You ever wonder why you were introduced to certain things early on in life only to be able to use them many years later? Well, that’s not the case when it came to the world of NLP (Nuero-Linguistic Programming), behavioral styles and the 3 different learning modalities. I was trained by the best nearly 30 years ago and I have been using this knowledge off and on of course throughout my life. What was meant to improve my sales skills in banking (and it did), actually serves me now as a Master Credit Coach. What does this have to do with CREDIT? Well let me SHOW you the ways and TELL you how it works so you can FEEL the difference!
First off, the study of NLP has gone through its ups and downs and you can research the origin of NLP to get the background (I recommend checking Wikipedia). Also, the DISC behavioral styles add another component and let us understand more about ourselves and our motivators. For today, we are going to focus on the 3 learning modalities to answer that question of…What does this have to do with credit?
My answer is EVERYTHING! It has everything to do with credit because it relates to our core beliefs and through those core beliefs is dictated how we approach things. With regards to the 3 learning modalities, which are VISUAL, AUDITORY & KINESTHETIC, we will break them down below.
You can pick up a persons learning styles by the words that they use and when communicating back it is best to use their preferred terminology.
- VISUAL – Visual learners picture everything and speak in words reflecting visually. They learn by seeing it done and watching. Some examples of visual words are; clear, focus, perspective, appears, vision, glimpse, look, show, sight for sore eyes and as used above, reflecting and seeing. Using visual words when working with or helping a visual learner will create instant rapport and build trust.
With Regards to Credit:
Visual people need to see what’s going on. If you are a visual learner it is best to keep a chart with all the debt, payment due dates, payment amounts and pictures of the rewards that you will give yourself for achieving goals or milestone goals along the way. You can use whiteboards with color coded pens and dream boards with pictures of your “WHY”. Make sure these are hanging somewhere you frequent often like your office, bathroom or kitchen.
- AUDITORY – Auditory learners deal in sounds. They remember in sound, they imagine in sound and they have a lot of internal dialogue. Some examples of auditory words are; say, discuss, resonate, question, tell, hear, word for word, tune, wavelength and vocal. Using auditory words when teaching an auditory learner will make you the most awesome teacher ever and strengthen the bond between you.
With Regards to Credit:
Auditory people need to be part of the conversation. If you are an auditory learner it is best to use checklists, journals and recorded reminders. Confide in a friend and set up an accountability partner to make sure you are reaching your goals. Check in on your list and call your accountability partner often but no less than weekly.
- KINESTHETIC – Kinesthetic learners are your touchy-feel(ly) people who need to feel and experience for themselves. They remember in feelings. They can recall anything by the way that they felt about it and their self-talk is talking through their feelings. Some examples of kinesthetic words are; feel, exciting, grasp, touch, reshape, drive, solid, calm, firm and movement. Using kinesthetic words when communicating with a kinesthetic learner will solidify the trust between you both as you connect and move forward.
With Regards to Credit:
Kinesthetic people need to feel that improvement is happeing. The way they can make credit fun is to make it a game. Create a game of outwitting the scorekeepers and/or give yourself a hug for making good choices. Use the envelope system for maintaining your budget and making payments. Create a physically sliding scale to move up and down as you improve your credit or paydown your debt. Have rewards for your achievements. On the flip-side of rewards is punishment. You can pinch yourself every time you sabotage your efforts. I do not recommend this method but it does work with some kinesthetic people.
Communication is: 55% of what we see. 38% of what we hear and 7% the words that we use.
By using your primary learning modality, you increase your success and are on your way to financial freedom!
- Identify your primary learning modality. If you are having difficulty with this, share this information with someone that is close to you and ask them to listen to your vocabulary and pick up on the words that you use.
- Create a monitoring system that fits your learning modality for your budget, your debt repayment and your WHY.
- Work the system.
If this seems too overwhelming for you and you are frustrated and don’t seem to be able to connect the dots because your inner-dialogue its hounding you and weighing you down, reach out to Coach Kim and let’s get you on the road to recovery. (Note-all 3 learning modality words used above)
As always, if you have errors on your credit reports or items that do not belong to you and you are not having success getting them removed, please take action and contact me for help.
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