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Successful Communication Begins With Self Awareness

Successful Communication Begins With Self Awareness

No matter where you work, who you work for, or how many people are on your team, good communication skills are vital to your success. Many conflicts on teams and issues with teamwork are directly linked to communication issues…or more accurately communication preferences.

As a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator and trainer, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and teams as they learn about their personal preferences and begin to observe more objectively the preferences of their team mates. One of the most enlightening moments in these workshops or coaching sessions come when participants realize how their own communication preferences – how they gather, send, receive, and make decisions on information – dramatically affects those they work with or live with. I always say – it’s not that the person in the cube next to you is a complete nut, it may be that they just send and receive information differently than you do.

Understanding how to communicate successfully begins with understanding yourself and your personal preferences for:

  • * How do you gather information?
  • * How do you make decisions?
  • * How do you get your energy?
  • * How do you show your preferences to the outside world?

When you understand and recognize your own personal preferences in these four areas, you begin to recognize the preferences of those around you and how they may be similar to or different from your own preferences. This is where truly meaningful conversation begins (or improves).

If you or your team would benefit from improving your communication skills and positively impacting how you work together as a team, contact me at for more information on scheduling a Myers-Briggs workshop.

Julie Perrine CPS/CAP Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Administrator – ESTJ

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