- Lecture – 5%
- Reading – 10%
- Audio/Visual – 20%
- Discussion Group – 50%
- Practice by Doing – 75%
- Teaching Others – 90%
In other words – you will only remember about 5% of what you learn by lecture, while a full 90% of information will be retained when you are teaching others!
Read my tips for making a book group a very effective learning method, and you will see the tie to discussion/practice/teaching that will move you quickly from 10% to 50%+.
Recently, a CEO I work with to deliver a learning program (Paul Doyle – Leaderwork) shared some information he read: the annual spend in the United States on leadership training is between $14 and $50 billion each year – and there are approximately 15 million people in leadership roles in the US. How many of you have been to programs that largely focus on reading and lecture? I have spent two decades in companies of various sizes/industries and my experience is that lecture/reading is the norm.
I know many of my readers are leaders looking for tips to develop themselves and their teams. Make it a goal in 2017 to push for more conversations, practice, and learning in groups – even if it means slowing down the process to practice and reflect.
Listen . . . Lead. Repeat often!