What's My Communication Style? - Assessment & Training Program

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Part of the best-selling Style Series, this communication style assessment and training program will help you assess personality style from the perspective of communication using Marston's style theory (often referred to as DISC) and includes a half-day experiential workshop.

Build a better understanding of personality style, communication and their effects on your colleagues with What's My Communication Style. Identify an individual's dominant communication style and the communication behaviors that distinguish it. The four styles are Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic.

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How It Works

What's My Communication Style starts with a self-assessment (a communication style inventory) that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Individuals respond to 24 different items relating to both verbal and nonverbal communication by selecting the statement ending that they believe best reflects their perceived communication behavior. Each response is scored, providing individuals with a total summary for each of the four personal communication styles: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic.

The majority of individuals will show a clear preference for one of the communication styles, which becomes their dominant style. This communication style inventory is followed by approximately one hour of interpretation of scores, topic discussion, debriefing, and action planning. The What's My Communication Style Facilitator Guide also offers an easy-to-follow workshop outline that expands What's My Communication Style into a 1.5-hour classroom training program.

Uses and Applications

What's My Communication Style is appropriate for use with anyone and is equally effective for personal and management development. The communication assessment can be used as a standalone training development tool, or it can be incorporated into a more comprehensive training program on communication skills. This communication assessment is an effective foundation for determining types of communication,and it offers a variety of soft-skills training topics, including communication, leadership, team building, and supervisory skills.

If you are familiar with the DISC-based assessments, you will find that What's My Communication Style is a practical and easy-to-use alternative.

Now available in Spanish and Chinese.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a preference for one of four communication styles
  • Uncover the characteristics of each style
  • Discover how style affects communication
  • Learn how to "speed-read" a person's dominant communication style
  • Understand how to "flex" style for effective communication with others

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment

Measures: A number of different personal communication styles, ranging from everything from your habits of talking, listening, movement, and even handshake.
Learning Goals:
  • Identify a preference for one of four communication styles
  • Uncover the characteristics of each style
  • Discover how style affects communication
  • Learn how to "speed read" a person's communication style
  • Understand how to "flex" style for effective communication with others
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Dimensions: Expressiveness & Assertiveness
Time Required: 1 hour, with an optional workshop that ranges between 1 hour to half-a-day.

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants.

Includes the Facilitator Guide and a 5-Pack of Paper Assessments.

Deluxe Facilitator Guide: Order One Per Trainer.

The comprehensive facilitator set includes everything trainers need to deliver What's My Communication Style, including background information, administrative guidelines, a step-by-step workshop outline, the HRDQ Style Model, alternative workshop designs, optional activities, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, sample assessment materials, and Personality Style for Dummies book. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack : Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for scoring to aid manual tabulation. The accompanying Paper Assessments include interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning.

Online Assessment: Order One Per Participant.

The online version is an excellent choice for enterprise-wide training or audiences that are geographically dispersed. It offers 24/7 access, streamlined distribution, and instant scoring. Each online assessment includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning.

* Students may purchase an online self-study version of this product.

About the Author

Dr. Eileen M. Russo is former vice president of research and development for HRDQ. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in organizational behavior and an MS in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BA in psychology from Fairfield University. Her work includes research in social influence, group behavior, decision making, and perceptions of control at work. As vice president of research and development, Dr. Russo was responsible for overseeing the development of HRDQ products. She is the author of many HRDQ products, including What's My Style, What's My Communication Style, and the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire.