Communicating

Being concise, clear, and observant about information and ideas

My Result: ?

Communicating

Being concise, clear, and observant about information and ideas

My Result: ?

1. Overview

Individuals with Communicating strengths have an ability to disseminate information in a clear, articulate, and concise manner. They are skilled at organizing and retaining large volumes of information and sharing it in a professional, coherent way. Communicators are diligent observers of their environments and take particular pride in mastering the details of any project or task. At the same time, their preference for written or one-on-one communication, and their tendency to observe and ponder all facts and perspectives, Communicators can be perceived as standoffish or indecisive.

2. Capabilities

  • Observant – Communicating individuals know when to talk, but more importantly when to listen. They are incredibly observant about their surroundings. They remember details about what people say and make note of context and others’ reactions. Their emphasis on language and nuance leads them to analyze those elements in others’ communication. For example, they can easily rehearse lines from a movie after a single watch, or remember lyrics in a song after just one listen. They can ingest and retain the information around them better than anyone else.
  • Impartial & Dependable – Communicating individuals are the greatest journalists and judges because they are neutral. They always see two sides of a story and believe that each of those sides should be properly investigated and heard. They are huge proponents of equal rights and justice. This neutrality makes Communicators cautious and lends them a sense of professionalism. They are unlikely to take risks in pursuing untested thoughts or ideas as they prefer to do things the way they’ve always been done, because of a deep appreciation for history and past eras. This conservative nature makes them very loyal individuals, as well as long-term devoted employees and partners.
  • Articulate – Communicating individuals know what to say, what not to say, and how to say it. They can be eloquent, yet succinct, explaining complex ideas and strategies in interesting, yet straightforward language. Communicators often act as translators for other personality types, bringing together the scattered ideas of an Influencer and the detailed plans of an Executer for a clear and coherent vision other personalities can easily grasp.
  • Attention to Detail – Communicators place a strong emphasis on fine-tuning and they make sure to craft details to perfection, sometimes at the expense of the greater vision. Communicating individuals focus on proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling because they believe it is of critical importance and has a significant impact on how ideas and thoughts are created and shared.

“ It now makes total sense why I became a journalist. I never thought about it this way until now. Thank you. ”

Zarina M.
Communicator

3. Susceptibilities

  • Soft-spoken  Communicators can seem a bit too soft-spoken and almost shy. They may view it as reserve, but they are not willing or overly natural at sharing information outside of established channels of communication. They might appear to hide information intentionally as they view themselves as the keepers of official communications. They never over-share and they only share what they feel is relevant, so naturally they aren’t ones to open up unprompted, or unless it’s relevant at that time. Conversely, Communicating individuals can also be too transparent at times, laying all the cards on the table when an advantage could be gained by holding some information back.
  • Too Cautious – Communicators’ neutrality and conservativeness means they use extreme caution when considering new ideas or disruptive approaches. For example, cryptocurrency is something they might be open to, but they wouldn’t jump in and invest, like a Strategizing individual. They would take the time to speak with people, find diverse points of view, do their own research, and then make a decision — but at that time it might be too late. Their belief that “it works well the way things have always been done” can come back to haunt them when it comes to accepting bigger and bolder ideas and opportunities.
  • Superior – Because of Communicators’ careful attention to language, they often communicate in ways that are off-putting to others. For instance, using obscure words when they don’t have to, or the inverse, using far too simplified language. These styles of communications often offend others, while Communicating individuals are simply speaking in a way they feel is logical and makes sense to them. In less structured environments, this communication style is not the best method, specifically when a more personal approach is favorable, such as with influencing and selling.
  • Perfectionistic – Those with Communicating skills can become so focused on details that they lose sight of ideas as a whole. In the grand scheme of things, misplaced commas might not matter, but the overall vision is what makes the sale. Communicators may be left behind hammering out details that never made a difference while other personality types move forward with what does matter. Because Communicators believe that those details are crucial to the end product, they can become obstinate in their desire to “fix” what was never really a problem.

“ I fundamentally believe that the art of communication is the language of leadership. ”

James Hughes.
Presidential Speechwriter

4. Roles & Activities

When it comes to finding a role that leverages the Communicating skill set, certain activities quite clearly stand-out from the rest. These areas call upon the capabilities of the Communicating, while minimizing the situations that they are more susceptible in.

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