from your talk just by listening to the volume, pitch, tone and speed of your voice as you speak.
You’ll hear auditory learners say things like
- I can’t hear you
- Can you say that again
- I can tell by the way things sound that
- Hold on, I want to hear this
Learning turnoffs for auditory learners include
- Poor sound quality in a room
- Droning monotone from the presenter
- A grating or irritating voice
- Talking too fast during new content
- When people ask questions with their voice, but they are speaking a statement
- Distracting noises in the learning space
Engage auditory learners by
- Telling well-rehearsed, interesting stories that illustrate your points
- Making sure everyone can hear you before you start
- Practicing your talk with the sole purpose of eliminating umm, uh and other verbal pauses
- Use a confident, energetic tone of voice
- Repeat salient points, but not too often
- Allow for “verbal white space” in your talk
What’s the takeaway?
To engage auditory learners, think about how to make your talk more interesting to listen to.