The PlusOne Mastery Approach to Change
Tell me... show me... let me practice... coach me.
In attempting to change behavior it is important to look at an “old true and tried” principle of learning called the law of frequency. The law of frequency suggests that the more a person practices the correct and desired behavior, the higher the probability there is to use the desired behavior. This principle is often called “drill and practice”. Most coaches and movie directors use this technique to encourage their players or actors to practice under many different situations until they get it right and the behavior feels natural. Remember, practice makes permanent only, perfect practice makes perfect.
The key building block in using the law of frequency in training is to create what we call the PlusOne Mastery Learning Sequence:
- The sequence starts by learning the skill one step at a time while adding each new step to the preceding learned steps until all steps are mastered.
- The "chucking principle" is a key component of the Mastery Learning sequence. This principle suggests that a complex skill can be learned most efficiently when the skill is broken down into small parts. Each part is mastered separately and then the parts are practiced together adding one “chunk” at a time until all of the chunks are integrated and the complex skill is mastered
Presentation Training Example: When coaching a person to develop and present an effective speech, break the presentation down into manageable and logical steps; such as:
- a high energy, catchy and attention grabbing opening
- the body with three–four key points with relevant examples and applications
- an enthusiastic and compelling close.