Stage three in the learning strategy is to teach something to someone else.
This is a deeper level of learning. Have you heard the saying before, ‘If you want to know something really well, teach it to other people’?
It’s a different way of thinking about something, to learn if for yourself vs learning it in a way that enables you to know it so well you can teach it to someone else.
One of the things we do inside our school is create a way for our students to go through three stages constantly.
They can attend a class, apply it to themselves then teach it to another student. That way they’re really learning. What happens when someone goes through all three stages is their competence increases and when competence goes up, confidence goes up.
And that’s the point of learning. It gives us more confidence in the area we want to apply it to. So for example, talking about coaching going through these three stages allows you to have more confidence in your ability to coach.
A lot of people don’t do this. They watch webinar after webinar, read book after book—they never actually do the other two stages so their confidence never goes up.
Then they end up creating this little cycle where they say, ‘I’m not good enough, I’m afraid’, and they never end up taking action and moving.
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In the meantime, I want to encourage you to move through the three stages of learning:
- Learn about something. Think and reflect.
- Apply it to yourself. Try it on, have a go and see what learning gives you.
- Tell someone else about it. Share it with a client or a partner. See if you can get it to make sense to another person, then you will understand what you’re learning at an even deeper level.