How might one prepare to communicate a message with a particular audience? Here are a few tips.
- If communicating with a larger group, find out their interests, talk with a few members of the group to find out their understanding of the topic and communication style preferences.
- If one-on-one, try to get to know them by asking about hobbies or how they spend their free time, find out how they like to communicate and receive communication.
- If you have the opportunity to select a new team member, you might have them complete a personality profile assessment to give you an understanding of their personality tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. There are numerous assessments available to assist in uncovering your own tendencies as well as understanding your teammates. Examples include: Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Assessment, Myers-Briggs Assessment, Strong Interest Inventory, Emotional Quotient Inventory, 360 Degree Feedback, and much more.
- With sensitive topics, be prepared to give feedback and receive feedback professionally.
- How you communicate a message can sometimes say more about you than the message itself.
I came across this quote and wanted to share:
It is difficult to not only say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - George Sala
Wishing you bright and clear windows of communication in 2015!