Students at Michigan Indian Education Council conference learn their “Real Color”

Real Colors workshop helps students understand personality preferences.

The Michigan Indian Education Council hosts an annual conference for adults and a simultaneous track for youth. The 2015 Native American Critical Issues Conference was held March 12, 2015 in Battle Creek at the Fire Keepers Hotel and Conference Center. Michigan State University Extension Educator Bethany Prykucki delivered a Real Colors educational workshop for youth at the start of the conference.

The Real Colors Personality Preference program included 30 participants. The Real Colors program is a user-friendly, practical way for participants to better understand their own personalities and prominent traits they possess. They gain valuable insight into the personality characteristics of others and why individuals might react to the same situation differently.

The Real Colors model of personality classification is easy to understand, remember and apply. Based on colors of blue, gold, green and orange, they simplify elaborate concepts of personality theory into a user-friendly, practical tool used to foster healthy and productive relationships. These tools help people learn to recognize, accept and value the differences in others while improving understanding, empathy and communication in themselves. These concepts are simple and can be used with youth audiences.

Topics on which youth concentrated included how to work with other personality preferences most effectively, what they will do differently now that they are aware of those differences , and recognizing the need to move into a different personality mode when working with others. Students commented on their evaluation that “Sometimes people forget other's differences. It is important to respect all” and “this session showed me that the way I think and others think is normal.”

The Michigan State University Extension Leadership and Community Engagement team offers professional development training, including volunteer board development, communicating through conflict, meeting management and facilitation skills development. To contact an expert in your area, visit the website or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464). 

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