Seldom is someone able to read a book, take a course, or watch a video and then apply a new skill perfectly on their first try. Learning isn’t a one-time event—it’s a process that spans a range of tools and time. The Tell, Show, Do, Review framework is a useful blueprint for designing effective learning.


Tell. First, tell learners what they need to know and why it’s important.

Show. Show learners how to practically apply what they’re learning and demonstrate the behaviors necessary for creating change.

Do. Have learners practice applying the skill in a safe, controlled environment where they can fail with little to no repercussions.

Review. Provide feedback to learners on their performance so they can continue to hone their skills and move from occasionally getting it right to always getting it right.