When looking at the averages of how people score on the DISC behavioral assessment, about 27% of the global population possess a higher I. We call those people Interactive Ira’s. Here are some tips when communicating with a higher I and also what to keep in mind if an Interactive Ira is in your pre-hiring list or training class.
Talking with High I’s
If you’re in a room full of people you can probably spot the Interactive Ira’s right away. They’re the ones in the middle of the crowd being loud and grabbing everyone’s attention. This is easy to do since they’re typically warm, friendly, and approachable. They have a knack for making other people feel comfortable and building rapport. They love to engage in conversation and are masters at interpreting others’ body language. Higher I’s tend to be expressive in sharing their own ideas, but might need to work on listening as passionately as they share.
Training High I’s
Interactive Ira’s typically love new experiences so learning something new is a treat, as long as it’s presented in the right way. Stick them in a room by themselves and give them something to memorize? No, thank you. Load that room with other learners and present new information in a fun and exciting way? More of that, please! Make your learning environment fun, active, and engaging allowing plenty of time for brainstorming and debate. This is the type of training room that Interactive Ira’s love.
High I’s Communication Style – Final Thoughts
To get the most out of an Interactive Ira give them other people to collaborate with while they’re learning and provide them an environment where they can build relationships.