The Intuitive Communicator asks, “Why?” and is confident that the end goal will reveal the means.
In our previous post, we started exploring the four different communication styles—Analytical, Intuitive, Functional and Personal. You met Allison, the Analytical Communicator, who thrives on connecting details with her powerful sense of logic. This week, we explore the makings of the Intuitive Communicator.
Meet Ingrid, the Intuitive Communicator
Ingrid cares about the big picture.
Don’t fuss with stats and facts like Allison. Ingrid wants to know the endgame. She appreciates the broad overview and, unlike the Analytical Communicator, she appreciates getting straight to the point without getting bogged down with mundane details. Ingrid doesn’t need the blow-by-blow of every detail. Have them ready to back her up at a sales meeting with a large customer, and she’ll deliver profitable inspiration.
This skill makes her really good with in-the-moment decision-making, but not so great with dry presentations filled with charts and facts. Incorporate testimonials, mission statements and connect the statistics to the overarching goal, and you’ll keep an Intuitive Communicator engaged.
In strategy meetings, Ingrid follows her gut and bases decisions on her knowledge and experience. Her methods may seem unconventional and driven by emotion at times, but give her freedom while keeping her involved and she’ll help achieve big ideas.
Best tools for the Intuitive Communicator:
- Email –
- Bullet-point list of key points
- Succinct description of desired outcomes
- Face-to-Face, Telephone or Instant Chat – Short Q&A session to clarify how the tasks fit with the goal
- Supporting Documents –
- Visual timeline showing overall progress with deadlines
- Mission statement, testimonials and survey responses
Listen for these questions:
Why did you go with that model instead of this one?
Why should I configure it that way instead of this way?
Why not go for it?
Why do you think Pierce got so upset?
Tips for working with an Intuitive Communicator:
Intuitive Communicators like to step back to review the whole picture, or she will get lost over small details and lose interest. Let Intuitive Communicators help strategize the end goal and create milestones, but enlist an Analytical or Functional Communicator to identify all the small tasks in between.
Intuitive Communicators can create messages that connect broad concepts to a practical application. If they can see the outcome clearly, they can work backwards to find and manage specific action items to get there.
Give the Intuitive Communicator freedom to explore solutions, but check in as a group periodically to keep them on track with other team members.
Are you an intuitive communicator?
This month, we’re exploring more details about each workplace communication style and the tools that help them work efficiently. Be sure to check back each week for tips on getting along with all types of communicators.
Stay tuned for our next post, where we meet Ingrid’s opposite, Frank, the Functional Communicator.