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SPRING HILL, Tenn. ― Improving communication among direct farm marketers, family members, employees, customers and industry partners can positively impact farm profitability.

“A lack of communication and interpersonal skills can lead to estranged family relationships, employee turnover, poor customer retention or conflicts with other key business players,” says Megan Bruch Leffew, a specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture. 

Direct farm marketers, agritourism operators and key team members are invited to learn how to improve communication and create positive, rewarding personal and professional relationships at four upcoming workshops. Participants will explore the different ways people communicate, process information and interact with others using the Real Colors© temperament assessment tool. 

“Real Colors© helps people identify personality styles – categorized by Blue, Green, Gold and Orange – and gives valuable insight into what is most important to people, why they may react to situations in a certain way, and how to communicate best with each person based on their style,” says David Yates, also a UT Extension specialist. Yates and Leffew are certified Real Colors© facilitators and will lead the interactive workshops.

The Improve Communication and Build Better Relationships with Real Colors© Workshops will be held March 14 in White Pine and March 28 in Spring Hill. Check-in and networking will begin at 9 a.m. local time. Sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required no later than five business days prior to each event. Space is limited due to the interactive nature of the workshop. There is a registration fee of $20 per person. Lunch will be provided. Register online now at

This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program requirement in the Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetables, and Value-Added diversification sectors. This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24228. 

Learn more about the Center for Profitable Agriculture online at Contact Leffew with questions about the workshop at or 931-486-2777.

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Megan Leffew, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777, ​


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