Are You a Conversation Marathoner or Sprinter? | #PeopleSkills

Conversation Style: Are You Marathoner or Sprinter?

Some people are conversation marathoners. They talk and talk. They go through all the details and don’t yield until they get to their finish line. Others may see this as delivering a monologue. They may feel trapped and become annoyed or disinterested.

Others are conversation sprinters. They tend to speak the main points and get to it quickly. Sometimes this leaves others confused. They want more detail to understand the story.

When conversing with others, how do you come across? Do people wonder if you will ever let them into the conversation? Or are you quick and concise but not always clear?

Conversation: Image is sign that says, finish line.

Conversation: Are You a Marthoner or a Sprinter? Image by Sean MacEntee via Flickr.

Grateful for image by Sean MacEntee via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Conversation Style: Can You Adapt for Better Results?

When I ask this question to people skills workshop participants, they often say, “it depends.” I press them a little more. I ask them: “More often than not, do you let people into the conversation along the way? Or make them wait until you have gone through everything you want to say?”

My point is that being flexible and adapting to other’s needs and styles breeds success. In business and careers, you don’t get to the finish line alone. Rigidly holding on to your own conversation style will hurt your success.

For Great Conversations

  • Know your natural conversation style.
  • Spot other’s conversation styles through tone of voice, pace, and body language.
  • Modify your behavior. Accommodate other’s needs. Rigid extremes are a turnoff and drive others away.

What is your natural conversation style?

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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2 Responses to “Are You a Conversation Marathoner or Sprinter? | #PeopleSkills”

  1. Khalid says:

    Hi Kate,

    I wonder how much creativity you have in getting such unique ideas 🙂 you surprise me every time I read more of your posts.

    If I had to choose between the two I think I’m more of a sprinter than a marathoner. I joined toastmaster club to enhance my speaking skills. It’s an eye opener when someone points areas of improvements while speaking 🙂


    • Kate Nasser says:

      Many thanks Khalid. My “creativity” comes from so many places. I must share credit for it with the universe of external stimuli. As an extrovert, I am constantly taking in energy and ideas from the world around me.

      Warmest thanks,

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