If you’re struggling to connect with clunky colleagues, aloof execs or dour managers, it might be time for a more tactical communication approach.
Nextiva has produced an infographic that sheds light on four communication styles, including advice on how to accommodate people who fall into each category.
Before segmenting co-workers into your personal “jerk,” “weirdo” or “productivity-sapping gabber” files, consider data-backed insights regarding the following communication styles:
- Analytical communicators “prefer to communicate with data rather than emotions,” according to the piece. To have better, more productive interactions with these spreadsheet robots types of folks, get straight to the facts and figures. Flowery language and silly emoji won’t do you any favors with analytical communicators.
- Intuitive communicators want nothing to do with your spreadsheets. These freewheeling thinkers often “contribute big ideas, prefer to use visuals and are prone to distractions,” according to the infographic. These are the folks who discard the instruction manual and try to build things with imagination and tinkering.
- Functional communicators “ask lots of questions, prefer completed plans and need consistent feedback,” Nextiva writes. To optimize interactions with functional communicators, you should provide project details, tasks and timelines upfront, and be clear about expectations.
- Personal communicators are fueled and energized by emotions and connectivity. Prioritize feelings, relationships and face-to-face communication to reach these colleagues.
What’s your communication style? Is it time for you to adapt how you communicate with your team—or your boss? Read the rest of Nextiva’s post for more helpful advice.