When you communicate with others, do you use a one-size fits all approach? Do you write or speak from your perspective or from that of the person with whom you’re communicating?
Effective communication requires attention to the ways your receiver processes information. To better understand others, try using the DiSC system. DiSC is an acronym for the behavior types Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. According to BusinessProductivity.com, each behavior type responds to a different communication style.
Those who exhibit high dominance prefer brief to the point communication without a lot of detail. High influence people respond best to informal, relaxed and social communication. Steady people appreciate a logical and systematic approach, while the Conscientious want precise, focused interaction with clear expectations.