Dots get people talking
Do you have the gift of the gab and wonder why people tell you to keep the noise down?
Or are you the strong and silent type, so silent others sometimes think you feel nothing?
It's these kinds of questions hundreds of young people, along with their parents, teachers and councillors, considered when they took part in three ''Get Dotted'' workshops at Telford this month.
The workshops, led by professional speaker Amy Scott, explored different styles of personality and pre-cognitive communication, each represented by a different coloured dot.
While everyone had a range of personality traits, individuals were usually dominant in one or two of the coloured dots, Ms Scott said.
Learning about the different styles helped people understand how they related with others and could potentially diffuse conflict, she said.
''The whole purpose of understanding your colours is so you're less likely to rub people up the wrong way.''
As well as discovering which coloured dots their personality aligned with, participants, including Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan, took part in group bula dancing mini-breaks during the workshops.
Clutha District Council community support and development advisor Jean Proctor said the workshops had been fantastic and it was great to see residents of all ages connecting with the message.
''We did have some 12-year-olds there and we had 50-pluses as well. It was actually so wonderful to see.''
The workshops might be done and dusted, but the district has not seen the end of the dots.
A short follow up session would be held in early May, and the youth council was planning a Rubik's Disco Dots event for young people to coincide with Youth Week, Ms Proctor said.
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