What's My Communication Style? 3rd Ed. Self Assessment
What's My Communication Style?
Effective communication is the very lifeblood of any organization. If communication is not clear and persuasive between managers and employees, and employees and customers, then other vital goals are forever out of reach. Say goodbye to your aspirations for successful leadership, teamwork, customer service, or even the ability to execute a coherent business strategy.
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 dominant communication style - Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic - and the communication behaviors that distinguish it.
Part of the bestselling HRDQ Style Series, the communication assessment and its supporting materials provide a practical and easy-to-use language that enables lasting insights into how to gain mastery over one's own communication behavior and how to interpret the behavior of others - in any situation. What's My Communication Style is a powerful centerpiece for management development and interpersonal skills training.
What's My Communication Style? starts with a self-assessment (a communication style inventory) that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Individuals respond to 24 different items relating to both verbal and nonverbal communication by selecting the statement ending that they believe best reflects their perceived communication behavior. Each response is scored, providing individuals with a total summary for each of the four personal communication styles: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic. The majority of individuals will show a clear preference for one of the styles, which becomes their Dominant Style. This communication style inventory is followed by approximately one hour of interpretation of scores, topic discussion, debriefing, and action planning. The What's My Communication Style? Facilitator Guide also offers an easy-to-follow workshop outline that expands What's My Communication Style? into a 1.5-hour classroom training program.
- Identify a preference for one of four communication styles
- Uncover the characteristics of each style
- Discover how style affects communication
- Learn how to "speed read" a person's dominant communication style
- Understand how to "flex" style for effective communication with others
Uses for the Communication Assessment
What's My Communication Style? is appropriate for use with anyone and is equally effective for personal and management development. The communication assessment can be used as a standalone training development tool, or it can be incorporated into a more comprehensive training program on communication skills. This communication assessment is an effective foundation for a variety of soft-skills training topics, including communication, leadership, team building, and supervisory skills.
If you are familiar with the DISC-based assessments, you will find that What's My Communication Style? is a practical and easy-to-use alternative.
Self Assessment Table of Contents:
- 24-item assessment with pressure-sensitive response form
- Taking and Scoring the Assessment
- Determining Your Communication Style Profile
- Four Types of Communication
- Two Dimensions of Communication Style
- Communication Style Strengths
- Communication Style Trouble Spots
- Interacting with Other Communication Styles
- Applying What You’ve Learned
Effective communication can improve just about every aspect of your life. It’s an especially valuable tool in business, where 70% of small to mid-size companies claim poor communication is their main problem. That kind of breakdown has led to communication being touted as the top skill employers are looking for in potential hires today.
In order to improve your ability to communicate effectively with others, you must first identify and understand your own dominant communication style. To do that, we invite you or your team to try our communication style assessment: What’s My Communication Style? This self-assessment takes around 10 minutes to complete, and helps tally up the various communication attributes that define your own personal style.
Our communication styles assessment works by asking you to respond to 24 different items relating to both verbal and non-verbal communication. Throughout the assessment, you’ll have to select statements that best reflect your preferred way of communicating. Each response is taken into account to provide you with an overall summary that correlates with one of four dominant communication styles:
- This type of communicator gets to the point when speaking, but could probably use some work to build better listening skills. While usually employing a firm handshake, the Direct communicator also maintains a safe distance with personal space, makes bold movements, and creates the type of workspace that suggests power.
- If you move quickly, preside over a cluttered workspace, and are a good storyteller, you’re likely a Spirited communicator. This type of person typically doesn’t mind getting a little close with personal space and offers handshakes enthusiastically. Careful though, because Spirited people also tend not to pay too much attention to details.
- Perhaps you would rather keep opinions to yourself, are always there to lend a helpful ear, and move in a slow, but deliberate manner? In that case, you’re probably a Considerate communicator. These folks are also strategic with personal space, keep many photos at their desk, and are quick to offer a measured, but gentle handshake.
- If personal contact isn’t really your thing, you might be a Systematic communicator. These types of communicators seeks facts when listening and are very precise when speaking. Their movements are controlled, their desks are organized, and their handshakes tend to be short, but polite.
As part of the bestselling HRDQ Style Series, What's My Communication Style? is more than a fun quiz to decipher how your self-expression can be perceived by others (although it can definitely be that!) Our communication style assessment is a stepping stone to better self-understanding, and a beneficial tool whether you’re a CEO at a large organization, a college student, a member of a marketing team, or someone who’s just looking to expand their soft skills for personal reasons.
The full What's My Communication Style? program also follows the HDRQ’s trusted Experiential Learning Model. Through the Experiential Learning Model, participants are taught via practice and activities the seven different stages of learning: Focusing, Experiencing, Reflecting, Thinking, Modifying, Applying, and Integrating. For instance, through the program’s facilitator, participants are able to focus on the concept of personality style. The communication style assessment then allows participants to experience taking inventory of their individual style, reflect and think about the overall style model, and so forth. HRDQ strongly believes experiential games, simulations, and feedback instruments can be incredibly useful for learning skills pertaining to communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, and more.
Our communication styles assessment is also highly adaptable and can integrate easily as a piece of a larger training program. It gives users a powerful tool for identifying strengths and weaknesses in their own communication style, while laying a strong foundation on which to build future success.
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