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If you find yourself saying things like, “I like it, it rings true for me” or “That sounds good to me”, NLP Neuro Linquistic Programming would suggest that you’re an auditory modality learner. This means you’re most comfortable learning things by listening to them. As such you might find that listening to books on tape from a service like Audible for example is an enjoyable way for you to learn and one you find to be productive.

This of course is just a rule of thumb however but people who use phrases like “rings true” tend to learn best from hearing things explained. Right there, without thinking, I wrote “rule of thumb” and so we can assume that I have a strong pension for kinistetic learning touching feeling something to understand it better like putting together a puzzle.

Why is this helpful to understand? Understanding how our brains are wired to learn in ways that are uniquely suited for us will help us to seek out learning experiences that enrich our lives and generate better results. By way of example, an auditory learner might benefit from subscribing to a service like’s books on tape and listening to books on tape each day. As an auditory style learner you would want to subscribe to Audible or a similar service or buy CDs of inspiring and informative programming and listen to it on every commute to and from work to immerse yourself in knowledge!

A visual learner might focus (a visual word cue!) on watching Youtube or other videos you could find on websites like TED Talks about the subjects we are interested in learning and watch them daily to inspire yourself and improve your skills. Using mind-mapping software and watching slide presentations would also help you learn materials more efficiently.

A kinesthetic learner might take workshops or engage in hands on exercises to grasp the information better. Did you read another word cue in that last sentence? Get a hold of yourself, it’s right there! You can “grasp” it easily once you get the hang of it. See the words “hands on”? Actually just as in everyday communications the words I’m using here are chocked full of clues or cues to help one understand my dominant learning modality.

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Now how does this help us deal with others in school, at home or at work more effectively? Once we are able to identify the primary language modality of the person we are engaging with we can use the language their brain is most comfortable with.

So with a visual modality person one might say, “I see what you mean” or “let me make this more clear for you”. Or you can simply use diagrams, charts and pictures to help get your points across. An auditory person might use terms like “listen I hear you think this or that…” or “yes that’s a very sound idea of yours”. With a kinisthetic learning modality individual you could say “this feels right to me!” Or you might say “let me touch on some key points for you.”

Doing this helps the person you’re engaging with feel mre comfortable and at ease with you and therefore more receptive to whatever it is you’re hoping to convey to them. NLP which stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming was created by Richard Banlder and his partner Mr. John Grinder. This book The Ultimate Introduction to NLP is a very good introduction to the concepts they co-created.

What should you have learned:

  • People’s brains are wired with different preferred methods of learining & communicating
  • People are predominantly visual, auditory or kinestetic (feeling) type of learners and communicators
  • You can hear or read cues to discover people’s predominant modality
  • You can use words and phrases to help create better communications and results