Want to be an amazing communicator?
Then you have to take the time to understand your strengths as well as the strengths of the person you are communicating with.
This is a huge reason for many communication challenges in a business.
For example, your strengths may enable you to process information best when you get a big picture/ bottom line overview – yet your employee’s strengths are in details (which is probably why you hired them). If you never give details to this employee they will always feel like they are missing something.
On the other hand, you may feel like they have to go on and on and on about minor details when you just need the executive summary.
Take charge of this process. When you explain something to someone else speak to their strengths, and be courageous enough to ask for others to communicate to you in a way you best understand.
For example, it’s pretty easy to ask for “just the executive summary please.” Next time, just tack on the detail of why, “I really understand things best when I get a summary. I know you appreciate details and that’s why we work well together. Please feel free to let me know when I am not providing enough detail to you.”
When we work from our strengths, everything changes.