According to Harvard Business Review, in order to have authentic and productive conversations, we must learn to “listen and connect, give and receive support, [and] care for others." Participation isn’t a one-size-fits-all method. The beauty of engaging in discussions is providing your unique perspective or flare on your terms in your own way.‌

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Reflect on how to find your personal communication style

Learning how to find your superpowers is fundamental in developing and honing your communication skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

What’s your level of comfort when participating in conversations?

Exercises to help you find your personal communication style

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your communication skills can allow you to find your superpowers.

  • Build on what others have shared if you’re uncomfortable sharing your thoughts during a meeting. This is your chance to latch your idea onto someone’s opinions while carving your own presence.
  • Message your feedback and thoughts after the meeting if you don't feel comfortable with sharing at the moment. This is your opportunity to give detailed feedback and notes.
  • Share your roadblocks or struggles when contributing to the conversation. This may resonate with other team members and even prompt them to share solutions.

Additional resources to help you find your personal communication style

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Every word you utter will either help you connect more deeply with others, or build a wedge between you. The key is to gain greater awareness, choice and intention in how and why you’re communicating.
Do You Know How Each Person on Your Team Likes to Work?
An exercise for new managers.

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