EXPERIENCE. REFELCT. CONCEPTUALIZE. APPLY.
By: Syeda Zauwia Riaz, Manager Corporate Communications, Learning Minds
The global economy has created a new hypercompetitive landscape, one in which product and service lifecycles are shorter and turnaround times are faster. In such an environment, traditional approaches of training aren’t as responsive to business needs as they used to be.
Conventional training can’t possibly provide employees with all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Today, more and more organizations are gravitating to experiential learning because they believe the merger of two distinct aspects of corporate trainings, learning and hands-on-experience, is the best way to provide knowledge and skills that learners can apply to their jobs.
THE POWER OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
According to the 70:20:10 model for Learning & Development, “70% of learning happens through experiences, 20% of learning happens through interactions with others, and 10% learning happens through formal classroom sessions.”
Experiential learning blends immersive activities that mimic challenges of the real world with a focused debrief that is aimed at connecting the lessons learned with workplace reality. Participants get a chance to learn by doing and because they experience the results that come with active application of their existing skills and development of new behaviors, they retain more information and are more likely to apply this newly acquired knowledge on their jobs.
Experiential learning programs take learning tools beyond videos, classroom sessions or audio lessons to offer learners the chance to fully engage and learn. These solutions are aimed at:
- Engaging the Five Senses
Studies show that only certain parts of the human brain are active during learning. This means, visual learning will activate a different part of the brain than would auditory learning. Many traditional learning approaches focus on either a visual or an auditory style, however, these are only two of the senses. What about the other three senses? Experiential learning takes a multi-sensory approach to learning by engaging the five senses of the brain, which in turn provides participants with cues to respond to the situations throws at them.
- Building Emotional Connection
From the sound of wind blowing through the leaves and branches of the trees, to the scent of a red rose, there are numerous experiences to be enjoyed when it comes to adventure learning. Participants get a chance to gain context from the surroundings, which helps them connect with situations in a more meaningful manner.
- Unlocking True Potential
Multisensory engagement also develops emotional mastery and strength of character. Experiential learning exercises engage participants emotionally, socially, physically, soulfully and intellectually. They learn to use their wit to figure out dilemmas laid out in front of them. They also learn to grapple with uncertainty, which allows them to get out of their comfort zones, sharpen their senses and unlock their true potential.
AREAS OF TRAINING.
- Leadership Development
- Conflict Resolution
- Change Management
- Personal/Professional Effectiveness
- Interdepartmental Harmony
- Communication Skills
- Cross functional Synergy
- Interpersonal Skills
- Sales Effectiveness
- Customer Centricity
All the trainings executed through Experiential Learning by Learning Minds are customized to meet the expectations of clients. Programs can also be designed at client’s preferred venue or conducted in an outdoor setting at a resort, club, hotel or a chalet, to name only a few.
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