Communicating with Personality Differences


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Understanding personality differences will allow one to communicate more effectively! 
Check out this powerpoint presentation to see a variety of different personality types and traits. 
We all fit into many of them, just like we wear many hats, dependent on different circumstances.  See what your predominant personality type is and those of the people closest to you or whom you interact with most.  Often, we try to change others, which usually doesn't work! Because we can only change ourselves, this may give one a good idea of how they can adapt in a relationship to suit the other person's personality type and traits.   

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Communicating with Personality Differences

  1. 1. Drifter<br />Pleaser<br />Analytical<br />Communicating<br />with <br />Personality<br />Differences<br />By: <br /> Amber Deegan<br />Avoider<br />Achiever<br />Attacker<br />Performer<br />Commander<br />
  2. 2. Achiever<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Content, peaceful, pleasant. Others enjoy being around them.
  3. 3. Inner focused and self-disciplined.
  4. 4. Self-Confident without being arrogant.
  5. 5. Accountable for their results.
  6. 6. Focused on best outcome of organization.
  7. 7. Interested in hearing others thoughts.
  8. 8. Seeks feedback.
  9. 9. Validate their objectivity.
  10. 10. Validate their ability to interact will all behavioral styles. </li></li></ul><li>Pleasers<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Thoughtful, pleasant, helpful.
  11. 11. Easy to get along with.
  12. 12. Remember special occasions such as friends and families birthdays.
  13. 13. Seek approval of others, difficulty saying “no”.
  14. 14. Seldom complain when treated badly or taken advantage of.
  15. 15. Give them feedback in the form of the sandwich approach: constructive feedback in between two positive comments.
  16. 16. Begin and end conversation with praise.</li></li></ul><li>Drifters<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Easygoing, disorganized, impulsive.
  17. 17. Short Attention Spans.
  18. 18. Often don’t pay attention to detail.
  19. 19. Miss deadlines, forget to follow-up.
  20. 20. Perceived as warm, friendly, creative.
  21. 21. Flexible and work on variety of tasks.
  22. 22. When communicating with them, tell them how the task will benefit and help.
  23. 23. Validate their “out of the box” thinking.
  24. 24. Keep communication exchange short.</li></li></ul><li>Performers<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Come across flamboyant, loud, jovial, entertaining.
  25. 25. Find humor in all things and make people laugh.
  26. 26. Build relationships because of their wit and humor.
  27. 27. Desire recognition and volunteer for tasks they don’t complete because they have too many tasks.
  28. 28. Indirect feedback is best with them.
  29. 29. Might begin by telling a story where an undesirable behavior is assigned to you. They will interpret your message as a message for themselves.</li></li></ul><li>Avoiders<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Quiet, reserved, and prefer to work alone.
  30. 30. When on a team they speak in superficial terms or clichés to validate what someone else already said.
  31. 31. Fear prevents them from moving forward or risking.
  32. 32. They don’t enjoy recognition because they feel it will prompt interaction or visibility.
  33. 33. Focus on getting their jobs done right.
  34. 34. When communicating with them, they prefer detailed instructions in writing and will follow them.
  35. 35. Important not to threaten them or their job.</li></li></ul><li>Analyticals<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Perceived to be cautious, precise, diligent.
  36. 36. Overanalyze situations and tasks.
  37. 37. Challenge new ideas and anticipate risks.
  38. 38. Thrive on logic versus emotion.
  39. 39. More comfortable with data than people.
  40. 40. When giving feedback, provide examples for the behaviors you criticize or they may perceive your allegation as invalid.
  41. 41. Show respect and appreciation for the details and explanations they provide.</li></li></ul><li>Attackers<br />Traits<br /><ul><li>Appear angry, hostile, cynical, grouchy.
  42. 42. Perceived as critical, demeaning, condescending.
  43. 43. View themselves superior to peers.
  44. 44. Interpret feedback as disrespect.
  45. 45. Use indirect approach when communicating with them.
  46. 46. Appreciate their resilience and willingness to perform unpopular tasks.
  47. 47. When communicating ask questions such as: what do you believe to be the most important characteristic of teamwork? </li></li></ul><li>Commanders<br />Traits<br />Thrive on control.<br />Seem demanding, domineering, bossy.<br />Speak in crisp, hard-hitting tones.<br />Uncomfortable with talking about feelings.<br />Avoid any talk of feelings.<br />Focus on results and outcomes without telling them what to do.<br />
  48. 48. Business Structure<br />CEO<br />Accounting<br />Commander/Attackers<br />Analyticals/Avoiders<br />Customer Service<br />Marketing<br />Pleasers/Achievers<br />Performers/Drifters<br />
  49. 49. Family Relationships<br />Father<br />Mother<br />Analytical<br />Controller<br />Children<br />Grandparents<br />Promoter<br />Supporter<br />