Corner: Deep Dive by Javeria Asad
Every creature in this world has its unique and particular communication style to convey his/her thoughts, observations, desired needs or to express feelings and emotions. Even a newly born baby communicates through his or her first cry that he has come into this world, and later when the baby grows he adopts different communication styles to get the attention of his mother.
With the passage of time, these communication styles develop on the basis of different mindsets and approaches to be adopted to support attributes of the personality. These styles have multiple types, but picking the wrong style for a particular audience, whether it’s one person or a thousand, drops the level of listening and can spell trouble.
Learning to build flexibility around your preferred style allows others to more successfully hear the important things you need to communicate. Over the past two decades of research, there are four fundamental communication styles: Analytical, Intuitive, Functional and Personal.
The Analytical Communicator
Analytical communicators, like hard data, real numbers, and tend to be suspicious of people who aren’t talking with facts and figures. This style can help you if you are a scientist or analyst. And your audience has the same traits in terms of communication.
The potential downside of having an Analytical communication style is that you may strike certain people as being cold or unfeeling. For example, when interacting with people like Personal communicators (who tend to like warm and chatty personal relationships), it’s possible for Analytical communicators to get irritated and terse. My younger son saif always understands things with data. He was busy in too much screening during his vacations. I told him many times he will lose his eye side but he didn’t bother. Yesterday when he saw his eye side test report had increased number then he decided to stop.
The Intuitive Communicator
As an Intuitive communicator, you like the big picture, you don’t want to get into details. and you cut right to the chase. You don’t need to hear things in perfect linear order but prefer instead a broad overview that lets you easily skip right to the endpoint. For example, some people, like Functional communicators, will tell you things step-by-step (they start with A, then go to B, then C, then D, then E, etc.). But this can drive you nuts; you’d rather jump right to Z.
The potential downside of having an Intuitive communication style is that you may not always have enough patience when you’re in a situation that actually requires getting into nitty-gritty detail (and you may risk missing an important point).
The Functional Communicator
As a Functional communicator, you like process, detail, timelines, deadlines and well-planned agendas. You like to communicate things in a step-by-step fashion so nothing gets missed.
The potential downside of having a Functional communication style is that you may risk losing the attention of your audience, especially when you’re talking to Intuitive communicators (those are the ‘big picture people who skip to the end and don’t get bogged down in too much detail).
The Personal Communicator
As a Personal communicator, you value emotional language and connection and use that as your mode of discovering what others are really thinking. You find value in assessing not just how people think, but how they feel. You tend to be a good listener and diplomat, you can smooth over conflicts, and you’re typically concerned with the health of your numerous relationships.
The potential downside of having a Personal communication style is that you may occasionally be derided as ‘touchy-feely.’ For example, when dealing with Analytical communicators (people who like data, hard numbers, logical discussions, and dislike that ‘warm-and-fuzzy’ stuff), it’s possible for Personal communicators to become exasperated and emotionally upset.
In conclusion, sometimes you are being judged by your communication style so always try to adopt the style which makes you clear, polite, understanding, empathetic and logical. Lack of proper communication can be a reason for many personal and professional issues. So folks, pick the style as per the audience and desired need of the moment.