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Analytical communication style

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:

  • 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 they support an idea 100% (their criticism or feedback will often be on the steps, not the overall strategy).

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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:

  • 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’ll latch onto the big picture and ignore the details of how hard it might be to pull off).

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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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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 saying it as what they’re saying.

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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 conversation to just stats and facts
  • Pressure them to do a deep dive into the details with you.

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

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

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Passive Communicators

Passive communicators go along with the other person’s ideas, narratives and suggestions. They avoid conflicts and confrontations. They appear anxious, afraid of disapproval and are often having poor eye contact or posture.

In a relationship, these people bottle up their emotions and do what their partner plans or does. It is a ‘doom scenario’ if both partners are passive.

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Communication during stressful times

Uncertainty has a way to reveal everyone's strengths and weaknesses. During drastic uncertainty, employees will seek more information in order to achieve a sense of certainty. During this unstable time, you'll discover the true quality of your team's communication skills. If you team is arguing, productivity is lagging.

Discovering each member's communication preferences will enable you to determine the best way forward.

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Keep your distance and don’t text, email, meet in person or call.

Cutting the ties for good when it’s over puts you on a faster path to healing.

  • Set up an “Emergency Contact List” that contains all your BFFs’ phone number, when you are tempted to call your Ex, call and talk to your friends instead.
  • Pick an activity that you can do to replace the desire of texting/calling/stalking your ex.

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