Knowledge vs. skill: What’s the difference?

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As a learning and development professional, you know your job isn’t as simple as just getting the right information in front of the right people. Or even getting people to understand the information once they’ve got it.

When it comes to employee training, there’s a big difference between knowledge and skill. Even the best of courses can fall short if you fail to help people move from knowing the right thing to do to actually doing it.

Your goal with any training is to impact learners’ behavior. So you want to ensure your strategy helps bridge the gap between knowing and doing.

What’s the catch with knowledge vs. skill? We’ll help you get started with tips for moving learners from knowing to doing. So, let’s begin by defining the difference between knowledge and skill.

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