According to WikiHow, Communication is the process of transferring signals and/or messages between a sender and a receiver through various methods (written words, nonverbal cues, spoken words). It is also the mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships.

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Good communication, the quality of the conversation, fosters relationships.

Poor skills disintegrates them. Establishing and maintaining good relations are critical for business and personal success.

It takes courage and confidence to say what you think.

Your attitude, mindset, and sensitivity to others thoughts and feelings, have a huge impact on what you say and how you say it. A good speaker is also a good listener.

Mastering new skills takes time

Once you do, more opportunities will present themselves.

What tools can help you understand yourself first in order to be a more aware communicator with others?

Two well respected online assessments: DISC and Energy Leadership Index (ELI).

People who understand DISC understand people, including themselves. They more clearly see their own natural behavioral style, strengths and weaknesses, and how they can use them to be more effective communicators with those styles they are not. Once accomplished, they will begin to better understand those around them. In addition, they will stop judging others, based on their own personal standards, and learn to appreciate and value different people and what they bring to the team.

There is a different DISC assessment for almost any business situation:

  • Classic
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Teams
  • Workplace
  • Leadership
  • Time Mastery
  • Personal Listening
  • Coping with Stress
  • and more.

DISC is more than just an assessment.  There are a variety of DISC workshops that lay the ground work for greater personal and professional development and build productivity within organizations. Some of the topics include:

  • Improving Communication
  • Adapting to Different Styles
  • Managing Conflict and Resistance
  • Using Your Strengths to Your Advantage
  • Building Greater Self Awareness
  • Building a Sales Relationship
  • Being Responsive to Customer Differences
  • Improving Team Effectiveness Series

The Energy Leadership Index (ELI) is based on Seven Levels of Leadership.  This assessment, especially when combined with its associated development program, is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that influences and changes yourself and those whom you work and interact. The Leadership Formula is not one size fits all.  This assessment is a key to unlock a door of potential that you, regardless of where you might be in the job hierarchy, might never realized existed.

Probably the most transformational key is that it lets you understand WHY you see yourself, your family, your clients, and the world as you do. Once understood, you create the ability to consciously choose from these seven perspectives, HOW to see yourself, anyone else, and any situation or challenge in your world.

This assessment also shows your reaction when under STRESS so that you can recognize and, if desired, modify that response.

The way I explain this Seven Levels of Leadership Assessment, ELI system, is by using the symbolism of an elevator moving up and down the floors of a hotel.  The least desirable leadership floor is the basement where the Professional Victim lives. The most sought after and highest level is The Transformational Servant Leader Creator who resides in the indescribably delicious Penthouse suite.

We are all familiar with the buttons that form a panel inside the elevator. Right?

How would it feel to be in control of the buttons inside your elevator (those trigger points inside yourself) to determine where, when, why, and for how long you intentionally and purposefully arrive at any given floor rather than “hover” helplessly between one or two? It is not manipulation, it is about conscious choice.

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