What’s in ‘What’s My Communication Style?’ Assessment and How it Can Help

Posted by HRDQ on 06/21/2018 to Communication

An Efficient Communication Style Assessment

Effective communication in the workplace is extremely important. When communication breaks down, work will suffer and success is at stake. Managers and employees need a resource to help them develop better communication if their own efforts aren’t helping. This is where ‘What’s My Communication Style’ comes in.

This communication style assessment tool provides practical and easy-to-use advice that allows participants to gain mastery over their own communication behavior and shows them how to interpret the behavior of others in any situation. ‘What's My Communication Style?’ is part of the bestselling HRDQ Style Series and is a powerful centerpiece for management development and interpersonal skills training.

If you want to bring about meaningful improvements in communication skills, the best way to begin is to build a better understanding of personal communication styles and their effects on other people. What's My Communication Style? is a proven training assessment that identifies an individual's dominant communication style - Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic - and the communication behaviors that distinguish it.

How it Works

‘What's My Communication Style?’ starts with a self-assessment (a communication style inventory) that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participants respond to 24 different items relating to both verbal and nonverbal communication by selecting the statement that best reflects their own communication behavior. Each response is scored, providing individuals with a total summary for each of the four personal communication styles: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic.

The majority of participants will show a clear preference for one of the communication styles, which becomes their dominant style. This communication style inventory is followed by a one hour of interpretation of scores, topic discussion, debriefing, and action planning. The ‘What's My Communication Style?’ facilitator guide also offers a workshop outline that expands the assessment into a 1.5-hour classroom training program.


'What's My Communication Style?' can be used with anyone and is equally effective for personal and management development. The communication assessment can be used as a standalone training development tool, or it can be incorporated into a more comprehensive training program on communication skills. This communication assessment is an effective foundation for determining types of communication, and it offers a variety of soft-skills training topics, including communication, leadership, team building, and supervisory skills.

The Results

After completing the program, participants will be able to identify a preference for one of four communication styles, uncover the characteristics of each style, discover how style affects communication, learn how to "speed read" a person's dominant communication style and understand how to "flex" their own style for effective communication with others.

When the program is complete, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a preference for one of four communication styles
  • Uncover the characteristics of each style
  • Discover how style affects communication
  • Learn how to "speed read" a person's dominant communication style
  • Understand how to "flex" style for effective communication with others

Learn more about how ‘What's My Communication Style?’ can help your team here: