Understand the Communication Styles Around You and Increase Your Level of Influence by Mary C. Bodvarsson, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University
We all have great ideas about how to make our organizations better, but do those ideas get heard and, more importantly, implemented? When we need to give feedback to an employee, do we understand the best way to communicate it? When conversing with others, do we take full advantage of the “magic moment” in a conversation? To get the most out of our interactions with others, we need to really understand how best to communicate with each person. In this session, you will learn about the nuances of each of the major communication styles along with a quick way to assess both your own communication style, and those of the people you need to influence. In addition, we’ll talk about some of the do’s and don’ts when communicating with people of each style. Progress, growth, and understanding all start with healthy, effective communication.
An experienced educator, leader, consultant, and leadership coach, Mary is passionate about adding value to people's lives through education and coaching. A former university professor and corporate HR trainer, Mary utilizes years of experience in sales, consulting, training, and education along with various assessment tools to help people and organizations in the following areas: leadership development, employee development, team building, communication skills, succession planning, and conflict resolution.
Mary received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Adult Cognition, Learning and Development from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2005. From 2006 through 2013, Mary was in the Psychology department at St. Cloud State University in Central Minnesota. Both before and after her academic career, Mary worked in the private sector. Her prior work was as a Trainer of HR Software products, Team Lead, and Manager of an in house training organization for a large software organization. The wide range of experiences that Mary had in the corporate education world resulted in her asking many questions concerning adult learning and development, ultimately leading Mary down the path of pursing an advanced degree in that area. After leaving academia in 2013, Mary started her own consulting business – Ascension Leadership. She is a certified MPO (Management and Performance in Organizations) Assessment Consultant and Coach. Mary regularly leads both individual and team sessions assisting people to learn how to communicate, collaborate, and work together more efficiently and effectively towards common goals. An accomplished facilitator, Mary’s engaging and collaborative leadership style in the classroom naturally lends itself towards a positive and fruitful learning environment.
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