Facilitating Interaction Styles Self-Discovery

Are you getting the most out of the “red book”, Understanding Yourself and Others, an Introduction to Interaction Styles 2.0, when you use it to help your clients discover their best-fit Interaction Style?  Are you using the material in the book to the best advantage?

Here are some suggestions for using the book to facilitate basic self-discovery: 

Exploring Your Interaction Style

In a workshop, this activity on page 7 is a great way to start the Interaction Styles self-discovery session. After some time for individual reflection, we typically have participants pair and share to discuss their insights and identify patterns of behavior.  Participants sometimes ask the meaning of the fourth question, “Where did you position yourself in relation to the group?”  You can suggest roles like leader, facilitator, recorder, teacher, cheer leader, observer as some ideas of different possible positions within a group.

You might choose to have participants look at the bullet point lists of characteristics on page 8 to explore their Interaction Style. These lists are the basis for the PowerPoint slides that go with The Guide for Facilitating the Self-Discovery Process

The Self Portraits

The best description of each style is the SELF-PORTRAIT found on the narrative description pages – pages 10, 12, 14, and 16. These are written in the language of the style so they often provide the best input for recognizing one’s own style.  Be sure to give your workshop participants and your individual client’s time to read and reflect.

The Arrows – a Graphic Representation to Describe the Pattern

Giving participants’ time to understand the make-up of the arrows will make the graphic much more useful and dynamic. The information along both sides of pages 24 and 25 will help describe how the arrows were constructed. On the next 8 pages (26-33) the content of the arrows is expanded upon – good reading as participants continue to settle on their best-fit.

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