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Your DISC Personality Profile - Understanding & Improving Your Communication Style

October 7, 2014
Cheri Matsuwaka & Alt Kagesa

Since all of us at Distance Learning have taken our DiSC profile through Wiley, I was curious to find out more about DISC profile with this workshop. I found that Wiley’s Everything DiSC Workplace to be very accurate on my S style at work. I wanted to further my investigation on my DiSC profile to make the most out of my preferred communication style for both my professional and personal life.

A week before the workshop, I took another DISC profile assessment through DISCert which which was different from the assessment I took from Wiley a few months back. As it turns out, the assessment gave me a very thorough report that also features two different graphs. The first graph is known as my natural DISC graph which represents my communication style 24/7 in both home and work settings. The second graph is known as my adaptive DISC graph which represents my communication style 1 day at work. This graph can vary depending on the work environment. What is interesting is that the adaptive graph matches exactly with the report I took from Wiley.

The workshop that Cheri and Alt gave was very informative and engaging. The provided a wealth of information about DISC as well as activities to help us recognize the different styles in each of us. Since my natural DISC profile type is an I, (my results were ISC where I is slightly higher than the other 2), I tend to be fast pace and people priority. One activity that Cheri and Alt have us do was to group with my other peers who have the same natural profile type and write down characteristics of that particular type on a flip chart. The one surprising thing that we notice was that each group tackled the tasks differently and according to their characteristics and tendencies!


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Although I learned a great deal about myself through this workshop, the two takeaways that I get are 1) read and recognize and 2) adapt to their communication style. Whenever I communicate with someone whether if it’s someone I know or someone new, I need to read and recognize the person’s DISC style and this could be done by the person’s pace and priority. Is the person fast pace or slow pace? Also, is the person’s priority on people or task? With these two information, I would be able to identify the person’s DISC style and the next thing I do is to figure out what their communication needs are and adapt to their communication needs.

I don’t want to give away too much from what I learned! I highly recommend taking this workshop if you want to improve your communication styles when you deal with all types of people whether it’s at work or outside of work.

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