Friday, September 10, 2010

Poll: How do you best absorb information?

As I write this post, I am listening to a fascinating podcast conversation between Russ Roberts and Daniel Pink about what motivates individuals to do work. It is a 79 minute conversation, which leads me to wonder how many people have listened to the entire conversation. On one hand, audio is a great format for the commute, but on the other hand, it is hard for most people to commit to listen to a 79-minute conversation about economics (even the most fascinating economics of what motivates us).

I love these weekly podcasts, but I wonder how much of that love is particular to how I absorb information. If I hear a conversation, I tend to remember it better than if I read a transcript of the conversation. Even in video form, the audio explanation is what resonates most with me. Even in studying, I have never been much for reading and scouring textbooks for information, but listening comes naturally to me.

On the other side of the story, I have found that video content can have more success in attracting a large audience than written content.

That brings me to my poll question of the week:

How do you best absorb information?

(a) Reading written material
(b) Listening to audio material
(c) Writing notes
(d) Watching live or video material

As with all polls, this one is open for a week. So, vote early and often (the poll is on the sidebar). Tell your friends to vote (write them, call them, or if it works best, video conference them). I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.

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