Ever feel like your communications aren’t achieving their potential? It happens to all of us, especially if your message is reaching a large audience.
Projects are made up people with different personalities. It is your responsibility as a project leader to ensure that your message reaches all members of the team. To do this well, you must know the people you are working with to be able to cater to their communication style.
Understanding the differences between communicators and how you can communicate with them effectively is key to your success.
Use a personal communication approach to build trust.
Find ways to get your message across to any person or group
Establish communication methods that work for everyone by working with your team
Identify communication problems and find alternate methods or modes of communication
Relax knowing that you are doing all you can to communicate effectively
Let’s take a look below at four communication styles that you might find in your team. These styles were created by Mark Murphy, a New York Times bestseller and leadership guru. This construct was developed by Murphy after a decade of research on interpersonal communication. It allows you to understand your communication style and compare it with others.
Communication style #1: Analytical
Analytical communicators are able to communicate facts and not emotions. They are drawn to concrete data and numbers, and dislike things that aren’t clear. They trust people who can understand facts and don’t care about how you got to your data.
The analytical communication style shines
Analytical communicators are business-oriented, and tend to have a very unflinching view of the world. They can use logic and data to solve problems and make decisions.
Many colleagues look to analytical communicators to gain informational expertise and objectivity. Their focus on facts allows them to remain neutral in all situations.
What to know about analytical communicators
Analytical communicators don’t listen to emotions. They are so dependent on data that they will quickly lose trust if you don’t have a solid grasp of the facts.
This communication style can be perceived as indifferent or rude in situations that would otherwise require emotional intelligence. Analytical communicators are not incapable of feeling emotions. They are more focused on achieving a goal and prefer to keep interpersonal or communication issues separate.
How to speak the language of an analytical communicator
Focus on facts and data that support your points.
Use clear, concise and logical language.
You should be prepared with facts to support any argument, proposal, or idea that you present to them. Cite and quote other sources when you communicate in writing.
Don’t push for immediate decisions. Give them time to process the data and present your data.
If possible, present your ideas and arguments with options for possible results.
You should be prepared to answer questions and possibly even anticipate them so you can bring well-thought out answers to the table.
These people are great for building relationships.
Communication style #2: Intuitive
Intuitive communicators don’t get lost in the details. They prefer to see the bigger picture so they can get straight to the point. They are quick to make decisions because they don’t need to overanalyze or get overwhelmed easily.
The intuitive communication style shines
Intuitive communicators can see the bigger picture and understand opportunities and challenges. They are quick to act. They are great innovators because of their ability to see the big picture and challenge the status quo.
Intuition: What should you know?