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Adapt Your Communication Style For Better Results

What I love most about understanding the different Myers-Briggs™ Types (MBTI) is that there are many methods for applying the insights. In this article, I share ways you can adapt your communication style for enhanced results. By identifying preferences of others, you’re increasing your Emotional Intelligence capabilities, a vital asset for any leader or team player.

Your MBTI® Type reveals how you see, express, and act on elements of emotional intelligence. Through learning and acceptance, you can become more open and appreciative of others’ diverse perspectives and approaches. Imagine how better prepared you could be for leading a meeting, managing expectations, or having a difficult conversation.

There are four mental functions described in Jung’s typology that are categorized into two areas:

Perceiving Functions (how we take in information):

  • Sensing: Those with a preference for sensing gather information through the five senses focusing on concrete facts, details, and experiences that occur in the present.

  • Intuition: Those with a preference for intuition gather information as patterns or global wholes focusing on interrelationships, meanings, and possibilities in the future.

Judging Functions (how we come to conclusions, make decisions):

  • Thinking: Conclusions are based on logical analysis of Sensing or Intuitive information. Focus is on fairness and objectivity.

  • Feeling: Conclusions are based on personal values about Sensing or Intuitive information. Focus is on empathy and harmony.

As you foster relationships, be open about your preferences so you can nurture stronger connections. When presenting, influencing, or explaining something in a work setting, here are some tips on communicating:

Sensing Types

  • Be factual

  • Share successful applications

  • Reduce potential risk factors

  • Provide details

  • Show why the solution makes sense

Intuitive Types

  • Give the big picture

  • Don’t let opportunities pass

  • Be confident and enthusiastic

  • Indicate challenges

  • Point out future benefits

Thinking Types

  • Be logical

  • State principles involved

  • Stress competent handling of any issues

  • Be well organized

  • List costs and benefits if relevant

Feeling Types

  • Mention other supporters

  • Be personable and friendly

  • Indicate how solutions are helpful

  • Tell why it’s valuable

  • Show how it supports personal goals

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