Kevin D Thompson – DISC - Communication Styles

DISC - Communication Styles

DISC - Communication Styles

What is it?

DISC is one of a number of "brands" of human personality assessments that identifies the profiled person's preferred communication style from among 4 primary subgroups. The subgroups are the quadrants of a graph with axis lines differentiating between Task vs People orientation and Reserved vs Active orientation. These assessments are primarily based on the Myers - Briggs Type Indicator.

Why is it important?

When we understand our own preferred "styles" of giving/receiving information and acting, we can also begin to understand how other people prefer to give/receive information and act. This is often very enlightening for people as they acknowledge their own style and begin to understand where communicating and interacting with people of other "styles" can naturally create some challenges.

After gaining skill in "reading" the styles of other people, you are in a position to tailor your communication to be more readily received and accepted by others. This is a powerful tool in building influence with others and it reduces resistance as soon as we begin to communicate in their preferred style.

This offers us another way in which we can "go first" to align ourselves with others in our efforts to persuade, influence or just plain treat someone in such a way that it is apparent that we value them.

The 4 basic temperament Styles are shown in two different illustrations below:

  

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