Let’s say you are shopping for a new shirt for a job interview, a special occasion, or some other reason. You enter the store, look around, walk to the men’s or women’s section and then do what? Grab the first shirt you see and head to the register to pay. After all, why look through the rack for a specific size when one size fits all?

Hey! Wait a minute! That’s not how we shop. Nor is it how we should communicate.

You and I have different communication likes, dislikes, and needs. So, what is going to happen if I communicate with you only in a way that makes sense to me? Or you with me? Miscommunication, that’s what.

https://www.amazon.com/People-Styles-Work-Beyond-Relationships/dp/0814413420Let me introduce you to one of the best books ever written on communication.

People Styles at Work is based on the research of Dr. David Merrill and has been proving itself since the early 1960s. Of all the personality, behavioral, psychometric models I have researched, this is, by far, my favorite. Why? No one needs to take an assessment and tell you their results for you to understand who they are. It is all based on behaviors you can observe and then translate into communication needs.

So, this week I am going to give you a quick overview of the four styles. Come back next week, the week after that, the week after that, and the week after that to learn more about each style.


  • Peacemaker
  • People-oriented
  • Loyal


  • Thinker
  • Task-oriented
  • Logical


  • Time Manager
  • Task-oriented
  • Decisive


  • Dreamer
  • People-oriented
  • Energetic

Next week, let’s talk all things Amiable. Join me to learn typical assertiveness and responsiveness behaviors Amiables use. I will share tips for communicating better with a person of this communication style too!