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Tailoring your Communication: Personalities in the Workplace, Part 2

Last week, we discussed a couple of the personality types you may encounter in the workplace and how you can tailor your communication style to best suit each. In today’s blog, we’ll present a few more classic personality types you’re likely to run into around the office.

-“The Social Butterfly”: This individual is a genuine people person, and lives to please others. Although they possess excellent people skills, the Social Butterfly tends to avoid conflict to an extreme. As a result, they can come across as passive-aggressive. In addition, since they are so eager to please, they may take criticism very personally. Keep this in mind, and try to keep negative comments somewhat “sugar-coated”, sandwiching them between positive observations. Don’t be afraid to pepper your conversation with small-talk and give it a slightly personal feel; the Social Butterfly thrives on personal connection. Just be wary of veering too far away from the business at hand.

-“The Coach”: This individual has a tendency to control the behavior of others. Although it may come from a good place, the coach can come across as bossy, often offering unsolicited advice. As they tend to consider themselves a leader, validate their efforts by observing positive aspects of their work. When communicating with a Coach, remain strong in your position as they may try to influence you to their own professional opinions or preferences.

Want to learn more about effective communication in the office? A corporate speech-language pathologist can help! Also known as a speech coach, a corporate speech-language pathologist will help you boost your communication and speaking skills to help you advance your professional life. Whether you are concerned about your voice, pronunciation, confidence, conversation or presentation skills, a speech coach can help identify your main difficulties and show you how to overcome them. To find a corporate speech-language pathologist that’s right for you, visit us at www.corporatespeechsolutions.com!