3 Learner Retention Strategies For Managers

Increase Retention and arrowManagers are busy, often multitasking and running around to get things done.

Tending to multiple clients and managing a variety of individuals requires managers to keep a lot of information in their heads, many of it incoming and new.

You may have just had a long meeting with a client who taught you the ins and outs of their businesses, but after two more meetings right after that, all the information may have jumbled in your head.

You may have just had a training with a sales rep for a new software you will be implementing, but you were thinking about upcoming employee reviews and tuned out.

Managers are typically responsible for retaining important information and relaying it to others, but they often have a hard time with it.

It’s important to learn learner retention strategies to increase your comprehension, memory and ability to teach what you have learned with these tips:

Create A Story

Storytelling is a proven learner retention strategy that works!

It is based on the science that humans can digest and remember facts easier when they can frame them into a story and relate it to their own experiences.

A story helps us remember information easier and for a longer period of time than simple facts.

One source provides four reasons for why storytelling is an effective retention strategy:

  • It helps crunch information into manageable size in order to make it a story.

  • The context of the story helps piece the various facts together.

  • When listening to a story, the listener is just as engaged as the teller because they are trying to piece together pieces to make a story in their minds.

  • Stories have richer meaning and are more interesting than mere facts, which helps us relate to them and want to remember them.

Apply The Knowledge

One simple task can bridge the gap between hearing information and retaining it and that step is applying it.

It can be as easy as listening to different facts and then solving a problem with that fact.

By allowing yourself to take new information and actually consider ways to piece it together to solve a real or imagined problem in an exercise will help your brain synthesise the information and store it.

Don’t Overload Yourself

Finally, a good strategy to remember when trying to retain information is that you cannot overload yourself.

Your brain can only take in and store so much facts at a time, so it is OK to say when you feel you have reached your limit.

As well, space out the times when you plan on learning something new so that you give yourself time to rest, recharge and give your mind its best chance to utilise the information you have learned.

Thanks again

Mark Williams

Senior Management Trainer and Consultant

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