There are twenty-one communication styles. It is important to have this number of communication styles because people rarely fit into just four or five simple categories.
This is why the Communication Styles 2.0™ model has twenty-one communication styles divided into four primary motivations. Having twenty-one styles allows you to accurately detect important subtle communication differences between different people and groups.
There are twelve primary communication styles along with nine blended styles.
The Twelve Primary Communication Styles
- The Doer – The primary interest of a Doer when communicating is to get things done.
- The Motivator – The primary interest of a Motivator when communicating is working with people to get things done.
- The Challenger – The primary interest of a Challenger when communicating is making sure that things get done right.
- The Persuader – The primary interest of a Persuader when communicating is getting people to adopt their ideas.
- The Promoter – The primary interests of a Promoter when communicating are people and fun.
- The Influencer – The primary interest of an Influencer when communicating is building and maintaining relationships.
- The Counselor – The primary interest for a Counselor Style when communicating is building and maintaining relationships while minimizing mistakes and problems.
- The Supporter – The primary interests of a Supporter when communicating are relationships and avoiding conflict.
- The Investigator – The primary interest of an Investigator when communicating is finding answers.
- The Perfectionist – The primary interest of a Perfectionist when communicating is making sure that things are right.
- The Analyzer – The primary interests of the Analyzer when communicating are facts and data.
- The Solver – The main interest of a Solver when communicating is to make sure that plans are made and solutions are implemented.
The Blended Communication Styles
Because not everyone falls neatly into one of the twelve primary Communication Styles, the Communication Styles 2.0™ model has nine additional Styles to give it extra precision when describing a person’s natural Communication Style.
These blended styles each have a primary underlying Communication Style but expand to include characteristics of some of the adjacent Styles.
You will appreciate the subtle distinctions between Communication Styles that these blends make possible. This level of detail is especially valuable when comparing individuals to each other, diagnosing problems, or working with teams.
Because these Styles are combinations of their underlying Styles, I’m not going to go into great detail about each of them. You can come to your own conclusions by understanding the Styles that underlie each blend and drawing the necessary inferences.
If you are using the automated online assessment, this will be done for you and the unique characteristics of each person will be revealed in addition to the underlying generalities.