Communication Style Survey


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Purpose of this Survey:

There are no right or wrong answers to this questionnaire. The survey will enable you to describe your preferred communications operating style. This will be helpful for you in understanding how you communicate with others and how they communicate with you. Links to pages on interaction and influencing that might come in handy for cooperative working together in business situations are provided.

Instructions:

Please answer the following questions. Following each of the 10 statements below are four possible descriptive endings (A, B, C, and D). Rank each of the endings in the order in which they most accurately describe you. Rank them from most, a lot like, a little like, and least like you by clicking in the 'O' of 'YOU' so it has a dot in the center. You must have one and only one button checked on each line, and one and only one button of each type selected per question. Each question is isolated into sections by dividing lines to make this easier for you. When you are done, please click on the "Submit" button and you will receive your personalized results. A number of additional options are available from the Survey Results page.

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1. I get the most enjoyment out of situations which involve:
A. exploring new and innovative ideas, concepts, principles, and theories. Most like
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B. contacts with others where I will have an opportunity to examine and understand the underlying emotions, feelings,interactions, and behavior of people. Most like
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C. the use of logic, reason, and systematic inquiry in an orderly process of problem definintion, analysis,and solution. Most like
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D. the use of energy and resources to achieve goals where I will receive prompt and tangible feedback on the results of my efforts. Most like
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2. I feel most satisfied with myself when I:
A. accomplish a difficult task by taking a very logical and methodical approach. Most like
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B. accomplish more than I thought I could.
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C. truly understand how others feel and am able to lend them a helping hand.
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D. create a new or original approach, method, or process. Most like
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3. Whenever I exchange thoughts and ideas (orally and/or in writing) with others, I try to:
A. convey the broad overall picture and point out the new or novel aspects of the situation.
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B. provide an orderly sequence of information and stress the source and validity of the data I am providing. Most like
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C. make frequent reference to our shared values, mutual goals, and common experiences. Most like
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D. focus sharply only on those items which are relevant at the particular time, and on whatever action steps may be required. Most like
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4. When I am about to take action on a matter, I tend to be most concerned about:
A. the chances of success and the immediate and tangible payoff there will be for the time and effort I have expended on it. Most like
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B. Whether or not it will represent an important "breakthrough" in terms of advanced knowledge and/or new application of existing knowledge. Most like
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C. whether or not sufficient data has been assembled and properly analyzed to cover all aspects of the situation. Most like
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D. the impact it may have on others and the degree to which they can become involved in it with me. Most like
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5. Whenever I meet new people on a social basis, I am most apt to react to them favorable if they appear to be:
A. idealistic, intellectual and/or challenging in their thinking and viewpoints. Most like
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B. genuinely warm, understanding, and able to engage in "small talk" with me. Most like
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C. down-to-earth, practical, and to the point. Most like
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D. reflective, analytical, and orderly in their thinking. Most like
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6. When working on a task, I tend to place the greatest emphasis on:
A. making certain that I am consistent, systematci, and rational in whatever approach I take. Most like
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B. the attainment of the immediate end point by whatever means or methods that make the most sense at the time. Most like
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C. the possible future impact and long-range ramifications of any approach I might take. Most like
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D. establishing values in the feelings or reactions other people might have to my approach. Most like
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7. In persuading others to accept my point of view, I try to:
A. listen carefully and observe their reactions - "Put myself in their shoes" so I can begin to share their perceptions and see it the way they do. Most like
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B. present my thoughts in a calm, simple, and orderly fashion so they can see the logic of my viewpoint.
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C. be concise-talk about reality - find those areas where we can agree and stress how accepting my viewpoint can benefit both of us.
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D. emphasize my breadth of knowledge on the subject; my intellectual grasp of key concepts involved; and my ability to see the broad picture. Most like
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8. Other people who know me well probably see me as a person who is primarily:
A. empathetic, responsive, and rather stimulating to be with.
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B. imaginative, intellectual,and somewhat complex at times. Most like
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C. objective, deliberate, and analytical. Most like
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D. energetic, pragmatic, and rather assertive. Most like
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9. When working with others, I enjoy the relationship most when they see me as:
A. an analytical person who can see all sides of an issure or problem, who wants to add some objectivity and stability to the group. Most like
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B. a practical and decisive person who gets things done without unnecessary deliberation, one who brings some drive and a sense of urgency to the group. Most like
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C. an innovative person who can develop a new approach, or uncover thingsothers may have missed. One who add a creative and imaginative flair to the group. Most like
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D. a loyal and helpful friend who is perceptive and sensitive to their needs and wants. One who brings some human insight and understanding to the group. Most like
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10. In working with others, I find that I tend to become most impatient when they:
A. spend too much time deliberating and will not act on a matter. Most like
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B. lack an awareness of the human aspects of the situation. Most like
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C. get hung upon old ways of doing things and are not willing to consider something new. Most like
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D. have not devoted sufficient time to making careful analysis of all the relevant factors in the matter. Most like
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For more information about Communication Styles, please see these links:
Communication Style Types
Communication Style Influencing Guide
Communication Style Interaction Guide