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Many different factors determine the communication styles with which you are most comfortable. Some individuals thrive on the challenge of pointed criticism, while others are at their best in a nurturing environment where criticism is offered as a suggestion for improvement. Each of us has a unique set of requirements and preferences. Below is a list of communication styles that will mesh well with your own. Having a partner who understands and practices these traits is important to your long-term happiness.

  • Show sincere interest as a person.

  • Be sincere and use a tone of voice that shows sincerity.

  • Patiently draw out personal interests.

  • Keep the conversation at the discussion level, rather than confrontation.

  • Support ideas for change with facts, figures and logic.

  • Start with a personal comment to "break the ice."

  • Work to achieve mutual satisfaction.

  • Ask "How" questions to draw out opinions.

  • Move casually, informally.

  • Find areas of common interest and involvement.

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