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How to Adapt to the Communication Style of Others for Better Connections and Understanding

All about helping other people

It's not about you. When you want to improve your communication with others, you need to first understand your communication style, recognize the style of the other person, and then work at adapting your communication style to match the other person's style. Sounds complicated, right? Quite the contrary! When you can identify the style of the other person, it is like they are giving you the recipe to know how to communicate with them. It is the secret for improved communication with your team members, customers, your significant other, and everyone else! Once you understand and learn this process, it's almost like you wish you had this type of insight about everyone early on. We find using the DiSC® Model helps to assess and define one's communication style so that you can then recognize and adapt to other's communication style.


DiSC® is not a test. DiSC® is a non-judgmental, behavioral style assessment and training suite that helps leaders and teams build more effective relationships and improve workplace communication. The evidence-based assessment is heavily supported by research and focuses on different behavioral styles. DiSC® is a simple - and memorable - model made up of four basic styles.


D: Dominance, i: Influence, S: Steadiness, C: Conscientiousness


Different styles, different activities of DiSC

A person primarily with the D-Style places emphasis on accomplishing results and "seeing the big picture." Their communication style tends to be direct, confident, sometimes blunt, outspoken, and demanding.


A person primarily with the i-Style places emphasis on influencing or persuading others. The communication style tends to be gregarious, enthusiastic, open, trusting, emotional, and energetic.


A person with an S-Style places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, loyalty, and dependability. They tend to have calm, deliberate dispositions, and don't like to be rushed. Their communication style tends to be more comprehensive, inclusive, methodical, and sincere.


A personal with a C-Style places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, and competency. They enjoy their independence, demand the details, and often fear being wrong. As a result, their communication style tends to be linear, data-driven, evidence-based questioning, and a bit more intense.


Our signature program, Communicating with Excellence, teaches how to identify one's communication style, recognize the style of others and then how to adapt to the other person's style by using the DiSC® Assessment. The program provides a common language people can use to better understand themselves and those they interact with - and then use this knowledge to reduce conflict and improve working relationships. Once you have the skills to adapt your communication style to others, you can become a more effective communicator.


What DiSC® style are you? Find out today, contact info@trainingedge.com


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