What you do and how you speak

26 Sep

I’ve oftentimes heard people say, “What you do isn’t who you are.”  To that I say,” Well it kinda is.”  I understand that your job doesn’t define you because you, as a person, could “do” many things, but from my experience I’ve found that what people do for a living says much more about them than they think.  One aspect in particular is their communication style.  I suppose this goes hand-in-hand with their learning style as well.  People within specific industries communicate a certain way, not just with others within those industries but with everyone.  This can be pretty frustrating when it comes to building, maintain and sustaining relationships with people different than you.

For example, I noticed people in sales are extremely personable.  They get into details, care about personalizing each conversation and they’re wonderful at bullshit.  On the other end of the spectrum are engineers, they’re matter-of-fact, to-the-point and would rather have facts than fluff.  Depending on who you’re asking, one style is definitely better than the other but the important thing is being able to tailor your style to those around you.  It’s not beneficial to or for anyone to simply choose one communication style and stick to it because you’re neglecting to consider the handfuls of people who aren’t the exact same as you are.  Being open to speaking and adapting to others will greatly increase your chances at being effective communicators .  

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