Communicating In Color


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Communicating In Color

  1. 1. True Communication with True Colors & Color Lingo Communicating in Color
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Identify your own color communication style. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your client/friends/co-workers color communication style. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave with an understanding of HOW to use this knowledge in your future communications. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The History of True Colors & Color Styles Just where did True Colors & Color Styles come from? <ul><li>Watching human behavior and trying to understand the basis of personality can be traced at least as far back as 460 B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Hippocrates – 4 “humors”: Phlegmatic, Choleric, Melancholic, or Sanguine. </li></ul><ul><li>Carl Jung - noted that people displayed “functions” that also fell into one of four areas: Feeling, Thinking, Sensation, or Intuition. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Don Lowry , an educator - studied under Keirsey and immediately saw the potential for temperament theory to be applied in schools, business, and for everyday individuals to gain a deeper understanding of themselves. His genius was to assign each temperament an easy to remember color (Blue, Green, Gold, and Orange), simplified much of the complicated psychological language, and introduced the concept of a persons Color Spectrum – that we each have all of the temperaments within us, yet each person has a unique color order including how intensely each color “shines”. Don called this system “True Colors”, and it quickly became popular as it is easy to learn, remember, and immediately applicable. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Other “Applications” of the Color Typing System developed by Don Lowry <ul><li>True Colors by Mary Miscisin </li></ul><ul><li>What Color is your parachute by Richard Bolles </li></ul><ul><li>The Color Code by Taylor Hartman </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What can you use this for? </li></ul><ul><li>You can identify your style and those of others gives you insights to help you improve communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of trying to get others to change, recognize what you can do. </li></ul><ul><li>The next time you have an interaction with another person, notice what style is most dominant for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the suggested tips and experiment with which ones work best with each individual. Like learning to drive, it gets smoother and more automatic with practice. </li></ul>
  8. 8. BLUE Communication <ul><li>A Blue's world revolves around people, relationships, and fostering growth in themselves and others. When speaking, they first focus their attention on establishing a relationship or reconnecting with the person. The information they wish to convey is woven into this relationship-building endeavor. </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Empathetic  </li></ul><ul><li>Optimistic  </li></ul><ul><li>Expressive with Emotion  </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering or Maintaining Harmony  </li></ul><ul><li>May use metaphors to embellish points  </li></ul>
  9. 9. TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH BLUES <ul><li>Acknowledge Them  </li></ul><ul><li>Show Appreciation  </li></ul><ul><li>Include them  </li></ul><ul><li>Have patience  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't &quot;bark&quot; orders  </li></ul>
  10. 10. GOLD COMMUNICATION <ul><li>Golds are generally respectful and responsible. They listen for details so they know what their part is. They usually size up a situation for what would be most appropriate before responding. </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful </li></ul><ul><li>Plans Ahead  </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate  </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive of Policies and Rules  </li></ul><ul><li>Detail Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological  </li></ul><ul><li>Loyal </li></ul><ul><li>Devoted </li></ul>
  11. 11. TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH GOLDS <ul><li>Be Prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Give Details  </li></ul><ul><li>Stay on Target </li></ul><ul><li>be Consistent  </li></ul><ul><li>Show Respect  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't Interrupt  </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize Their Contributions </li></ul>
  12. 12. GREEN COMMUNICATION <ul><li>Greens for the most part, communicate for the purpose of gaining or sharing information. During a conversation, their attention is usually focused on the matter at hand, not on the relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Logical and Objective  </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Facts and Information  </li></ul><ul><li>Big Picture </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual  </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning </li></ul><ul><li>Critiquing   </li></ul><ul><li>Wry Sense of Humor </li></ul>
  13. 13. TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH GREENS <ul><li>Allow Them Time to Ponder  </li></ul><ul><li>Skip the &quot;small talk&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Redundancy  </li></ul><ul><li>Give Big Picture or Point first, then fill in details if asked  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't misinterpret their need for info as interrogation </li></ul>
  14. 14. ORANGE COMMUNICATION <ul><li>Generally, Oranges want to share their opinion the minute it hits their mind. Interested in taking action and being expedient, they may skip the softeners and go straight for the &quot;punch-line&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Casual, Playful  </li></ul><ul><li>Spontaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Now Oriented  </li></ul><ul><li>Fast-Paced </li></ul><ul><li>Changes Subjects Quickly  </li></ul><ul><li>Straightforward  </li></ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Involved </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul>
  15. 15. TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH ORANGES <ul><li>Use &quot;Sound Bites&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>Move with Them While They Multitask  </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate Their Flair  </li></ul><ul><li>Allow Options and Flexibility  </li></ul><ul><li>Lighten Up </li></ul>