Know what your communication preferences are. Try this quick Assessment to increase your self-awareness and learn about your peers and colleagues' communication preferences.
PLAN A LEARNING EVENT (1 hour):
Organize a Lunch & Learn. Invite your team/colleagues to complete the assessment prior to the Lunch & Learn. Ask them to write down their dominant style on a note card of corresponding color to their style (blue, red, yellow, green). Also ask them to bring their scores to the session.
Foster discussion around a relatable communication situation (see below for an example).
Scenario: You must comunicate to your team a change in project scope, including a shorter deadline.
- Pair up with someone with the same dominant style. Discuss the strengths and liabilities of your style when communicating the above scenario.
- Pair up with someone who has an opposite style to you. Discuss how you each would communicate the scenario to someone with a different style.
Debrief: Discuss as a group the following questions:
- What style is your manager/direct report?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What did you learn about someone with a different style?