The STC Canada West Coast chapter welcomes Keith Barker on Saturday, November 19, 2016 to explore the world of personality types, specifically the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
The MBTI was created by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in 1943 in the United States. Katherine, an academic and teacher, wanted to understand personality type with respect to raising children and better understand those close to her. Her daughter, Isabel, an award-winning mystery writer, felt a psychological instrument based on personality types would also help people to find jobs that were a better fit.
Keith’s presentation promises to offer something for everyone. “My facilitation style is more akin to having a roundtable conversation than a formal presentation,” says Keith, “as most of my work involves experiential learning and custom coaching.”
His interest in Myers-Briggs started when he attended a three-day professional development workshop, “Conflict Resolution using Personality Type Theory”, for faculty at the Justice Institute’s Centre for Conflict Resolution. “I became interested in Myers-Briggs when I saw how powerful it was for understanding human nature and dealing with differences,” he says.
Topics to be covered in Keith’s presentation include basic theory, common misconceptions, the four dichotomies, temperaments and type motivations, demographics of type and gender, and how the MBTI has been used to resolve individual and group conflicts.
Keith is focused on ensuring that STC members reap positive benefits from attending his presentation. “Part of our conversation will centre around what members hope to gain from our time together,” he says. “Understanding these concepts will help members learn more about themselves and how they interact with others in both their personal and professional lives.”
We invite you to explore your own personality, and be part of this journey in personal and professional development.
Keith’s presentation begins at 10 am on Saturday, November 19, in the Willms Salon, VSO School of Music (second floor), 843 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver. Admission is free for STC members, $10 (cash at the door) for non-members. Please RSVP to admin[at] stcwestcoast.ca.
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This article was written by Amy Takeda
Amy Takeda has a Bachelor of Business degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is completing the technical writing certificate program at BCIT. She plans to specialize in technical documentation for the business, technology, and industrial sectors.