How Our Online Training Works for Different Learning Styles

By Maria Peagler

Sep 03
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We all learn differently. Fortunately, the old days of one size-fits-all training are gone, and it’s more feasible than ever to find online training that fits your unique learning style.

What are learning styles?

Your learning style is the way you absorb, understand, and apply new knowledge.  Your learning styles are as unique as you are — almost a fingerprint of how you assimilate new information.  If you can understand your learning style, you can find training that fits you and be a more active participant in the learning process.

The main learning styles are:

Visual – reading a lesson, reviewing an infographic, or watching a video

Auditory – listening to a video or an audio, or getting 1:1 coaching

Kinesthetic – moving while learning. Standing up while reading or watching a video, walking while listening to an audio, and applying the lessons by going and doing them in your social networks

You may learn best via one learning style, or you could learn through a combination of learning styles.

Textbooks and lectures have been the staples of colleges and universities.  PowerPoint lectures have become the defacto standard for many online training companies.

Thankfully, we do it differently.

How We Teach to Each Learning Style

80% of people learn through visuals in some way. You may be a pure visual learner, or you may be a combination of visual with some auditory and kinesthetic.  For example, I learn by reading, watching, and then doing.  I learned early in college that if I could write something down, I retained more of it.

My younger son is a kinesthetic learner:  he learns by touching, moving, and doing.  He loves Rubik’s Cubes and solves math problems best when he can stand up at school.

My older son was ill for a year while in high school, and his illness diminished his ability to concentrate and retain information.  We found that using muscle memory was the key to his learning: if he could incorporate movement into his learning, he retained more of it.

Three people, three very different ways of absorbing what they need to be successful in life.

That’s why we offer a multimedia curriculum here at  Yes, we do offer videos, but our training isn’t only videos.  That would be a rigid training style requiring you sit for long periods of time that most busy entrepreneurs don’t have.

Instead, we offer multiple ways of learning:

  • chunked lessons with bite-sized content
  • each lesson is broken up into the why, what, and how: yes, we actually answer those burning questions like, “when will I ever use this” and “why do I need this?”  There’s no point to doing something if it doesn’t offer ROI for your business.
  • screenshots that point out exactly what you’ll see and where to click
  • videos that walk you through complex processes; you can replay them over and over and return to them when needed
  • one-page infographics to download for easy reference
  • swipe-files to show you what’s worked for other brands and how you can do the same
  • bonus webinar videos and mp3s you can listen to anytime, anywhere
  • responsive classes that you can take on ANY device: desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 1:1 coaching for individual guidance and advice

What to Look for When You Evaluate Online Training

First, absolutely expect a sample class.  You need to see how that training is delivered, what content they cover, how easy it is to navigate around the website to find what you need when you need it, and if they offer help when you get stuck.

You cannot rely on what brands proclaim to offer.  Terms like “industry standard,” “best,” and “recognized,” are vague and meaningless.  I’ll give you an example:

I was approached by an employee of a leading social dashboard brand that also offers online training.  They were quite proud of their “courseware” and their accrediation from a public university.

Once I started asking questions, however, what they offered did not live up to their claims.

What was their courseware?

Their response was “our own propriety SCORM-compliant solution, unique to their brand. ”  They offered me a look at their courseware, and what did I find?

PowerPoint.  Plain and simple.  And you couldn’t move on to the next lesson without finishing the current one.  What a total waste of an entrepreneur’s time.

What exactly is their accreditation?  Is it a degree?


Is it a continuing education credit?


It’s a piece of paper that costs you almost $2,500 to earn. But you get no degree, no certification with any meaning, and outdated training.

So, always try a sample class to see what the brand has to offer.  If they don’t offer a free class, move on. Your time and money are too precious to waste on hyped claims.

How to Find the Right Training for You

Try out a sample class from multiple training companies to see what feels right.  Do they fit your learning style? Can you get help when you have a question?

If you have to learn how to use their courseware before you start learning the content, that training company has failed you.

Online learning should be a seamless transition into the class, the community, and the content.

What has your experience been with online training? What’s important to you in a class? Share in the comments!





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Founder of, Benjamin Franklin award-winner for independent publishing, award winning author of eight books, wife, mom, quilter and watercolor artist.

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