Communication Styles

The key to improving communication skills is style! Build a better understanding of personal communication styles, and you’ll be on your way to reaching your career goals.

A few weeks from now, HRDQ will be at the ASTD International Conference and Exhibition (ahem), so we’re brushing up on our presentation skills. It’s not at all uncommon to worry over public presentations – they come with a lot of challenges: Presentations require a set of communication skills that don’t get as much practice as your everyday skills do. You only have one chance to impress and influence your audience. Presenting can make you feel isolated – unsupported and disconnected, left to close a gap between you and your audience (who sit in judgment). They’re all going to laugh, Read More

I love listening!  It’s just the best, really. Can we take a minute to talk about how great listening is? The benefits of effective listening are innumerable.   And although it is sometimes overshadowed by its flashier contemporaries Speaking and Presenting, Listening has more to offer than we often realize. Listening is preparing for, reaching, and confirming understanding.  Come on, that’s so great!  You never don’t need that – there’s no situation that doesn’t benefit from effective listening.  And though it seems content to remain that loveable, yet fey workhorse behind the scenes, my relationship with Listening does take effort and, Read More

Interpersonal Influence is a key factor in contemporary business.  In a growing market, everyone is in the business of selling ideas.  And when a sale is defined by buy-in and commitment, it’s the communication of goals and vision that does the selling.  Offering solutions in an appropriate and influential way is, in most cases, the result of observation.  Taking into account the situations of others, and how you fit into them allows you to communicate on common ground. But, it is reductive to say that communication – what we say and how we act – is a result of our, Read More

We couldn’t agree more that effective communication is the very lifeblood of any organization. Communication must be clear and persuasive between managers and employees, and between employees and customers, for vital goals to be met. If you want to bring about meaningful improvements in communication skills, the best way to begin is to build a better understanding of personal communication styles and their effects on other people. What’s My Communication Style? is a proven training assessment that identifies an individual’s preferred style — Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic — and the communication behaviors that distinguish it. What’s My Communication Style?, Read More

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