Communication is a two-way process for reaching mutual understanding through verbal, non-verbal, and written messages. Determining your own communication style can help you improve how you share information with others. Learning how to communicate effectively with styles that are different from your own, will enable you to establish effective relationships and create better understanding.
Some communications styles are Sociable – Decisive – Cautious – Patient. When Collaborating with other we may be Cooperative, Spontaneous, Competitive or Precise. When sharing feelings with others we are sometimes Reserved, Private, Sympathetic, or Self-assured. How others perceive us is also important. Some may perceive you to be Gentle – Result-oriented – Fun-Loving or Disciplined. The goal of understanding your communication style preferences is to communicate with others in a way that is comfortable and effective when we find ourselves in different settings.
It is important to recognize how effective communication can affect your interactions with others. It can lead to higher efficiency and good moral in the workplace, increased innovation and creative potential in groups, and satisfactory personal and familial relationships. Communication styles are often situational. Be sure to monitor your application of communication styles.
Decide if your current style is effective based on feedback and outcomes. If necessary, adjust your behavior and adopt new styles to fit a situation, team, or person. Recognize and adjust your style of communication to reach a mutual understanding.
Direct: This style is decisive, competitive, independent, and confident. Direct communicators prefer you to get to the point quickly and in a succinct manner.
Initiating: This style is sociable, enthusiastic, energetic, spontaneous, and fun-loving. Initiating communicators value interacting with others and sharing stories.
Supportive: This style is calm, steady, approachable, sincere, and gentle. Supportive communicators appreciate a calm, steady approach.
Analytical: This style is precise, exact, analytical, and logical. Analytical communicators like facts, data, and figures.
It is my hope that you can now better understand your communication style.