Based on a recommendation from a colleague, in August of 2017, I traveled, at my own expense, to Ventura, California, to attend a workshop so that I could be certified as a facilitator for a program called: Real Colors®. Another adventure for me! I would be flying via Southwest Airlines through Las Vegas to the Burbank Airport. Then, I would take the train from Burbank to Ventura, Uber to the hotel, and attend the workshop for three days.
The workshop looked important to any attendee, as the objectives were to understand human behavior, uncover motivators to each temperament, and help improve communication with others. In the workshop, individuals would learn about themselves then how to best address communication to others of a different temperament.
The facilitator of the workshop explained the program. We knew we would be going through the entire program with related exercises to strengthen our facilitation skills. It actually took three days to unpack how to lead the three-hour trainings. I can appreciate and applaud the design, which ensured a good learning experience for us attendees and future facilitators.
In my participant materials, the focus was temperament theory. These folks have dedicated significant study to not only behavior but also how to assess human behavior. The materials elaborated, “Temperament Theory is a methodology for helping people understand human behavior. It helps people recognize, learn, and value the differences in others. Real Colors® is a tool to increase understanding, empathy, and communication.”
One of the exercises was to determine one’s primary and secondary colors. We answered a ten-question survey. A card in the materials described four temperaments, each with their own color. Blue was peaceful, spiritual, caring, and compassionate. Others were, Gold – who were sensible, practical, organized, and thorough. Greens were complex, curious, and independent; while Oranges were immediate, witty, spontaneous, and performers. One important consideration that was stressed is that everyone also has a secondary color. One behaves according to a number of factors, which includes the other colors.
One of the impactful features of the Real Colors® workshop is the exercises at the end of class to help with issues in communication and understanding of other colors. There can be individuals who have strong behavior characteristics. A resource for the facilitator to introduce to the learning audience is, “what to say or do by individual behavior.”
I had the opportunity to facilitate the workshop for the Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center Board of Trustees and staff. We laughed as we learned. I thought it was interesting that no PowerPoint slides are used.
Bret Olson, Executive Director of our Community Y was a participant. He shared, “Dr. John is a phenomenal presenter. He does a fantastic job of leading the Real Colors® program that identifies the type of person you are. This presentation is great for understanding your leadership and work skills and even better to help you understand the way that others work. I would highly recommend his training.”