Communication Styles

Communication StylesStrong communication in the workplace is vital for anyone wishing to promote a friendly, productive business environment. However, miscommunication can still occur between you and a co-worker. Why? Because there will be personality types that differ from yours. No two individuals will respond to a situation in the same way.

To avoid conflicts in the workplace, and build a strong team, it helps to apply an overview of DISC to your everyday interactions.

What is DISC? DISC is an acronym for the four primary behavioral traits found in human beings. The traits are: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). These are the traits used to gauge a person’s personality in a DISC profile or assessment test.

Each trait is unique and different. They embody various skills, approaches, and thought processes someone can have when regarding the world around them. Let’s learn more about each trait by breaking them down.

  • Dominance (D): Individuals appreciative of a challenge. Like to problem solve while addressing any issues calculatedly. They are realistic and rational. Value leadership roles, responsibility, and professionalism.
  • Influence (I): Someone that benefits from social situations as well as interactions. Emotional thinkers, they like connecting to their coworkers on a friendly personal level. Very community and team orientated.DISC graphic
  • Steadiness (S): A methodical person that likes to be prepared. Often does one task at a time in order to stay focused and committed to their work. Great at listening to others. Enjoys helping their co-workers with problems, deadlines, and concerns.
  • Conscientiousness (C): A personality that is organized and professional. Usually pays the utmost attention to detail because they want their projects to come out perfectly and without error. Always backs up their conversations or workload with facts to support their theories. Finds change discomforting and conflict unappealing.

Developed by psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, DISC helps to better understand a person’s behavior, temperament, and communications style. The results of a DISC assessment are then used to see where a participant fits on the DISC scale. Are you more dominant? Or conscientious? The scale will enable you to discover this. It will also help your co-workers to discover where they fit on the scale too.

Completely non-judgmental, a DISC assessment provides people the ability to discuss their behavioral differences. It is a great way to open up a dialogue at work between employees so they can learn to communicate with one another more effectively. What could be more beneficial to your work environment than learning how to approach others with differing communication preferences? Completing a DISC Assessment will make this dream a reality for you.

The DISC Assessment not only allows you to learn how you process information, but also how to apply this knowledge when approaching others. It also strengthens communication and enhances productivity in the workplace. When individuals gain a better understanding of themselves, they ultimately become more effective co-workers and team players. DISC helps you understand the priorities of others and learn how to meet those priorities through the way you communicate.

Knowing your communication style can help you:DISC Assessment

  • Get out of your own way when it comes to communicating with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effectively persuade others to help.
  • Understand behavioral styles and how they affect communications.
  • Recognize other people’s behaviors and how to adapt to their needs.
  • Learn to listen more attentively.
  • Understand how your behavior may be perceived by others.
  • Discover how to resolve conflicts in a positive way.
  • Understand how to handle angry constituents.
  • Become more effective in dealing with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Improve your problem-solving approach.
  • Learn how to adapt your communication strategy to match someone else’s behavioral preferences.

Consider proposing an assessment be done at your office. Not only will it improve the workplace environment, it will also improve your own personal world view. By opening up your mind to the possibilities of personality and behavior, you open yourself up to personal growth as well. You open the door to change. Embrace a better you! Set up a DISC Assessment today! A more enriched world awaits.

How to Get Started:

Option One: Assessment with video training package:   $65

With this package, you’ll receive your own personalized 23-page report to better understand your own communication preferences – as well as about others around you. The video training provides additional tools you can use to better communicate with others.

Option Two: Assessment with video training and 45-minute coaching session:   $95

In addition to the assessment and video training, you’ll also receive a personal coaching session with Kirsten where she’ll help you identify your particular challenge areas and develop a plan to build on strengths and offset ‘opportunity’ areas.

Option Three: Assessments and Workshop for Staff:  (Price varies depending on group size and length of training. Please call for details.)

Growing a strong team is within your grasp! With this group training, supplemented by the assessments and video resources, your team will learn how to better work together as well as:

  • Learn to recognize the 4 main behavioral styles (D, I, S, and C)
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each behavioral style
  • Understand how each behavioral style is perceived by others
  • Learn to appreciate different behavioral styles
  • Learn to communicate with individuals with different behavioral styles
  • Understand what motivates individuals with different behavioral styles
  • Learn to read and respond to individual customer’s/client’s behavioral style
  • Reduce frustration and conflict resulting from differences in behavioral style

Ready to get started?

Contact Kirsten at kirsten@bullockconsulting.net or 502.509.5004, or fill out the form below. Indicate which package you’d like, and we’ll get things going!

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