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The Art and Science of Training by Elaine Biech

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CHAPTER 1

What Is the Science and Art of Training?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once declared that “Teaching is the highest form of understanding,” meaning that one who teaches has the deepest understanding of the topic. That’s still true today. I’m no Greek philosopher, but I’d like to suggest that another way to view learning is that “Understanding is the highest form of teaching.”

It seems that to truly facilitate learning for others, trainers must understand them first; learning comes after that. Trying to impart knowledge without thoroughly understanding the learner is like venturing into enemy territory without first doing reconnaissance. Success happens because you understand others; it’s not from understanding the content.

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