Find a place
I know this seems basic, but find somewhere comfortable with room to spread the cards out. Meeting in a busy cafe may be tempting but not ideal! Teens can be most comfortable on the floor (This is why we do yoga, so our limbs can cope!).
Allocate enough time
The shortest amount of time it has taken me to verify best fit type was for an ESTP. Five minutes and he was done! (We did go on to explore other implications of his preferences.) This is not typical. If you have the advantage of having as much time as is needed I would recommend you make two hours available. In coaching or counselling situations you may wish to spend a 1 hour session on each preference. Clearly this is as flexible a system as you wish to make it. As I have mentioned previously – different strokes for different folks.
It’s a good idea to have a few test runs to become fluent with using the resource well. Friends and relatives are great targets for this. They may even learn something along the way!
Don’t forget the booklet
Remember to use the Type Dynamics information in the booklet that’s included with the classic version or look for it on this web site, just click on the e-book symbol at the top, right hand side of the Homepage. You may find it invaluable.
Use stories and examples
Have as many stories and examples as you can to highlight the points you want to make for each of the preferences. If you are newly trained write them down somewhere and start building your own collection of them. Different work and life situations need different stories; before doing a type interpretation just run through the ones you think will be most applicable for your client.
Shuffle and sort
If a client is unsure of a particular preference try sorting the cards in different ways to explain how the preferences can work together. For example; describe temperaments, or the middle two function pairs, or the outer attitudes, or use your knowledge of type dynamics to help clarify type.
Put most preferred card on top
When a client chooses a preference never put the unchosen card to one side. Instead slide it underneath. This is a symbolic representation of us having both preferences within, it’s just that one is ‘on top’, more easily accessible for us.
Create a visual image of type
As each preference is selected build up a visual image of the clients type by putting the preferences together in a row. The symbols as well as the alpha codes make the learning much easier and more memorable. It is a ‘whole-brain’ approach.