Building and Maintaining Rapport with DISC Styles

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Building and Maintaining Rapport with DISC Styles

This blogs series has explored DISC styles, working with and adapting to each, and how to develop and work with people based on their DISC style.  Following are tips for building rapport when meeting each of the DISC styles.

Building rapport during initial contact – how to connect with:

Dominance – High “D” Style

  • “D’s” want to know the bottom line.
  • Just give them enough information to satisfy their need to know about overall performance.
  • They do not want you to waste their time giving them a bolt-by-bolt description of your product, presenting a long list of testimonials from satisfied clients, or getting too chummy with them – always remember that they are Direct and Guarded.
  • When you write, call, or meet a “D”, do it in a formal, businesslike manner. Get right to the point. Focus quickly on the task.
  • Refer to bottom-line results, increased efficiency, saved time, return on investment, profits, and so on. In other words, tell him what’s in it for him.
  • If you plan to sell something or present a proposal to a “D”, take care to be well organized, time-conscious, efficient, and businesslike.
  • They do not want to make friends with you; they want to get something out of you if they think you have something of value to offer

Influence – High “I” Style

  • Remember that they are Direct and Open.
  • When you meet an “I”, shake hands firmly, introduce yourself with confidence, and immediately show personal interest.
  • Let him set the pace and direction of the conversation.
  • Be an especially attentive listener with “I’s”.
  • Give them positive feedback to let them know that you understand and can relate to their visions, ideas, and feelings.
  • Tell humorous or unusual stories about yourself, to win their heart.
  • Allow them to feel comfortable by listening to their stories, even to the point of talking about topics that may stray from the subject.
  • Since “I’s” typically enjoy talking about themselves, ask questions about them, but be prepared for lengthy answers. Plan to have as many meetings as necessary to build the relationship and gather information.

Steadiness – High “S” Style

  • “S’s” are Indirect and Open. However, keep the relationship businesslike until they warm up to you.
  • They are concerned with maintaining stability; they want to know step-by-step procedures that are likely to meet their need for details and logical action plans.
  • Organize your presentation: list specifics, show sequences, and provide data.
  • Treat them with honesty, sincerity, and personal attentiveness.
  • Listen patiently to their stories, ideas, and answers.
  • Express your appreciation for their steadiness, dependability, and cooperativeness.
  • Present yourself to be non-threatening, pleasant, friendly, but still professional.
  • Develop trust, credibility, and friendship at a relatively slow, informal pace.
  • Communicate with them in a consistent manner on a regular basis… especially at the outset

Conscientious – High “C” Style

  • “C’s” don’t care much about social interaction (beyond common courtesy and standard pleasantries), so get to the point.
  • Avoid making small talk, except to initially establish your credibility.
  • Speak slowly, calmly, and economize on words.
  • “C’s” are precision-oriented people who want to do their jobs in the best possible manner.
  • Build your credibility by thinking with your head, not your emotions.
  • Before meeting, provide them with a brief overview of the agenda and length of the meeting, so they know what to expect.
  • Show them logical proof from reliable sources that accurately document your quality, record of accomplishment, and value.
  • “C’s” tend to be naturally suspicious of those who talk themselves up.

The next blog provides tips for maintaining rapport when exploring and collaborating with each of the DISC styles.

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