Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Communicating Effectively during Early Career Transitions: Using Self-Reflection

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Communicating Effectively during Early Career Transitions: Using Self-Reflection

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In order to successfully deliver a message, understanding one's own communication style is essential, followed by an analysis of the communication styles and needs of one's targeted authence. Effective communicators can adjust their natural style to best address the needs of others.

Self-reflection is a critical component of successful communication early in a career. Consider the following questions regarding your own communication style. Encourage others, such as members of problem solving teams, to use the self-reflection questions as well.

* In my own communication, what are the specific strategies I have used that have been effective?

* If I have successfully resolved a conflict, what communication strategies did I use? If I was not successful, what could I do next time to more effectively communicate my message?

* Do I generally solve problems immediately and directly, or do I prefer to think and analyze the situation first?

* What are some communication strategies that I have observed in others that I would like to incorporate into my own style?

* How do I like to receive information? How might others want messages to be delivered?

* How, if at all, would I need to change my communication style to deliver a specific message? Or to target a specific authence? Or in conflictual relationships?

After personal reflection and seeking feedback from others, a more formal measure of individual communication styles may be beneficial. For a sample of resources to identify the communication styles, the following websites and print resources include brief assessments and descriptions of the styles.

Communication Styles Handout

* Identifies one of four styles with descriptions of each category and characteristic behaviors

* Includes suggestions for working with people of different styles

* http://matrix.scranton.edu/humanresources/communication-styles-handout-leadership.pdf

Communication Style Inventory

* Identifies one of four styles with a list of characteristic behaviors for each style

* Includes case studies to interpret others' communication styles

* http://occonline.occ.cccd.edu/online/klee/CommunicationsStylelnventory.pdf

Personal Styles Assessment

* Briefly identifies one of four styles with a summary of characteristic behaviors for each style

* http://www.goer.state.ny.us/Train/resources/PSsurvey/index.html

Cultural Competency Self- Assessment

* Provides a checklist to facilitate reflection on one's personal level of cultural competency when communicating with others

* Link for checklist found within NASP resource for effective communication strategies when working with diverse populations

* http://www. …

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