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| Our Experiential Education Philosophy
How do technical professionals learn new interpersonal skills? By
reading? By listening to someone talking? Watching something being
done? Or doing it themselves?
Of course, people have different ways of learning, and varied speed for
which they internalize the lesson to be imparted.
For the non-technical people skills that we need to develop, reading
might suffice for some, but is generally at the bottom of the list. Without
practice, retention tends to be short lived.
Listening to words from a speaker is also far down on the list, almost as
low as reading.
Watching something being done - live or on video, can be more
At the top of the list is experiential learning where the trainee
participates in an activity practicing the skill to be learned. Absorption is
faster, more complete, and retention is much greater.