APTI Micro Bulletin 1

APTi is pleased to continually bring you individual articles from the Bulletin of Psychological Type! These small, easy-to-read pieces will arrive in your inbox as the “APTi Micro-Bulletin”. As an APTi member you will receive these periodic articles from the current issue of the Bulletin of Psychological Type and some of the most popular past articles. Enjoy!



The Preferences and Aspects of Counselling

By Rowan Bayne

(This article was originally published in the Winter 1992 Bulletin of Psychological Type, Vol. 15 No. 1)

The table below suggests links between each of the pairs of preferences in psychological type theory and aspects of being a counsellor. It is experimental, but a more complicated version has been used successfully in the USAfor teaching interviewing skills to nursing and medical students (Heinrich & Pfeiffer, 1989). I adapted their approach, first for selection interviewer training (Bayne, 1990), and then (below) for counsellor training. Heinrich and Pfeiffer use their version of the table as a framework for giving and receiving feedback. I have used it so far in a series of same-preference groups as a framework for discussing ourselves as interviewers or counsellors.

The model of counselling which emerges (or at least seems to emerge) from this application of type is a problem-management one of the kind associated with Egan (1975 & 1990). In its initial and simpler version, which I find the most useful, this model suggests three broad stages of counselling: 1) helping clients explore their reactions to a problem; 2) if necessary, helping the client see the problem in a different way; and 3) if necessary, helping the client take action.

Key terms in this model are, in Stage 1, Support (empathy, acceptance); in Stage 2, Challenge (new perspectives); and in Stage 3, Action (goal-setting). These stages and the skills associated with them all appear as likely strengths and weaknesses of particular preferences and almost in the order of the conventional type formula.

The table applies the twist in type theory: that strengths tend to have corresponding weaknesses. The main general principle is to develop and confirm your own type’s strengths first and most, and then to add, and to a lesser extent, the strengths of the other preferences.

Likely strengths Likely aspects to work on
E · Helping the client explore a wide

· range of issues

· Easy initial contact

· Thinking “on feet

· Paraphrasing* more

· Using silence

· Helping client explore issues in sufficient depth

· Reaching the action stage too early

I · Helping the client explore a few issues in depth

· Reflecting on strategies, etcetera

· Using silence

· Helping the client move to action

· Helping client explore all relevant issues

· Ease of initial contact

S · Observing details

· Being realistic

· Helping client decide on practical action plans

· Taking the overall picture into account

· Brainstorming (strategies, challenges, and actions)

· Using hunches

N · Seeing the overall picture

· Brainstorming

· Using hunches

· Being specific

· Testing hunches

· Helping client decide on practical action plans

T · Being objective

· Challenging (i.e., from counsellor’s frame of reference)

· “Picking up” feelings

· Being empathic (i.e., from client’s frame of reference)

· Being warmer

· Challenging in a timely way (not prematurely)

F · Being warm

· Being empathic

· Taking thoughts into account, as well as feelings

· Coping with conflict and “negative” feelings

· Being more objective

· Challenging in a timely way (not too slowly)

J · Being organised

· Being decisive

· Helping client to make decisions in a timely way (not prematurely)

· Being flexible

P · Being spontaneous

· Being flexible

· Being organised (keeping to time & structure of session)

· Helping client to make decisions in a timely way (not too slowly)

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Autumn Newsletter

To register for the conference, please use this link:
Friday Night
Friday Night will start with a fun informative workshop , Easily Wired — Networking with No Unnatural Acts — featuring Irene Anderson, our OAAAPT President.  With over 17 years of experience in corporate Canada before opening her own coaching/facilitating business four years ago, Irene has learned a lot about networking.
Irene is often the one who introduces speakers at the conference, but  the Board finally persuaded her to agree to be the one on the podium sharing her wealth of knowledge.  We’re excited for you to hear some of the information she has always readily shared with us behind the scenes. Irene’s philosophy is an all encompassing one : when one of us succeeds we all do!
Have you ever been to a How To Network Session that just made you want to run the other way?  Probably because you realized your not-so-strong points in selling yourself.  Well this time you will discover a way that you can use your talents and abilities so you will be a natural the next time you talk about your business/career.
So, whether you are an employee, an employer, or an entrepreneur we know that you will benefit from learning how to use your innate temperament to create even more success.  Come have some fun getting to know how to enjoy networking, followed by a wine and cheese reception.   To attend Friday night or the entire conference, please follow this link.
Saturday Event
Saturday features a well known member of OAAPT family, Scott Campbell.  His workshop — Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Exploring the Hidden Forces that Shape Them is the direct result of conference attendees last year asking for more on the topic of neuroscience. Before you glaze over, if you were not here last year, Scott brings you the new findings in a way that you will enjoy and relate to as a type and /or or temperament facilitator.
Scott focuses on the notion of  understanding yourself and others better with the knowledge of how personality type plays a role when you are confronted with making a choice. Have you ever noticed, for example, how the grocery store has different music at different times of the day?  Do you think that is random? Think again. It is based on studies of how people shop and who is shopping at the time of the day usually.  For example, I was in a drugstore on Seniors’ day and remarked on the music which was different that day at that time than usual.  Want to know her answer?  She said, “Well on Seniors day our research told us that the majority of the shoppers between specific hours are boomers, so we play the music from their era.  They like it and so they buy more.” No kidding!
If you’d like to know and understand about how we all make decisions, Scott will bring us all up to date on the research and its affects.
Type Horoscopes
by Nancy Tavares-Jones

The autumn holds a lot of promise for you, dear blue.  Journaling will be a large part of your autumn this year, as you reflect on the busy year so far.  Take the time to enjoy the outdoors while reflecting on your year.  Perhaps capture the essence of this year’s autumn by pressing some colourful flowers and leaves into your journal!

The cooler days won’t be stopping you, action-packed orange!  Despite the cooler temperatures, an action packed autumn of hiking, photography and travelling is in your future.  Enjoy the bright colours and the cooler temperatures carefully—safety can sometimes go out the window when enjoying your days.  Otherwise, nursing bumps and bruises will be spent during a large majority of your autumn days!

Preparing for the long winter months is in your future, organized gold.  Packing the wardrobes of summer and preparing for the cooler days will be at the forefront of your mind this fall.  Double check your list, purchase more storage bins and enjoy the transition.  This is going to be an enjoyable venture for you, as the days grow shorter, your enjoyment for transition will grow larger!

The cooler days of autumn will be ripe with star gazing this autumn, inquisitive green! There is no doubt you will be enjoying “Astronomy Day” on October 20th, by gazing out and enjoying the sights that the Milky Way has to offer us.  My crystal ball says you will catch a glimpse of a falling star (or two)!

You are NOT a Robot!
by Irene Anderson

I don’t often read the newspaper – too full of bad news, but recently something caught my eye in the National Post. The book review of Sam Harris’ “Free Will” – YOU, ROBOT. It made such an impact on me, I just had to share my thoughts and opinions.

In his book, Harris suggests that because our brains are hard wired at birth and new studies in brain development show us that we are influenced by our experiences, that we in fact have no ‘free will’ or no choice over our actions. He states – Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control.” 

Geez if that were the case, most of us would simply get up every day and do whatever we want to do, with no consideration for the social norms or customs we have created – in a word anarchy. Who would pay the bills? Look after the kids? Get an education?

I have an urge to spend every day walking the beach and doing nothing, contemplating the universe – oh well I guess that’s my brain telling me I’m hard wired to do so. What an excuse for not taking responsibility!

More frighteningly, Harris suggests that criminals are hard wired to do what they do, suggesting that they have no control over their actions – what bunk! Why is it that some people who have been exposed to abuse in childhood choose to heal themselves and take a more positive approach to life, while others use the  experience to repeat the abuse? The simple answer is choice – the action of laying down new neural pathways in the brain to wire your brain to do things differently. It’s about consciously taking on and repeating new and more positive behaviours, ones that serve us as opposed to keeping us safe.

What Harris talks about is true, we have a reptilian brain that is instinctual (fight or flight), we have a limbic brain that runs purely on emotion (highly influenced by our life experience,) the third brain is our rational brain, the brain that we are capable of connecting to that stops us from acting on the impulses of the other two brains. Indeed we do have ‘free will’, if we learn how to access that rational brain. It tells us all the time what we ‘should’ be doing as opposed to what we always do. This would suggest that we are not in fact ROBOTS, but intelligent beings capable of creating new behaviours that are positive.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, I often get asked does our type or temperament change over time? Is it influenced by abuse, or psychological trauma? Are some people pre-disposed to crime?

Come join us at the OAAPT annual conference (our speaker is Scott Campbell – “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.”) to hear more about Neuroscience and the impact upon type and temperament.

 Facilitator Tip
by Terry Maynard

I set up the room with different colour of refreshments in each corner by the picture card posters. As people arrive I have music playing and ask them to read the instructions on the slide and remain in the corner of their choice. Once everyone arrives I introduce the purpose of the Party Game and have each person share why the chose their picture card. This then provides an nice segue-way to the workshop introduction. (I guess you can tell I’m a strong Resourceful-Orange facilitator!).

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Summer Type Horoscopes

Type Summer Horoscopes
Madame Nancy Tavares-Jones

(Not a legitimate Fortune Teller…)


Blues (NF):  The summer holds some very exciting and caring things for you dear Blue!  Go ahead and embrace the sunshine by stopping to smell the roses, and enjoying time with loved ones.  Those lovely days ahead will also allow you to try some new things such as yoga, creative writing or photography!  Don’t let the lovely sunshine get away from you this summer, and exercise those creative muscles!

Golds (SJ):  The warm months have some special plans for you dear Gold!  Spring cleaning will now be framed as “summer” cleaning as your desire for organization and de-cluttering shouts to be heard!  Dust out that basement or attic and hold that garage sale you’ve always wanted.  You’ll get clean, organized and make a few dollars too!

Oranges (SP):  Trying a new adventure appears to be in the stars for you, adventurous Orange!  Try that new adventure you’ve been secretly yearning to try…kayaking, white water rafting, bungie jumping or the new CN Tower skywalk!  Whatever you do this summer, be safe and have fun!

Greens (NT):  There is no doubt you have already enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of Venus transiting over the sun a few weeks ago, curious Greens!  Your sci-fi tastes buds were only partially satiated; so why not continue with a trip to see the planetarium shows at the Toronto Science Centre or visit the University of Toronto’s live Planetarium shows?  The stars will shine brightly for you this summer, and you can see them shining back at you if you go!

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OAAPT Summer Newsletter

Hello OAAPT Members!

The OAAPT Board hopes you are having a fantastic summer so far.  The weather has been wonderful and we are truly excited about the events coming up on the OAAPT calendar!  Check out this summer’s newsletter, and feel free to contact any of us with questions, comments and feedback.  We love hearing from you!

Retirement: The “R” Word
By:  Kate Jones
When I first worked with Boomers who had been let go, restructured, downsized, or whatever other euphemism for “You no longer have a job”, it was clear that most did not want to discuss or even think of the word retirement.  One woman actually told me, “That’s what my mother is … retired!”  It was not for her. It was in fact the “R” word.

If I talk to younger people they have the notion that retirement  is something that their parents (or grandparents) should discuss.  Retirement for them is just too far into the distant future and the future is sometimes a scary thing. 

Eventually the discussions lead to “finances”.  That is not always a good word either. No matter what the age group.

Have you noticed In the past few years that many financial planners run retirement seminars? A colleague of mine, Susan House, a Financial Consultant with Investors Group Inc., runs regular financial planning seminars. These seminars include all aspects of planning, including the topic of retirement.  Susan highlights the components of your financial plan that need the most attention prior to retirement (i.e., wills, charitable gift planning, relocation).

But what about the lifestyle side of retirement?  How do you know what kind of finances you need if you have no real plan for that first Monday when you no longer go to work, as you know it.

How do we start looking at retirement with joy, with enthusiasm, and with the notion that it is just another chapter in our life’s journey book?

I recently found a book entitled “The modern grandparent’s handbook.” by Dr Georgia Witkin.  It got me thinking about “the modern retiree”. 

What does retirement from a life-long vocation/career look like for the modern retiree?  What opportunities, lifestyles, jobs, and / or programs are available?

For example, Sheridan College’s Elder Research Centre is running summer programs that are part of an ongoing research project that explores the benefits of arts-based physical activity on the health and well-being of older adults. The modern retiree can choose between Latin Dancing or Taekwondo. 

What might the Authentic Blue (NFs) choose?  What about the Resourceful Oranges (SPs)? Or the Organized Golds (SJs)? Or the Inquiring Greens (NTs)?

So often people say to me that they just don’t know what they will do. My response goes something like this: “Ah but you just don’t know that you know. You just need a little help getting started!”

Some know their innate type and or temperament. Others don’t, so I suggest an assessment tool that I am proud to have been part of called Retirement Dimensions™. With the knowledge of their given talents and abilities their journey ahead starts to take a little shape. Their fear of the “R” word begins to dissipate.

For example, a sample activity some NFs have mentioned is volunteering in a pediatrics unit. Some SPs tell us they  like building props or scenery for theatre. Some SJs enjoy helping new Canadians settle by providing ESL classes. And a few NTs like acting as consultants in an industry they know well.

Retirement from one’s vocation/career does not have to be nebulous; it just needs a guide!

Upcoming Research with Type:  Are there Over-Representations of Jungian Traits in Online Gamers?

With the advent of the internet, it has become much easier for individuals to communicate and play games with others around the world online.  For some, communicating and playing games online are unattractive, while others appear particularly drawn to this form of technology. This begs the question, “Are there some personality types which prefer this type of communication and online gaming?”

Over the summer, I will be conducting my thesis research examining this very question with residents of Second Life ™.  Second Life ™ is a three-dimensional, virtual world where residents can visit, explore and communicate with other residents.  Residents customize an avatar (a three-dimensional virtual representation of the user) and travel to different virtual communities. 

Utilizing a very generous donation from Career Life/Skills Resources, I will be administering a demographic survey along with the Majors PTI™ to online residents to determine their “best fit” and actual Majors PTI™ personality trait.  I will also be comparing my results to population norms to determine if there are overrepresentations of each of the dichotomies.  To date, there is a significant gap in academic journals looking at personality traits of online gamers.  This information could be extremely helpful to mental health professionals who deal with online addictions, as well as educators who utilize online technologies such as Second Life™ to deliver their course material. 

Watch for the results in an upcoming Personality Compass newsletter for the results of this research!

Nancy Tavares-Jones, B.Sc., M.C. (Cand.) is a practising psychotherapist in Toronto, Ontario.  She is currently completing her thesis for her Masters of Counselling Psychology degree program at Athabasca University.  Her research interests include psychometric assessments and their applications, psychoanalytic theory, personality theory and understanding the concept of “identity” in actual and virtual worlds.  She has been a resident of Second Life since 2011.  For additional information, visit her at www.LifePathways.ca.

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Introversion Extraversion explained by Hile Rutledge

Check out the video series by Hile, explaining the dichotomy of Extraversion, Introversion.

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Blow up Those Bridges!

Do you have a belief, a habit or a behaviour that you want to change? Is there something in your life or career that simply is not working for you, but you just can’t seem to change it? You keep going back to doing what you know? We all do it! Sometimes, we can see the signs clearly – yet we hang in expecting a different result. In your career it might be settling for a job or position for the money, even although you know you can reach for bigger and better things. In your life, it may mean adopting a way of communicating that clearly is getting you poor results, yet you just don’t know how to break the cycle and adopt change. Sadly, many of us try to change habits, beliefs and behaviours, but we end up going back to what feels safe.

Blow up that Bridge! Yes! I mean it. Contrary to what your Mamma told you it is OK to burn your bridges.  In order to re-write your new destiny – you need to examine what’s not working and stop doing it before your new behaviour will stick. You get to create your future, and it requires adopting a mindset that will take you to your desired destination.  Our brains operate mostly in the sub-conscious, where all the socialization, personality type and behaviours are stored – that’s why we keep going back, it’s familiar and it has worked for us in the past. Bringing your thoughts into the conscious mind, and thinking rationally about your decisions and behaviour can be the first step in the journey toward the desired change. It’s about being totally self aware at all times, and adjusting behaviour as you go.

Ok, positive talk is good, but that’s all it is – talk! You can walk around for years being a positive talker and sounding really successful (trust me guilty as charged) –yet somehow things don’t change. That’s because you need to re-wire your brain to accept the new behaviour and that means getting rid of the old and adopting the new. Next time you use your word processor, try asking it in a positive way to balance your books or create a presentation – go on, really try. Positive re-enforcement works right? Wrong! It’s not programmed into the software, so it just won’t happen. The same is true for your brain, you need to re-program, change the program before the new belief or behaviour will stick.  Easily done right? Not so easy, it’s going to take a conscious effort to really look at what’s working, what’s not and having a clear plan. Here’s a fun way to look at a current behaviour and start the change process (baring all here, this is my own example):

Current Reality (make it specific) Current Behaviours Current Outcome
e.g. I started writing a book/eBook and in 6 months have not completed anything


Procrastination, limiting beliefs, distractions deliberate or otherwise. Missing income source, missing speaking opportunities, missing out on list building


Do this for every behaviour or belief that is holding you back… Questions to ask?

Why are you sabotaging yourself?

What is possible for you if you complete your book?

What fear comes up for you if you complete your book?

What Bridge can you Blow up right now that is not working for you?

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“Talking In Colour” Conference, November 2011

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October Newsletter

Type Syndromes and Walking the Talk! 
By:  Jonathan Hughes

As type practitioners, a part of any workshop is often to guide our participants away from the common pitfalls, prejudices and stereotypes that can arise, and towards recognizing the value of all types. For example,  ‘those with a preference for Inquiring Green like to analyze but they can also make quick and decisive decisions when needed’, ‘Authentic Blues like to create harmony but they can also make difficult people-related decisions when needed’; and my favourite  ‘Type should not be an excuse!’.

What is interesting, is that when a participant becomes clear about their Personality Type or Dimension they often then fall into one of a couple of syndromes.

The first is that they see the world through their lens and assume everyone else sees life through the same lens. This lens which focuses on their own type, creates conflict when others react in different ways, we might consider that we have become ‘colour blind’. Linda Berens labels this “BLM” syndrome; that we approach life from the perspective that everyone is and should ‘Be Like Me’.

The second affliction, which for me is actually more severe, Linda labels ‘BLT’. No not ‘Bacon Lettuce and Tomato’, but ‘Be Like Them’. That we actually consider ourselves less worthy than others and we therefore diminish our own style and try to take on the styles of others. This often results in a severe loss of energy and mounting stress.

It’s clear that for us to work at our greatest capacity and create exceptional results, it is imperative to understand our own type, embrace it, and yet also welcome the diversity that we have with others and the value that they bring. When we do this, we actually give ourselves the right and power to make the energy shift between dimensions when we might need to, and we do so from a place that is far less stressful.

As practitioners, we must set a good example and demonstrate the merits of all types/dimensions.  A good test in a workshop is when participants inevitably try to guess the type of the facilitator.  If the guesses are varied and often incorrect, it is likely that the facilitator has done a good job of positively demonstrating all preferences equally.

One caution for us all; if we truly believe in our type product then we must live and breathe type in everything we do. This year at the conference I will be presenting on Dimension Shift: Putting Personality to Work; making sure for our workshop participants that we are not just helping them learn about personality but we are also supporting them in putting personality to work moving forward. One of the exercises we utilize is looking at how we can market Personality Dimensions to our own internal or external customers. It’s interesting how many light bulbs often go off in such seminars with the realisation of how we can use personality type in our own work, i.e. walk the talk!

So, are you putting personality to work?

So, You Want to be Successful?
By: Angelo Di Giorgio
What would you do if you can only succeed? Be honest. Would you begin to live your life more fully and do what you have always wanted to do? Would you notice the many possibilities and opportunities that surround you each and every day? How about choosing to work in a satisfying and enriching role full of positive and meaningful interactions? Sound unattainable? Think again because now is the right time to spread your wings and give your career new life.
Choosing a fulfilling role and immersing yourself in a winning work environment might seem like a less-than-easy task. However, if you knew that such can be achieved sooner than later, what would you do? Success-minded individuals would jump at the opportunity and learn more about how to make it happen. It begins with you – learning your own preferences including your temperament, personality type, interests, aptitudes, transferable skills and workplace values. Isn’t it time to re-discover and re-assess what is most important to you?
It is one thing to talk about success, it is another to actually live it and make it a part of your everyday. I know it requires courage and persistence and risk, too. But is it not worth taking a risk and being persistent and demonstrating courage for the sake of living fully and reaching your ultimate potential? Just imagine the freedom, creativity and passion that may result because of your simple action and mindset to succeed. Isn’t it time to let go of the old ways of thinking and embrace the new ways of working? Besides, wouldn’t you rather work to live rather than live to work? What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Love may be elusive to some but very real to many others. Confucius once said, ‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’. To me that is synonymous with winning a lottery. We all want to hit the jackpot, right? The good news is that we all have an equal opportunity to succeed and achieve our goals. Get ready and set to win big, that is if you choose to learn more about yourself, decide to live your life goals and passions and most important, love who you are and what you do, everyday!
Angelo Di Giorgio is the Principal and Managing Director of CareerDynamics.ca, a Toronto-based learning and development firm specializing in career development and change management. He can be reached at angelo@careerdynamics.ca or 416.245.2076. Experience the dynamic difference and begin moving toward success, today!

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Summer Newsletter

So You Think You Can Coach?

For the first time in OAPPT history, Irene Anderson, our current President,  joins forces with OAAPT board member Paul Chatterton to deliver what promises to be a dynamic presentation. While both are certified coaches, they bring two different perspectives: Irene runs her own company, Discovery Works!,  while Paul acts as consultant for the LCBO.

Time is running out to register for

So You Think You Can Coach…

Dance in the moment with your clients, Discover the power of integrating Type and Temperament into your coaching that helps create new directions for your clients.

Presented by: Paul Chatterton & Irene Anderson

 Limited spaces remaining!

Yes You Can Coach! Discover the secrets that all coaches know and learn proven methods of moving your clients forward from paralysis into action. Irene Anderson and Paul Chatterton will share many coaching techniques to help you create your own dance. 

• Learn how to LISTEN for the inner voices (Inner Coach, Inner Critic). Who’s in the driver’s seat?

• No JUDGING! LEARN how to work with your client’s agenda, still your inner voices and LISTEN on a deep level. LEARN self management techniques.

• BE CURIOUS! Discover Type and Temperament behaviours that may become barriers.

• UNLOCK your inner leader. LEARN how to build accountability into your coaching.

• LEARN the art of asking POWERFUL questions that will help your clients uncover and explore CHOICES.

• What’s POSSIBLE? Get out of your Type or Temperament

This will be an interactive – hands on session – come prepared to coach and be coached! And give and take feedback.

Paul Chatterton is a Consultant with the Leadership & Organizational Development Department of the LCBO; he is also a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a Personality Type and Temperament facilitator, utilizing the MajorsPTI and Personality Dimensions.

Irene Anderson cc Career Coach, Facilitator, author is Director of DiscoveryWorks! Coaching and Training. Irene’s passion is helping people maximize their performance both individually and in teams.  Irene has extensive experience in Personal Development and Leadership.

  September 14th, 2011

North York Civic Centre – Toronto

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Call Neil in the OAAPT office at 905-760-1339 to reserve your space, or click here to download the registration form.

OAAPT Annual Conference: Talking In Type

November 4 – 5, 2011,  Stage West All Suite Hotel, 5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga
Join us for a show-stopping event featuring many top facilitators in the field. This is one conference you really don’t want to miss.  For more details and inspiration, visit the conference website at www.talkingincolour.com

Annual Conference Opening Keynote Speaker Spotlight

Personality Type — It’s All  in Your Head — with Scott Campbell
Many of us know Scott as a very active member of the OAAPT community. He has been Board President, Master of Ceremonies, and frequent seminar leader.  This time he will kick off the Conference Saturday morning with a topic that so fascinates him it is contagious.  We asked Scott if he could provide us with a taste of what’s to come. Click to read Scott’s article called It’s Not Brain Science and enjoy!

Annual Conference Morning Workshop Leaders Spotlight!

Communicating Successfully in the Workplace — with Dr. Susan Geary and Anne Bulstrode
No strangers to the OAAPT community these two dynamic women co-authored the book, “Colour Savvy: Helping You Achieve Success in Your Work Life”. 

Book Review by Kate Jones
Click Colour Savvy Review to read more about Colour Savvy!

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June Newsletter

So You Think You Can Coach?
With Irene Anderson and Paul Chatterton
Save the Date:  September 14, 2011

Dance  in the moment with your clients, Discover the power of integrating Type and Temperament into your coaching that helps create new directions for your clients.

Yes You Can Coach! Discover the secrets that all coaches know and learn proven methods of moving your clients forward from paralysis into action. Irene Anderson and Paul Chatterton will share many coaching techniques to help you create your own dance.

  • Learn how to LISTEN for the inner voices (Inner Coach, Inner Critic). Who’s in the driver’s seat?
  • No JUDGING! LEARN how to work with your client’s agenda, still your inner voices and LISTEN on a deep level. LEARN self management techniques.
  • BE CURIOUS! Discover Type and Temperament behaviours that may become barriers.
  • UNLOCK your inner leader. LEARN how to build accountability into your coaching.
  • LEARN the art of asking POWERFUL questions that will help your clients uncover and explore CHOICES.
  • What’s POSSIBLE? Get out of your Type or Temperament Box – Unlock your intuition to help shift perspectives.

This will be an interactive – hands on session – come prepared to coach and be coached!  And give and take feedback.

Please note: This workshop will assume that participants have a basic understanding of type and temperament theory. If you don’t, but would still like to attend, please make sure that prior to the course you read Understanding Yourself and Others: An Introduction to Temperament by Linda V. Berens (available from Career/Life Skills Resources).

Conference Facilitator Spotlight!
Learner and Facilitation Styles
Facilitators: Michael Tudor & Larry Konyu

In corporate and educational settings, effective training and development is essential to meeting strategic objectives and learning outcomes. We know that an understanding of personality or temperament theory is a very effective tool in facilitating and positively affirming self-discovery regardless of the environment.

Using Personality Dimensions® as the vehicle by which facilitators will be able to design and implement workshops to work more effectively with their participants. In this highly interactive workshop, through self-discovery methods, you will learn how each personality/temperament type prefers to learn and to be taught in a presentation.

In addition, learning/teaching methodologies from master theorists like David Kolb and Bernice McCarthy will be paired with your knowledge of Personality Dimensions® to provide you with the ultimate tools to plan and deliver workshops that make a lasting and positive impact.

In this humourous, engaging session, based on hundreds of PD workshops, you will be introduced to your own learning and facilitation styles and how you might be able to tweak them to give you that value added component your participants will appreciate.

Be sure to sign up for Michael and Larry’s session here.

Book Review:  SPLASH! An Introvert’s Guide to Being Seen, Heard and Remembered by Carole Cameron
by Kate Jones

Splash by its very name sets the reader up for a swimming analogy, which Cameron delivers consistently throughout her fun, practical, and helpful guide for introverts.  It is not a survival guide; it is a tool introverts can use to form new habits in order to create better life experiences for themselves. Carole, an introvert herself, asks the reader to complete the “Splash test” that confirms introversion. By the time I read through her list, I was actually chuckling because this captures the introvert in a humourous, yet authentic way. I know because I am one! Carole’s swimming analogy continues as she describes “bathing suits” in four different colours. You guessed it, in her innovative way, Carole introduces temperament theory, describing the four types of introverts, including what each looks like when out of energy. The whole point of Splash is not to let introverts off the hook because they feel they are swimming upstream and have to work harder than extraverts. Instead, this self-professed introvert encourages other introverts to look at themselves in “the reflection pool” and polish their image in order to be better seen, heard and remembered. This book is about professional development for the introvert, so they can make a splash whenever they choose to dive into the public forum. But before diving in, a new swimmer must first dip his/her big toe into the water. Carole gently leads her fellow introverts into the water through her five practical strategies. First, introverts must decide to wear their particular “bathing suit” with confidence; that is, decide to use the strengths, talents, abilities, etc of our temperament to their advantage. The author continues to guide  introverts through her next three strategies towards success: how introverts can make connections, how they can create positive attitudes, and how they can choose to manage their energy level. Finally, she encourages them to make the changes required, which may even be finding a “new pond”. Every so often one comes across a little gem; for introverts who want to create a buzz when they walk into the room, Splash is that little gem. Take the plunge and read the book! Splash is available to order from amazon.ca, or direct from the publisher at www.clsr.ca. Don’t forget to check out Carole’s Splash website at www.make-a-splash.ca.

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