Talent Tuesday: Communication

What do we mean by Communication? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. This is your Communication theme at work. Ideas are a dry beginning. Events are static. You feel a need to bring them to life, to energize them, to make them exciting and vivid. And so you turn events into stories and practice telling them. You take the dry idea and enliven it with images and examples and metaphors. You believe that most people have a very short attention span. They are bombarded by information, but very little of it survives. You want your information — whether an idea, an event, a product’s features and benefits, a discovery, or a lesson — to survive. You want to divert their attention toward you and then capture it, lock it in. This is what drives your hunt for the perfect phrase. This is what draws you toward dramatic words and powerful word combinations. This is why people like to listen to you. Your word pictures pique their interest, sharpen their world, and inspire them to act.”

If the above description describes you, be sure to read below for career tips and tricks tailored to your strengths!

People who are especially talented in the Communication theme are able to bring attention to messages that must be heard

Career Search Tips for Command Talents:

  • Look for a collaborative work environment. You will thrive in situations where you can help coworkers put their thoughts and feelings into words.
  • You will grow the most in an atmosphere where you can present arguments and proposals. Using your talent to capture people’s attention and read the room, you will be able to continuously improve and create engaging presentations, getting the room talking and resulting in an effective consensus.
  • Work to seek out those talented in Empathy or Harmony, as these individuals can help develop your sensitivity to others’ views.

Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Communication Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager