Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Enhancing Communication (Part 2)

What is your communication style?

1.Aggressive-Domineering, forceful, disrespects others

Do you speak up for your thoughts, feelings, and wishes, while trampling on the on others’ people’s needs in the process?
Do you humiliate others with sarcasm or put-downs?
Do you verbally attack people when you don’t get your way?
Do you move with an superiority and strength- to intimidate others?


2. Passive-Hesitant, insecure, withdrawn, disrespects self

Are you indirect with your thoughts, feelings, and desires?
Do you withhold your thoughts, feelings, and desires?
Do you hesitate to speak up? Using disclaimers when you do “This is probably not right, but……..
Do you put your needs down in favor of others’ needs?
Do you find it difficult to make requests?
Do you find it difficult to say “NO” to the requests of others?
Do you speak in soft, wavering voice…or feel at a loss for words?


3.Assertive- Direct, firm, honest, win-win, respects self and others

Do you stand up for your thoughts feelings and wishes, while respecting the others feelings in the process?
Do you deal with criticism directly without defensiveness or hostility?
Do you listen attentively, letting others know you have heard them?
Do you respond to people with a balance of listening and talking?
Are you open to compromise without giving up your own rights and dignity?
Do you make request and say “no” in a confident manner?


Figure out who you are in the here and now ______________?

Keep your eyes out for the next post...to enhance your life's toolbox.

2 comments:

ANAD Broward said...

Hi Professional Toolbox Team,
Great Post. Great Reminder. Thanks for sharing!

I will share with the support group in one of the upcoming meetings and give u credit.

Thanks again. :-)

Lily C.
ANAD Broward County Chapter

Professional Toolbox Consultants said...

Thank you always for the feedback...keep it coming...it is important that we are providing info that people need or want. Lisa