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Power Behind Your Communication Style

Ah, what??? Do you know your communication style? I don’t mean are you an extrovert or an introvert. We all have a particular style of communicating. How we listen, speak, and observe can be very different from one person to another. When life changes, you may find yourself talking more with a professional such as an attorney, doctor, financial advisor, boss, realtor, banker, and so on.  Some of these professionals are communicating to you based on their communication style vs. yours.

Knowing your style and informing your professional of your style can significantly facilitate your decision making and prevent mistakes. When we go through life transitions such as ………….

Retirement         Marriage           Having Children       Grandchildren       Graduation

Divorce          Death of a Partner         Career Change       Windfall      Inheritance

Sale of a Business       Loss of a Parent      Major Health Change        Empty Nest

…………..your stress level can be high even when it is a happy event.  What typically happens when you are very stressed for a prolonged period?  Some people experience temporary memory issues, reduced ability to make decisions, or quick decision making.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your advisors, doctors, and professionals knew your communication style?   It would save a lot of time, miscommunications and bring so much clarity to you.  It is all about clarity.

What communication preference(s) below resonate with you?  And, do you feel comfortable sharing it when appropriate with professionals you hire? I encourage you to do so at your first meeting. Explain why you are sharing this information.

Common Communication Preferences

I love a lot of detail such as charts, graphs, documentation.

I want a summary – short and sweet.

I prefer to have summaries and critical points documented.

I need a slow pace of communication.

I need time to process information.  I rarely make snap decisions.

I tend to make fast decisions.

I tend to ask a lot of questions.

I like to have a lot of options.

I think I’m a control freak.

I am very visual which means I need documents to examine.

I am very audible which means I prefer to listen than read a document.

I am a combination of visual and audible.

If you have a spouse or partner, you may be surprised at their answers to these questions.  It could be life-changing for your relationship.  “Gee, I never knew you needed time to process information???”

Next blog will be on building your perfect meeting environment when you meet with professionals during times of change.

 

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My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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