Tip #23: Create a motivational environment: Interest
The fifth motivational training technique is Interest. We tend to want to learn what interests us, so it is up to the instructor to select content, learning exercises, and learning environments that capture the learners’ interest.
Interest in the learning task has been demonstrated to affect a learner’s intention to learn. The instructor can promote interest in two ways. First, the instructor can use the learners’ interest in themselves. Second, the material can be made more interesting by accentuating the novel or vivid; that which is different or unexpected.
Example: Relate the material to be learned to the learners’ lives. Use learners’ names and examples that refer to the learners’ experiences. Change the instructor’s voice or position in the room, change training methods, move from instructor decisions to learner decisions, from hand-out to overhead.