Effective Communicator: Extroverts & Introverts Different and Equal
by Kate Nasser | 4 Comments »
Effective Communicator: The Introvert Extrovert Debate
The debate rages on about who is a more effective communicator, introverts or extroverts. Just the other day, I once again read the absurd claim that extroverts communicate frequently yet the quality is generally low and introverts don’t communicate often enough yet the quality of their communication is generally high. When oh when will these misguided stereotyped claims die off?
Effective Communicator: Extroverts and Introverts are Different and Equal
An effective communicator comes in all personality types. The quality is not higher in one type than another. Being an effective communicator is all about reaching those you communicate with.
- Know your audience.
- Know what concerns them.
- Be self-aware. Know what bugs them when you communicate. Moderate and minimize those behaviors.
- Know your core message and listen to theirs.
- Use language they understand.
- Sense their level of understanding while you are communicating.
- Engage them in some level of dialogue.
- Reach ’em don’t preach to ’em.
- Above all, be flexible and adaptable to be an effective communicator.
The quality of communication is in the ear of the listener. It is not based on personality type. I have heard introverts and extroverts who are wonderful communicators. They are different yet equally effective. It’s time to leave misguided stereotypes behind. Perpetuating them makes things worse not better.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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I totally agree with your take on this. Barriers to communication has no relationship with personally type. It’s about the act of communication that matter and not how I feel about it.
You get it Khalid! I knew this was an important post to write and comments I have received on other streams like LinkedIn show that the stereotyped thinking is still out there.
I am grateful for your contribution to this discussion and I applaud your insight.
Great communication tips and I love the bullet list. Now if we introverts can only figure out a way to get a word in during those extrovert conference calls!!!
That would be a great article!
Thanks so much for jumping in to this conversation 🙂 As for doing it on conference calls, it is very doable. Whoever is the designated facilitator for that conference call, could have everyone use a technique called brain writing and take turns. I’ve done it. It works.
Best wishes and thanks,