Frequently Asked Questions about True Colors

  • What is True Colors?

    True Colors was created by Don Lowry, and is a fun, informative, communication system that provides the keys to success. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the work of Dr. David Keirsey, True Colors offers a research-based approach to understanding human behavior and motivation. True Colors uses a metaphor of colors (gold, orange, blue, and green) to identify four distinct perspectives and personalities. The four True Colors constitute your character spectrum. Knowing your primary and secondary “color” will provide you with clues to your esteem, your strengths, joys, needs and what causes you stress and frustration. Once you begin to incorporate these concepts into daily language and experience, you are able to recognize and appreciate diversity and your own unique strengths and preferences, as well as those of people at work, school, and home. True Colors provides a clear, fundamental and universal way of translating complicated individual perspectives to help overcome the barriers to progress. This understanding improves collaboration, provides a way to strategize and organize work teams, helps increase individual and team productivity and recognition, and provides a way for decision-makers to utilize personality type in day-to-day management decisions.

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE WORKSHOP?

    The only thing participants need to bring with them is an open mind and a willingness to learn something new about themselves and their colleagues while having fun in the process.

  • How do I know if my facilitator is a certified True Colors trainer?

    The best way to determine if your True Colors Trainer is certified to deliver workshops is to look for the True Colors Certified logo on their website.  As well, a certified True Colors trainer will provide participants with Authentic True Colors workbooks.

  • What is the minimum number of attendees?

    If you want a workshop setting for your employees and to get the best value for your investment at least ten employees is recommended.  However we can customize a training for smaller groups.

  • What is the maximum number of attendees?

    True Colors workshops can be delivered to any number of participants however, to ensure a quality participant experience, 50 is generally the largest group I would recommend at any one time.

  • How much does a workshop cost?

    Each workshop is priced differently based on the number of participants and whether the workshop will be half a day or a whole day.  Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

  • How long do the workshops take?

    Workshops can take as little as 3 hours or as long as 7 hours.

  • Can a workshop be modified to run in an hour or two?

    We can certainly create a custom presentation in a two hour window, and these sessions are typically for small groups.

  • Does my entire team have to participate in the workshop?

    Ideally, it would be a good thing to have all team members present, because the learning they will receive is going to introduce a new ‘shared language’ and cause a change in behavior that could create the feeling of exclusion for those who don’t attend.

    Also see my post on participation

  • Are there any pre-requisites?

    Yes and No.  All True Colors workshops begin with the Personal Success Session.  Personal Success is a stand alone workshop but also forms the foundation of the True Colors Communication and True Colors Teambuilding Workshops.

  • I’ve done True Colors in the past, do my colors change?

    As you grow, and become more aware of yourself and others, you may notice that you are able to draw on some of the characteristics of the colors you didn’t closely identify with in the past.

  • Do you offer workshops outside of the Edmonton area?

    Yes.  Travel and accommodation fees may apply.

  • If we’ve never taken True Colors before which Training should we take first?

    True Colors Keys to Personal Success.

  • What materials will I receive?

    Every participant receives a workshop specific Authentic True Colors Workbook.

  • Can the workshop be done online?

    Not at the moment but we are developing an on-line e-course.  However individuals can take an online assessment – which is a great way to learn more about yourself immediately.  Contact me if you’d be interested in taking our e-course

  • What happens after the workshop?

    Participants will receive a True Colors Workshop e-minder every month for 12 months following their Workshop.  The purpose of the eminder is to help reinforce the learning.

  • What type of organizations request a True Colors Workshop?

    Typically, large and small business, Schools, Non Profits, Federal, Provincial and Municipal government departments and agencies, and even Sports Teams.

  • What’s the difference between True Colors and Myers Briggs?

    True Colors is a personality assessment tool based on the work of Myers-Briggs and David Keirsey that was created to translate the somewhat complicated personality and learning theory into a simpler format.

    Myers Briggs measures psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions and uses 16 personality types to describe those preferences.

    The four True Colors (gold, green, blue and orange correspond to the four temperament types of the MBTI: SP (sensible playful), SJ (sensible judicious), NT (intuitive thinking) and NF (intuitive feeling), respectively.

    Also see my post on Myers-Briggs

  • Will my Myers Briggs Personality Profile be the same as a True Colors profile?

    While True Colors isn’t as broken down as Myers-Briggs, it can be compared to the four temperaments that the 16 types are divided into.

  • Will True Colors help improve my written communications?

    Yes, there are a number of strategies for helping to improve written communication.

  • Do I have to find a location for the workshop? And what about catering

    Most clients secure their meeting space and organize their own catering.   However, if you would like me to arrange the meeting space and organize catering that can certainly be included in our contract

  • Have I missed a question that you’d like answered?

    If there’s a question that you’d like answered, contact me and I’ll be sure to add it to this FAQ post.