It may seem like we are stating the obvious, but there are different types of people you will encounter during the day, at work, in college or while commuting from one place to another. We all interact with others in our own unique manner and our styles of communication will differ too.
The style we choose and adapt is often a reflection of our own personality. In order to polish your communication skills and enhance it, it is necessary to delve deep into the understanding about various communication styles and their intricacies. Gaston Dsouza, leading corporate training specialist and event host in Mumbai, opines that it isn’t necessary that one person adheres to a specific style only as he could be a combination of one or more style. Let us check out these styles in further detail:
The Assertive Communicator:
This kind of style is possibly the most effective and preferred communication style, especially since it is the perfect balance between being too passive and too aggressive. The aggressive communicator is a highly confident individual possessing high self-esteem. In an assertive style, the individual does not manipulate or lie in order to get his or her way nor do they cross their limits, nor do they all others to push them excessively. Such an individual is socially and emotionally expressive and ensures that his/her own rights are protected and is careful about others’ rights too. Despite all these positive characteristics, the assertive style is the least used one amongst all the styles.
The Aggressive Communicator:
An aggressive person/communicator says and does things which indicates their needs are priority and nothing else matters. In this style, the person wants to win at all costs, even if it is at other people’s expense. Unfortunately, since the manner of delivery isn’t accepted well, the message content is lost and thus renders this communication style ineffective. You will often find such people communicate at a higher pitch and volume and often try to invade on other people spaces, all the while projecting a demanding and abrasive behavior.
The Passive-Aggressive Communicator:
This kind of style is usually associated with people who portray a passive demeanor but act out their aggression in more than one indirect ways. People who feel powerless in certain situations often express their feelings by venting out their resentment in a hidden way. This type of communicator is generally two-faced, being capable of speaking well about people on the face but can sabotage them behind. Sarcasm and complaints are the highlights of their conversation in which they are often patronizing.
The Submissive Communicator:
People who possess this style want to please other people and try to avoid conflict at all costs. He or she tend to put the other person’s needs first and can compromise their own needs to fulfill theirs. When you hear people say sorry a number of times during a conversation and apologize for no fault of theirs, you can identify them to be using a submissive style of communication. They want to avoid confrontation and do not take responsibility for their words or actions.
Gaston D’souza, A sought-after party anchor in Mumbai encourages the understanding of the above basic communication styles to become aware of your own style. You can use it to make effective and positive interaction with people at work or in your personal life. This will help you to strengthen your relationships, reduce conflict-related stress, reduce anxiety and become more assertive in your daily interactions with people.