Adapt your style to suit every type of profile
Make teamwork easier by building bridges with your contacts, something that’s particularly important when managing hybrid teams face-to-face or remotely. A few adjustments to the way you communicate are all that’s needed to eliminate bottlenecks and make your conversations run more smoothly!
See the summary: “What kind of communicator are you?” or take a look at the test at https://conscious-company.com/the-elevated-communicator to identify your own – and your interlocutor’s – communication style.
The Elevated Communicator by Maryanne O’Brien
(Tiller Press, 2021).
1/ You’re expressive > Work on your listening skills
As someone who is expressive, you’re energetic, enthusiastic, and charismatic but can come across as being overwhelming during discussions.
With someone who is reserved:
- Keep things on a strictly professional level, avoid tackling anything personal, and don’t overdo the humor;
- Provide detailed information about the topic in question;
- Talk a little less, and slow down your delivery;
- Ask the other person’s opinion and value their input.
With someone who is direct:
- Be punctual, and be sure to stick to the set agenda;
- Prepare your meetings carefully, avoiding improvisation;
- Put a limit on digressions and asides, and stay focused on the progress of the work;
- Share perspectives based on facts and logic;
- Ask the other person for specific suggestions.
With someone who is harmonious:
- Be calm and respectful, and avoid raising your voice;
- Give them room to express themselves, and include them in the conversation;
- Take the time to listen empathetically, and don’t interrupt;
- Give them time to reflect, and share the decision-making process.
With another expressive person:
- Avoid power and prestige struggles;
- Take turns to speak, and listen to each other carefully;
- Respect deadlines: don’t get carried away by your mutual enthusiasm.
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