Have you ever experienced poor communication? Have you ever felt misunderstood? Have you ever tried to speak to someone and it just feels too hard? If you have then you are in the right place.
Communication is a skill that is essential to all of your relationships. It is a skill we all take for granted yet, many of us do not know how to use our skills as a Communicator to make the most out of our relationships.
One of the foundation problems is that most people do not know their needs as a Communicator, if you don't know what you need how on earth can you ask for it?
The best Communicators know what makes them tick, they know their Communication DNA, what makes them who they are, what makes them tick.
So, How can you understand your Communication DNA? If Communication DNA is a new term for you, check out this short video specifically about this concept, it will explain it fully for you.
If you are interested in taking the DNA test then you can do that here
This is the foundation skill we teach to Communicators that want to improve their ability to communicate personally or professionally.
Basically there are 4 styles and they are separated by Communicators that are reserved and people that are outgoing. The reserved styles are the Patient and Perfectionist styles
The outgoing styles are the Powerful and the Playful communicators.
Then you can further separate the styles into people focused – The Playful and Patient. Along with task focused Communicators – The powerful and the perfectionist.
Each style has different strengths and different challenges, they see the world through a different lens. To know more about your communication style you can read on of the many articles on this site to understand the four key DNA styles: Powerful, Playful, Patient and Perfectionist.
If you don't know your needs, then how can you know the needs of others?
There are 4 Communication styles and we each have all four but have stronger preferences in 1 or more. For example;
The Powerful Communicator is driven like to take control, they are seen as a driver and is motivated by results.
The Playful Communicator tells stories is distracted and gets easily bored. They are story tellers, use many words to explain a quick point, and are seen as a talker. They need to be liked.
The Patient Communicator is quiet, agrees even if they don't agree, and will not get involved in any perceived conflict, they are seen as a observer. They crave harmony.
The Perfectionist Communicator is into details, can be outrageously organised loves to do lists and is a neat person. They are seen as an analyser and need to be Right.
Just imagine the chaos when you don’t understand each other?
It is so common as we are not taught this is schools, many of us learnt his after having gone through a loss or trauma in our relationships.
I have been there before, I have struggled, I have been misrepresented, confused people, offended people and not understood why until I understood my Communication DNA.
If you relate to this, what can you do? Know your strengths and know the strengths of those on your team, learn what makes you who you are, what makes you tick, your strengths and challenges.
If you would like to understand yourself as a Communicator and learn your strengths then perhaps you may like to read The Enlightened Communicator, available for you to review at your own pace.
If you would like to know more about how to learn what your Communication DNA you have several options. You can complete the test independently and begin your journey of self discovery. You will also find several other courses designed to help you understand yourself as a Communicator. If you like support and someone to assist on the learning process we can work with you to assist you to understand exactly what it is that makes you tick. We can also help you understand what makes others tick and how to get the best out of your relationships. Interested? You can get more information here.
Until next time, Care Connect and be a Courageous Communicator
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