|People don't all think, learn, or
interact in the same ways. There are 7 personal styles existing within every person.
The relative strength of these styles determines how one prefers to communicate
his/her opinions in public. A successful meeting facilitator should apply different
meeting techniques to toggle these different styles. The following are these seven
personal styles and some tips corresponding to each style.
Visual-Spatial: Prefer visual
aids, diagrams, charts, and illustrations. Tips:
Charting is the best way to stimulate participation from people of this style.
|Musical: Prefer appropriate music
before the meeting, during breaks, after the meeting, and as a review technique. Tips:
Use music before the meeting and during breaks. Music can also be used along with
visual aids as a review or meeting summary.
|Interpersonal: Emphasize the process of
exchanging opinions amongst people before reaching individual decisions. Tips:
Introduce people to each other at the beginning of the meeting. Allow people to
discuss amongst themselves in small groups during the meeting.
|Intrapersonal: Prefer reflecting and
condensing ideas independently and silently. Tips: Allow
quiet time for thinking and writing down ideas independently.
|Bodily-Physical: Need physical movement to
focus on the issue and keep energy high. Tips: Allow a
few moments of physical movement when the meeting lasts more than a few hours.
Encourage people to sit in different places, next to different people. Use some
light exercises to keep the group active.
|Linguistic: Weighs linguistic activities
heavily in information collection and opinion exchange, and decision making. Tips:
Use analogies and metaphors to crystallize the ideas. Lead focused group discussions.
|Mathematical-Logical: Prefer seeing things
being prioritized, put in sequence, and analyzed step by step. Tips:
Prioritize choices and concerns by survey or voting. Compare and contrast
issues. Use flowcharts.