Topic 4.2: Communication styles
In order to get the most out of others, this includes modifying your own behaviour and approach in response to the personality style they are expressing in the moment.
To do this effectively, you will need to:
Listen and watch for personality cues; be open to someone else's style, values and perspective.
Find common ground with someone who is different; this could be your speed of speaking or the terms you use (for example, talking about facts vs. feelings).
Watch for body language and get feedback from others to see if you are being understood; check your own thoughts/feelings. Do you feel harmony or discord?
So how should you communicate with each of the four social archetypes?
What is your ‘default’ social style in the workplace?
Take the quiz below to find out – if you are feeling brave, you can also invite a colleague to take the quiz on your behalf!
There are no right or wrong answers, and you should know that your responses may be influenced by your current mood and/or social setting.
Note too that we do not record your responses or results – this one is just for fun!