What is your Communication Style? Is it helping or hindering you being confident?
You communicate in your own particular way, we all do. Over the years you’ve developed your own natural communication style. To feel confident and in control, it helps if you are aware of this style.
People with good communication skills know what’s good and what’s bad about their communication style. In other words, they know their strengths and weaknesses in terms of how they communicate.
Most people think ‘communication’ is merely about talking. It’s not though. Talking is just one element. Try thinking more widely about the concept of communication. Have you ever considered that how you say something might be just as important as what you say?
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What is your communication style?
Some people like to be the centre of attention and to talk. Other people prefer to watch from the sidelines and to listen. Decisions such as these are determined both consciously and subconsciously through your natural communication style.
This style is your own personal way of deploying your communication skills. It’s the way you come across when you don’t consciously think about it. It will suit certain situations but not others. That’s why it’s so important to get to the bottom of it. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that, just by being your normal self and without even realising it, you’ll…
- Make someone feel uncomfortable.
- Appear rude to them.
- Appear boring and disinterested.
- Look like a person who lacks self-confidence.
Once you know your natural communication style, you can make sure these negative perceptions don’t arise.
The key is to think about adapting your communication style when you find yourself in a situation it doesn’t suit. That’s exactly what confident people do.
You probably feel most comfortable talking or working with people who have a similar communication style to you. That’s because people who communicate like you behave in a way that you can relate to. They do the things you do and don’t distract you or frustrate you by communicating in a way you don’t like.
The problems tend to arise when you’re dealing with someone who has a different style to you. You may have heard the phrase ‘personality clash’. What people often actually mean is ‘communication style clash’. Understanding your natural communication style is the first step to dealing with this.
Before you can work out how to adapt your style to look and sound confident, you need to establish what type of communication style you have. So, what is your communication style? You need to know if it’s helping you or hindering you in relation to effective communication skills.
What is your communication style?
You can find out right now by completing this FREE QUESTIONNAIRE. It only takes a few minutes. It’s multiple choice and there are no right or wrong answers. Just be truthful with yourself. You will get your results immediately.
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