Syndicated financial columnist and talk show host Steve Savant interviews Dr. Barb Provost, adjunct professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago. With multiple Masters Degrees and a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education, Barbara Provost MS EdD is an expert in how adults learn. Her insights into women and money are considered at the forefront of the most neglected demographic among financial advisers. She has also developed training programs for Fortune 100 companies and is a Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation.
How Women Learn – PART ONE
As an adult educator, an adviser needs to know their audience, whether they’re a client or prospect. Everyone is NOT starting in the same place in terms of knowledge, skill or motivation. Everyone is NOT able to act immediately as other information, input, may be needed. Everyone does NOT have the same pace to learn or take in new information. Everyone does NOT learn the same way.
Adults learn by bringing experience to the table, and they typically find themselves needing to learn because a change has occurred.
Educators often make assumptions. Not everyone is at the same starting point. Educators need to discern the comprehension level of their client or student by opening a dialogue with open ended questions.
TIP: Educators need to refrain from starting by focusing on the preparedness of the client.
Watch for the next video in our women’s education series, How Women Learn – PART TWO.