How to retain your True Colors Training

Retaining True Colors Training Information

If you’ve recently taken a True Colors workshop, you’ve discovered your True Colors and learned what it takes to enhance your workplace relationships.  Hopefully you are using what you learned every day to help you and your team mates become more productive. 

The Learning Pyramid

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While preparing to write this post,  I had planned to share this learning pyramid to help explain how information is retained.   As you can see,  the pyramid breaks down different modes of learning and suggests that more active modalities are better for long-term learning.

However, as I dug a little deeper, I found very valid research that suggests that the information upon which this very popular learning pyramid was created did not refer to retention or learning and the associated percentages, making the validity of the model’s claim too questionable to use.


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

Strategies for making your training stick

In his book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell theorizes that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.  While 10,000 hours might seem daunting when it comes to mastering your True Colors knowledge and skills, I do believe the road to success is taken one step at a time.  So I’m suggesting the following practical strategies as a first step.  At the very least, they’ll help you retain your True Colors training, and  at best, you’ll be well on your way to achieving interpersonal mastery.


This strategy is powerful and requires self- discipline.  Rehearse what you learned whenever you have a quiet moment and feel you are in the mood to reflect.  Some research even goes so far as to suggest that rehearsal just prior to sleep is a powerful technique.

Note taking

Write out what you learned in your own words.  This will dramatically increase your comprehension and retention.  Then re-read what you’ve written a few times.  It’s important that you summarize and read what you’ve written as soon as you can after your training.  Researchers have found that if important information was contained in notes, it had a 34% chance of being remember Howe, 1970 and Atkinson, 1999).  Information not found in notes had only a 5% chance of being remembered.


Practice never goes unnoticed for long. When you practice consistently at something, it shows — whether you like it or not. So, make a list of the qualities you’d like to improve  and practice using them regularly and consistently.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers:  The Story of Success

Integrate True Colors into your everyday experiences

  • Promote your True Colors by putting your primary color on your name tag,  office door or desk.
  •  If you lead meetings, identify the attendees’ True Colors Spectrum on the agenda, e.g., John Brown (Gold, Orange, Blue, Green), or
  • Start every meeting by having participants remind their colleagues of their True Colors

In the end, it really doesn’t matter how you go about making your True Colors Training stick, what does matter is that you and your colleagues improve your ability to productively and successfully work together.

I’d love to hear your ideas for retaining  the information you learn, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Gillian Andries, is a Life and Career Coach and a certified True Colors facilitator  – Take a look at our True Colors Workshop options, then contact her to discuss your specific needs.