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October 19, 2020 23 min

In today’s episode I finally get to share what I love about DISC, why I use it, and how it can help you learn about yourself and better relate to others! We’ll take a quick look at the strengths of each style and point out some tips on how to improve your communication abilities

Intentional Optimism - The Tenets 

  • Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactive
  • Present - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/open
  • Courageous - lead, adventure, resilient
  • Energetic - industrious, energetic and life-focused
  • Wise - understanding, words, respect
  • Intentional - sense of purpose, plan, grow
  • What is DISC?

  •   2 Main Categories
  • Reserved or Outgoing
  • People Oriented or Task Oriented
  •  What shapes your personality?
  • Heredity / Genetics - patterns you are born with
  • Environment /  Life Experiences
  • Role Models / People who teach us what is valuable
  • Main Types and their details:
    D = Dominant - Direct, great leaders, move the project.
        Motivated by: Results
        Fear: Being taken advantage of

    I = Influencing - very social and fun - persuaders, friendly, talkers Social, fun, spontaneous, in the spotlight, talkative, expressive, friendly
        Motivated by: Recognition
        Fear: Rejection and loss of approval

    S = Steady - get things done, keep things friendly, loyal Team oriented, friendly, loyal, relied on to follow through, great listeners
        Motivated by: Relationships
        Fear: Loss of security or confrontation

    C = Compliant - accurate, organized, on time, analytical planners On time, organized, analytical, planners, accurate, self sacrificing
        Motivated by: Reason
        Fear: Criticism, getting it wrong

  • How to communicate
  • D = Be brief, direct and to the point.  Ask WHAT, not HOW; focus on results; offer solutions
  • I =  Don’t ignore their ideas - Recognize their efforts. Allow time for socializing; Follow up in writing; Short meetings are more productive.
  • S = Smile - cultivate a friendly atmosphere. Don't be aggressive; Define roles of team members; Find a common interest.  
  • C = Give them the details. Offer validated facts; Be precise; Be patient - answer all the questions and follow up. 
  • Now what? 

  • Identify one thing you learned today - what will you do with it?
  • Learn about the behavior plans AND implement and use them to connect with others
  • Grab your FREE “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”
  • Get a DISC Assessment  from me with 10% discount - enter "PODCAST" at check out
  • Resources mentioned in this episode: 

  • Prov. 31:10-31 
  • “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”
  • DISC Assessment  10% discount - enter "PODCAST" at check out
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