Instructor Styles

Attendees learn in different ways. To teach your attendees effectively, presenters should balance the four different styles of instruction. As the meeting organizer, you can set this expectation in the Call for Proposals. 

The Four Instructor Styles


Well-planned, logical and collaborative sessions that: 
Assess and define needs.
Set clear learning objectives
Design training that is aligned with the objectives
Deliver training that is aligned with objectives and meets learners' expectations
Evaluate the results of your program

When you promote an activity, the objectives should be clear enough the audience does not have to try to figure out what the content will cover. 

To involve the audience in your planning, you can use the results of a member needs survey or educational needs survey. During the instruction, you can ask for feedback on what types of interactive enhancements you include (would you rather do this game or that game). 


This instruction style challenges the learners to think, feel, and behave a new way. This is the most difficult style to incorporate as many people are resistant to change. However, incorporating training methods that are active and engaging and demonstrates cause and effect results will help overcome this resistance. 


This instructor style allows adults to explore learning and apply knowledge using skills-based activities. This hands on approach incorporates learning into action, many times using creative methods. 


Adults learn best when they are in an environment they feel safe in. New ideas may be presented, but participants with different points of view are respected. Participants are also provided the freedom to observe instead of participating in activities.