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Module 3: More on Communication Styles

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In this activity, you will identify people both personally and professionally you know who represent each of the communication styles – (Kinesthetic, Auditory, Visual, Digital).

If you’ve not yet had a working life or it’s been a long time since you did have one, think about people you know personally, like friends or family. Explain why you think they are that kind of communication style. This is completely private so you can type whatever you’re comfortable with.

If you can’t remember the communication styles off the top of your head. Scroll down to see the explanations. 

The four Communication Styles

Kinesthetic

Someone with a kinesthetic communication style prefers hand gestures. They may use physical contact when communicating with others.

They prefer to touch, feel, hold, do and have practical hands-on experiences.

They will use words such as cold, bounce, exciting, feel, firm, flow, grasp, movement, pushy, solid, snap, touch, trample, weigh.

They will go with gut instincts when making a decision. They have a calm and low voice and do not like to be rushed.

Auditory

Someone with an auditory communication style prefers to speak directly with a person. They like to hear what everyone has to say when communicating with others.

They prefer to listen to the spoken word, to self or others, to sound and noises.

They use words such as argue, ask, deaf, discuss, loud, harmony, melody, outspoken, question, resonate, say, shout, shrill, sing, tell, tone, utter, vocal, yell.

They like to ask questions before making a decision. They speak clearly and correctly and find it very important to be heard.

Visual

Someone with a visual communication style prefers using hand gestures and visual prompts.

They prefer to see or show things, including pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flip charts and more.

They use words such as bright, blank, clear, color, dim, focus, graphics, Illuminate, insight, luminous, perspective, vision.

They like to see the big picture before making a decision. They speak fast and with a high level of energy and find appearance very important.

Digital

Someone with a digital communication style prefers facts and clarity. They communicate without emotion or bias. 

Like an auditory communicator, they prefer to listen to the spoken word, to self or others. They prefer sound and noises.

They use words such as argue, ask, deaf, discuss, loud, harmony, melody, outspoken, question, resonate, say, shout, shrill, sing, tell, tone, utter, vocal, yell.

Digital communicators are very much like auditory communicators. Yet, they function differently. They are very strict in how they communicate and receive information. Information must be precise, detailed and questioned before making a decision. They speak in a measured and flat voice and hold organization and structure to the highest level. 

Module 3: Communication Styles

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Have you ever met a person that you didn’t get along with or rubbed you the wrong way? It’s possible your communication styles were different.

When you know a person’s communication style you can adjust your communication to match. Matching communication will allow you to have control of any situation.

A communication style is the way in which people receive information and communicate. Before you find out all about them, [take the quiz] and see what style (or combination of styles) you are.

How you can use this knowledge:

Get more opportunities

Communicating better can open up a new world of possibilities.

Understand people better

Make stronger connections with others. Understand what drives them.

Know yourself better

Understand how you like to communicate. Learn to let others know what you need to be your best.

Reduce conflict

You can deal with problems before they become too serious.

Module 3: Introduction to Get Your Directions

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Explore the most important aspects of communication inside the Get Directions Module.

 Here’s where you’ll learn about different communication styles, how to build great rapport and understand the concept of ’cause and effect’. If you can effectively ask for directions, work as part of a team and build strong connections with others, you’ll always stay on track and these strategies will help you develop incredible people-skills.