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At Work, What Type of Communicator Are You?

It was the headline of this O Magazine article that first caught my eye: How to Get What You Want From Anyone. I found the topic even more fascinating; it's about how to get the best results from the different types of people you encounter in the office. Business communication expert John Artise divides office communicators into four main categories — feelers, sensors, thinkers, and intuitors — and offers suggestions on how to best talk to each sort of person.

I definitely recognize all of these types from the offices I've worked in! Which type are you? Here are some tips for recognizing the different types of people we have to deal with at work:

  • The Sensor: A Sensor labors under the constant pressure of deadlines and does everything—including communicating with you—in bursts of very intense energy. She has a short attention span and can make you feel as if you're taking up too much of her time just by saying hello.

For the other three types,

  • The Feeler: The Feeler uses language to express emotion. She's an empath and wants to connect, make you feel comfortable. If you're not doing so well, she'll try to figure out a way to help you.
  • The Thinker: The Thinker operates on logic: She loves organization and systems and she likes to see projects through to the bitter end. These people play by numbers and facts. They are logical and realistic, and they will pop any idealistic balloon by citing a similar situation in which someone failed.
  • The Intuitor: The Intuitor thinks in terms of the conceptual and long-range plans; she's a problem solver but not necessarily interested in sticking around to implement solutions—she'd rather move on to the next puzzle. She's the one with the big ideas that you have a hard time understanding. She presents information as though you're supposed to know exactly what she's talking about.

Do any of those sound like you or people you know? Please share in the comments below.


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