Many of us have heard the saying…
“If you tell me how to do something, I will forget it. If you show me how to do it, I may remember it. If you involve me in doing it, I will understand completely.”
The reason this saying is so common around training events is that it’s true. An overwhelming amount of research supports that we remember more information when it’s presented visually, versus audibly.
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It’s part of the reason why we are barraged with Powerpoint slides during presentations. The research doesn’t control for the quality of someone’s slide deck.
Below, we’re presenting some ranges drawn from the research to illustrate the point about memory retention rates:
- 10% and 20% of words spoken
- 40% and 50% of visual information presented properly
- 70% (up to permanently) of the actions we physically do
I only ask… “Can you still ride a bike?”