It’s extremely important that you master both good people and effective communication skills. These skills are necessary for ensuring that you can succeed in your personal and professional life. There are five steps that you learn that will help you further advance yourself in life:
- Cultivate a better understanding of who you are – your fears, motivations, communication abilities, behaviors, etc.
- You learn to appreciate other people.
- You become aware of the impact of your behavior on other people.
- You learn to appreciate and expect other people’s behavior.
- You learn several easy skills to become a better communicator.
The first step is the most important of them all. After all, if you don’t understand yourself, you cannot ensure your people and communication skills will improve. There are many reasons why you need to have a better sense of who you are such as:
- Better self-confidence
- Better awareness and understanding of actions
- Increase in self-acceptance
There are a plethora of ways you can learn the deep things about yourself, some popular methods to do this include DISC, Keirsey Sorter and Briggs Type Indicator. Before you choose any method, look at the research first. You want to know if they’re reliable and valid.
I feel DISC is more user-friendly than the other methods. With 4 basic styles it is easy to understand and implement. Unlike personality-based assessments like the Briggs Type Indicator and Keirsey Sorter, DISC focuses on behavior. The DISCflex tool I use also has an option to include training on how you can ‘flex’ your responses to your environment.
DISC assessments have been used for over 30 years, and have helped with productive communication and relationships. Professionals of every level – real estate agents, counselors, teachers, etc. – use it as a means for self-discovery. Many Fortune 500 companies use it. They all understand how important it is to their success.
Other reasons DISC is good compared to other methods are: It’s a simple system that lets people already familiar with it express the four key behavioral styles. It ensures that they can understand the fears, motivations, natural tendencies and more of each style.
With DISC, people have been helped to better their performance, effectively address conflicts and value differences in other people. DISC ensures you understand the reasons you act like you do and provides insights as to why others act the way they do.