Video conferencing is exceptionally popular with companies everywhere—not only does it accelerate globalization efforts, it can reduce the travel costs your company has to bear and help decisions get made more quickly. However, before you invest heavily in audio-visual services, there are a few issues that need to be addressed in order to make them useful to your entire workforce—including the kinesthetic learners among your staff. Learn how to make audio-visual conferences work for these employees as well.

What are kinesthetic learners?

Auditory learners learn by listening. Visual learners learn through observation. Kinesthetic learners are that group of people who have to learn by touching something, examining it, and even putting something into motion in order to really understand it. They were probably the kids who were always being told by teachers to "stop touching everything" during class and quit fidgeting around.

While learning styles can be somewhat mixed, most tend to have a predominant trait—and about 5% of the population tends to be kinesthetic. That's great news for 95% of your staff when it comes to audio-visual conferencing, but really bad for that 5%. They may find the whole audio-visual conference process frustrating, and you may be missing out on some great ideas because they can't learn and communicate well using that medium. 

How can your audio-visual team make it easier on the kinesthetic learners?

A dual approach may be the best method to include kinesthetic learners more completely. First, each of your employees should be aware of their primary learning method. Many may never have considered it. Make it part of your company's standard policies to have employees tested to determine their primary learning style. You don't want to single out the kinesthetic learners—instead, provide information to each employee about ways that they can use their natural learning style to their advantage.

For example, kinesthetic learners can increase their ability to learn during an audio-visual presentation if they are doing something physical while they are watching the conference.  A lot of companies give the impression that doing something like taking notes or typing on a laptop during a video conference is akin to ignoring the proceedings—make it clear that it is perfectly acceptable for employees to take notes during the conference either on their laptops or on paper if that helps them process the information. You can also make it clear that it's okay if someone needs to get up and stretch or move during the conference, as long as it is done unobtrusively. 

The second part of the approach involves working with the company that supplies or facilities your audio-visual conferences. Touch-screen devices are perfect for kinesthetic learners—so make sure that your employees have them and can interact with illustrations, graphs, and diagrams that are being shown visually.

Screen-sharing features can also make a kinesthetic learner feel much more directly involved. Give him or her the tools that are necessary to offer alternative ideas, like a whiteboard and markers. When it comes time for him or her to contribute to the conversation, make it clear that it's also okay to stand up and move around while illustrating an idea or drawing the design out for others to see. Another interactive feature to consider is an on-screen "chat box" that can be used to allow employees to address whatever is being said or shown in real time. Even if questions aren't immediately answered, the odds are good that the kinesthetic learner will have a more concrete understanding of the issues. Also, make sure that you get enough equipment from your audio-visual provider so that nobody has to "share" a keyboard—that could put your kinesthetic learners at a serious disadvantage if he or she isn't the one working the keyboard.

For more ideas on how to make the most of your audio-visual conferences, talk to a local service provider today, such as Reliable Audio Visual Entertainment.