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What kind of communicator are you? Part 2/3

Ever find there are people you just instantly click with and others you don’t?  The people you instanly click with at work will more than likely be the same type as you.

Today’s blog focusses on the Dominant (D) and Influence (I) types from the DISC communication styles.

DONALDThe ‘D’ type celebrity

Donald Trump
David Letterman
Hilary Clinton
Robert DeNiro

                            The ‘I’ type celebrityBILL

Bill Clinton
Andre Agassi
Will Smith
Oprah Winfrey

The table below breaks down the characteristics, includes tips on how to communicate with these types and how to give feedback.  I’ve split the ‘D’ and ‘I’ types into a table to make it easier to compare and easier to digest…


Do you recognise any qualities in yourself in the D and I types? You may notice you have some qualities in different DISC types but everyone will naturally have a primary type they belong to.

disc.When you learn about all four types you’ll start noticing the traits in your colleagues or people you are networking with. It has been acknowledged that a successful team will include a mixture of the different types of people.

In recognising the ways people communicate you can adapt your own communication style in order to be more effective.

The third and final part of this blog series will be uploaded soon, looking at the Conscientious and Steadiness communication types. Stay tuned!

Blog sources

This is where I got the information.  Incredible wee podcasts!  Give them a listen! Worthwhile (especially if you prefer listening rather than reading) 🙂

Dominant type –   http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/03/the-d-in-disc
Influence type –    http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/04/the-i-in-disc

Celebrity types-  http://onlinediscprofile.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/disc-styles-of-famous-people.html

Are you communicating effectively? Part 1/3

I’ve learned over the years communication is the most important skill in both your personal and professional life.  You could be the most intelligent and capable person in your profession, but if you don’t communicate effectively you run the risk of being underestimated and misunderstood.

When it comes down to it we are all a bunch of complex creatures with differing farm-animalspersonalities. Our minds process things in different ways and at varying speeds. We all communicate in a way that we feel is most effective.

Although what you believe is the most effective way of communicating may not be the best way for someone else. In any given situation, the message could mean the same thing but people can be express it in different ways. This can result in misinterpretation and confusion. In fact, you could say miscommunication results in the beginnings paperbagheadsof office politics. This is usually prominent in an open plan office with more than 50 people- all on different roles, at varying levels and all having their own unique expectations.
Some of us are people focussed, others are task focussed. None of us are exactly the same.

DISC (Dominance, Influence, Conscientious, Steadiness) suggests there are four styles of communication, we all at some point touch on these types depending on the situation. However it is suggested we all have a primary and a secondary type.
DISC gives you the opportunity to spot people’s style indisc. a professional setting through particular behaviours- verbal, vocal and body language. If you recognise the signs you will be able

to identify the style of communication they use. As a result you can modify your own communication style to suit.  Communication is something that can always be improved.

My next couple of blogs will break down the characteristics of the DISC types and how you can adapt your communication to effectively interact with them. This can be considered from all different levels whether you are a manager or not.