Lesson 1, Topic 1

Exploring the Colorado Career Advising Tool: Explore Communication Styles

Tracy Stegall April 19, 2024

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Effective Communication

Communication is a two-way process; people need to listen to and understand others’ perspectives and styles. Communication styles differ based on factors such as personality, culture, and background. Understanding and adapting to others’ communication styles improves outcomes and reduces misunderstandings.

Communication Style Tips

The table below contains the communication tips for all DISC traits. Consider someone in your life – partner, co-worker, or boss – who has a different DISC type than you, then read the tips for that style. Consider how you can communicate more effectively with this person.

High = Over 60
Low = Under 40
Bridge Style = between 40 and 60 in all 4 DISC categories

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High Dominance – Direct Communication Style

  • You prefer a direct, unfiltered communication style where people are clear and get to the point quickly.
  • Be aware that some people who may be intimidated by your direct communication style might try to speak in a slower and more collaborative manner.
  • An unintended impact of your high level of directness is that people might misinterpret your behavior as overly competitive or opinionated.

Low Dominance – Reflective Communication Style

  • You prefer a collaborative communication style that is calm and free from direct confrontation.
  • When communicating in groups or with someone who is bold and aggressive, be willing to speak up for those things that are most important to you.
  • An unintended impact of your reflective communication style is that people might be unsure of your true thoughts or try to push their own agenda.

High Influencing – Outgoing Communication Style

  • You prefer a friendly, enthusiastic, and warm communication style.
  • Be aware that communicating with someone who isn’t as talkative as you isn’t an indication that they aren’t interested. Instead, appreciate their ability to listen and do your best to reciprocate and carefully consider their words when they do speak.
  • Unintended impacts of your outgoing communication style are the tendency to talk too much and becoming insecure wondering if people like you.

Note: Some people who are outgoing communicators appear to be Extroverted to others but identify as Introverts. Introverted high I’s need time alone to recharge and reflect internally even though they still prefer a job with a high degree of people interaction.

Low Influencing – Reserved Communication Style

  • You listen carefully to what other people are saying and prefer communicating in ways that include non-verbal communication via email or text.
  • When communicating with someone who is talkative and loud, be willing to speak up on topics that are important to you because others will benefit greatly from your wisdom.
  • Unintended impacts of your reserved communication style are that people might not realize how much you really have to say about a topic or may misinterpret your quietness for disinterest.

High Steadiness – Steady Communication Style

  • You prefer consistently-paced communication with plenty of time to process information.
  • When communicating with someone who is speaking too quickly or haphazardly, try to keep them focused on what you really want to discuss by asking questions.
  • An unintended impact of your steady communication style is that people might not be able to read your emotions or they might think you are not moving fast enough.

Low Steadiness – Dynamic Communication Style

  • You prefer fast-paced, demonstrative conversations with people quickly moving from topic to topic.
  • When communicating with someone who is thoughtful and patient, try to slow down and pay close attention to what they are saying.
  • An unintended impact of your dynamic communication style is that people might get the feeling you are not listening, unfocused, or chaotic.

High Compliance – Precise Communication Style

  • You prefer analytical, realistic conversations where people stick to the facts and share important details or instructions.
  • When communicating with someone who focuses on intangibles or the big picture, try to ask them questions about the most important points and share why these details matter to you.
  • An unintended impact of your precise communication style is that you may become perfectionistic and self-critical; you might spend too much time getting things “right” before making a decision.

Low Compliance – Pioneering Communication Style

  • You prefer to discuss the big-picture in conversations, not waste time analyzing too many figures and facts.
  • When communicating with someone who is analytical and structured, try to understand their desire to minimize risk and provide more details and answer their questions.
  • An unintended impact of your pioneering communication style is that you might miss important details and seem impulsive or careless to people with other styles of communication (especially if you are both low Steadiness and low Compliance).

Bridge DISC – Adaptable Communication Style

  • You have a “Bridge” DISC style, which means all four of your scores are between 40 and 60. This means you have the most adaptable communication style and can usually relate to both high and low styles in each category.
  • You might be excellent at helping people on a team better understand each other and bring together opposite points of view.
  • An unintended impact of a bridge style might be that people have a hard time reading you or knowing how to communicate back.

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