Venus, Mars, and Workplace Communication

August 2009
by Carol Kinsey Goman

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Venus, Mars, and Workplace Communication

by Carol Kinsey Goman

We know that men have a different workplace communication style than women, but does “different” mean better?

Well, yes.

And no.

There are obvious strengths and weaknesses in the communication styles of both genders. Based on a recent research project, in which I collected responses from 387 employees and managers in the United States, Canada, and Europe, I found that both sexes identified the same set of strengths and weaknesses in themselves and each other.

On that, at least, we all agree.

This study reinforces other research I conducted while writing The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work. As you look at the findings below, notice how much of what we think of as communication style is determined not by the words someone is speaking, but what the person’s body is saying.

The Top Three Communication Strengths

For women:

1. Ability to read body language and pick up nonverbal cues

2. Good listening skills

3. Effective display of empathy

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