Barbara S. Talley, a Maryland- DC Metro Area based Speaker who speaks on the themes of vision, values, and virtues.Text Box: behaviors can be anticipated and understood.  
People do not choose to be the way they are (i.e. talkative, shy, detail-oriented), they simply develop these behaviors naturally.  And, while anyone can learn to flex their own natural style in order to get along with others, it still is difficult to change one’s style.  The good news is that once styles are understood, they can be utilized to make teams more effective.  Each style’s strengths are beneficial at some juncture in a project.  In fact the best teams contain a combination of styles rather than everyone having the same qualities.
Understanding and using Social Styles to create synergy and enhance team productivity
The goal of social style awareness  training is based on understanding the value that results from the acceptance of differences in others.  These values include the following beliefs.
People perform best in positive relationships.
People need to work on productive relationships.
A change of approach to people is not manipulative; rather, it demonstrates respect for the uniqueness of others.
Maturity involves the recognition that others are important.
Developing skills for dealing with interpersonal relationships is a desirable goal.
The use of skills to manipulate others becomes known.
The effort required to learn about social styles represents growth.

Controlling one’s actions need not conflict with one’ own beliefs and values.  

How does it work?
Participants self score assessment tools that describes how they think others perceive them.  Unlike other types of style 
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A Communications Workshop for Diversity, Leadership, and Team Building by Understanding Social Styles
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Workshop Leader, Poet, Author, 
Keynote Speaker, Facilitator     

assessments that focus on how people see themselves, the tools  I use focus on how other people see you, because their perceptions of you influence their actions.

1. The focus is on the current behavior not what a person has done in the past.

2. The emphasis is what a person actually sees and observes in another, not something that is subjective.

3. The goal is to deal with a number of different situations rather than a single type of situation.

They are then grouped by style and asked to answer a series of questions about their preferences (i.e. ideal working environment).  These are reported to the entire group for the purpose of increasing understanding.  The exercises and questions chosen assist with the following four personal goals.

1. Understand Own Strengths and Weaknesses.  Participants learn to identify the strengths of their style and understand that overuse of the strengths can lead to perceived negative attributes or weaknesses.

2. Understand How Your Style is Perceived by Others. By watching the natural reaction to different styles in the simulated exercises, participants will understand how they are perceived and how they judge others.  You’ll learn to adapt your style to others by understanding how they perceive you, both positively and negatively.

3. Take Control of Your Own Growth.  Hopefully once weaknesses are identified, participants can set goals to change destructive behaviors or at least learn to moderate to get needs met.  .

4. Judge Less and Understand More. Once you identify the strengths of other styles,  participants will be begin to appreciate differences and begin to see  them as just different not as wrong or bad.