In this highly interactive and engaging professional development session, participants focused on communication and interpersonal skills that can be utilized to raise self-awareness around behaviors and personality. By exploring these key skills, they gained an understanding of how to better connect and interact with colleagues and clients.
- Rebecca Bales
- Session was based on the Lumina Spark system and provided an interactive experience for attendees to identify their interaction and communication styles in interpersonal relationships.
- Blue characteristics: organized, observing, reliable, objective, evidence-based. A “blue” needs to have data before making a decision; keeps their office and meetings organized and is always on time.
- Green characteristics: intimate, collaborative, empathetic, empowering, accommodating. A “green” prefers one-on-one communications and cares about how decisions affect their team; greens trust people to do the right thing.
- Yellow characteristics: imaginative, creative, spontaneous, sociable, demonstrative. A “yellow” loves social opportunities and works best when ideas are flowing, and they are given the liberty to try new approaches.
- Red characteristics: purposeful, direct, bold, competitive, takes charge. Reds prefer concise, direct communications and will seek information as needed.
- One way to assess the style of another person is to “speed read” by paying attention to the individual’s body language, choice of words, and tone of voice. A person’s office environment can also provide clues to how they prefer to interact.
- Tips for influencing the various color types:
- Provide BLUES with time to think and let them know about the security of the investment or opportunity. Provide agendas and pre-read materials in advance so they are able to prepare. Ask probing questions to understand concerns.
- Develop trust with GREENS and understand they are operating on what is best for the family. Ask for their opinion and listen attentively.
- The use of stories about how your solution has benefited others works well with YELLOWS. Help them understand their importance and ask questions about their future perspective.
- Get to the point quickly with REDS. Ask them to summarize what they like/don’t like about the proposal and be bold and confident about how this will benefit their goals.
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