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Quiz — What’s Your Communication Style?

Each of us has a set of general behavior patterns. These patterns express themselves in our personalities and in the way we communicate with others. Sometimes, it can be hard to work alongside those who do not share our same behavior patterns and communication preferences. If we can identify how we communicate with others, it makes us aware of how we are perceived and can make it easier for us to work with people who are different from us. We can then avoid unproductive behavior and learn how to control our communications in the workplace and in life.

Take the quiz below to learn about your communication style and understand communication preferences different from your own. Select the words and phrases that best fit how you communicate with co-workers, bosses, and peers. There are no right or wrong answers, so answer honestly.

1. When I talk to others, I like to…
a. get straight to the point
b. talk
c. share only what I want other people to know
d. include a lot of details

2. My communication is directed toward…
a. getting results and answers
b. being friendly with peers
c. cooperating with others
d. precision

3. I like communication that is…
a. straightforward and blunt
b. positive and happy
c. calm and relaxed
d. logical and relevant

4. Sometimes I may be…
a. blunt
b. very subjective in my descriptions
c. slow to share information
d. strict in my interpretations

5. I have been accused of…
a. not listening or paying attention to others
b. talking too much or taking over the conversation
c. procrastinating
d. being tentative or slow in conversation

6. When I am in a discussion, others…
a. know where I stand and what I believe
b. know I am enthusiastic and positive
c. know I don’t like to be surprised
d. know I desire information and facts

7. My greatest weakness in communicating is…
a. reacting too quickly
b. speaking without preparation
c. my desire for personal attention
d. my need for all of the details

 8. I don’t like conversations that…
a. I can’t control
b. don’t accept my viewpoint
c. are not cooperative and collaborative
d. create stress or drama

9. I like conversations that are…
a. stimulating and interesting
b. optimistic and positive
c. sincere and genuine
d. controlled and logical

10. I feel best when I am…
a. telling others what to do
b. smooth and poised
c. listening to other people
d. following a plan

MOSTLY A’s — DIRECT
When communicating, you like to feel that you are in charge. You like difficult assignments, a challenge, and quick results. You can be very decisive in your conversations and are not afraid to take action. You may need to improve your communication because you tend to be too brief, which sometimes comes across as blunt or may make you a poor listener. You are driven by independence, power, and quick results.

MOSTLY B’s — TALKATIVE
When communicating, you like to persuade others. You like to be popular, successful, and positive. You may need to improve your communication because you tend to speak without preparation, oversell ideas, and give more information than necessary. You are driven by influence, acceptance, and public recognition.

MOSTLY C’s — SINCERE
When communicating, you like sincere and genuine conversations. You like to be a member of a group. You need stability, appreciation, and time to adjust to ideas. You typically do not tell all of the information that you know. You may need to improve your communication because you tend to need too much personal attention, respond slowly, and are turned off by an aggression. You are driven by feeling needed and like to be asked, not told, what to do.

MOSTLY D’s — ORGANIZED
When communicating, you like to be thorough. You like low-risk situations, cooperation, organization, and following rules. You are logical in your conversations. You may need to improve your communication because you tend to be excessively detailed and are slow to trust. You are driven by cooperative relationships, long explanations, and clarity.