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These are 4 styles of communication that you need to know

fastcompany.com

...say they’re uncomfortable communicating with employees. 

And that number is significantly higher when the roles are reversed.

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Analytical communication style

An analytical communicator loves hard data, numbers, and specific language. 

They're usually wary of people who deal in vague language and strictly blue-sky ideas and get drained quickly when conversations move from logical to emotional.

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Dos:

  • Provide as much detail upfront as possible
  • Set clear expectations
  • Give them space to work independently

Don'ts:

  • Turning the conversation emotional;
  • Framing feedback on their work as criticism.

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Intuitive communication style

Intuitive communicators thrive on big-picture ideas and broad overviews that allow them to skip directly to what’s most important.

Linear order, step-by-step instructions, and deep dives into the details aren’t important. 

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Dos:

  • Stick to the main topic and keep it high-level;
  • Be prepared to answer follow-up questions;
  • Keep details to a minimum.

Don'ts:

  • Too many details;
  • Taking their approach personally;
  • Making too big promises (they’l...

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Functional communication style

Functional communicators love the process: step-by-step guides, details, timelines, and thought-through plans. 

When talking to someone else, they want to go through each detail from start to finish to make sure nothing gets missed or glossed over.

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Dos:

  • Practice “active listening” by repeating what they’ve said and asking follow-up questions
  • Expect them to ask for details, even if you’re just brainstorming

Don'ts:

  • Rushing them to get to the end or make a decision
  • Assume th...

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Personal communication style

Personal communicators value connection, relationships, and emotional language above all. 

They're good listeners and often can help smooth over issues that more hard-lined communication styles cause.

When they dig into something, they care as much (or more) about the person s...

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Dos:

  • Keep conversations light and casual
  • Not get offended if they ask how something made you “feel” or make a strictly work conversation personal.

Don'ts:

  • Talking down to them or being overly pessimistic;
  • Try to contain the convers...

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