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10 Reasons Designers Are Always Likable

10 Reasons Designers Are Always Likable

Have you realized there are certain professionals that we get on better with? For instance, people involved in artistic and creative careers tend to inspire us more friendly and inspirational thoughts than people in other occupations.

Good designers have a set of skills, further than their technical abilities, which make them be more likable by other people. As part of their profession they need to connect with very diverse types of people in many different levels and this makes them develop evident capabilities and aptitudes that turns them into individuals always likable by others. There are at least 10 reasons why designers are always likable.

1. They are empathetic

Good designers empathize with the users of their designs. They need to understand the needs and wants of those who will interact with their design to offer exactly what they want. The continuous user research done by designers helps them to appreciate their users behavior and to connect with them in a deeper level.

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2. They are comprehensive

At the same time their job requires that sixth sense to be able to comprehend straight away what their employee or client are expecting from them. Only designers with these two different types of connection will have a sympathetic relationship with users and work mates.

3. They are business-savvy

It cannot be forgotten that design is a business in itself. Although it is a creative and enjoyable discipline, design has to be understood as part of a business and as such it always needs to have clear business objectives.

As part of it, designers need to understand the business they are in and the role they play in the business model. A designers personal preferences and opinions always come after the business goals. Designers’ ability to demonstrate this hierarchy is another reason to make them more likable by others.

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4. They are good listeners

To be able to understand what their clients expect from them and what their design users want, designers need to pay attention and listen. After that, they process the information and opinions received and put them into practice.

5. They are meticulous

All designers need to be extremely accurate and have a great eye for detail as they deal with miniature details every day. They also need to be consistent with the colors they use, typography, layouts, editorial styles etc. All these characteristics are part of being meticulous and careful with everything they do and others generally appreciate people with these qualities.

6. They are perfectionists

Good designers never leave the job half done. They are very keen on finishing what they have started and they also know how to react to their employers’ feedback in order to improve their design according to the business objectives.

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7. They are patient

Designers are constantly working with deadlines and pressure from different perspectives. That is why to perform well and bring good results to live they need to be patient. Designers receive feedback permanently and they need to deal with criticism in a positive way as well as react quick enough to make the changes within the time limit given.

8. They have perspective

Designers find the right problems to solve and their solution everyday. To do this they need to have perspective to think outside the design. This is specially difficult and important when working on the same project for a long period of time.

9. They are talented in the visual arts

If you want to start your career in the graphic design industry, you need to be talented in the visual arts. Designers have the capability to visualize ideas, concepts and information. Although this skill can be learned over the years, designer that have innate abilities in visual arts are generally better designers.

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10. They are easy to adapt

As designers work with technology, their role is always evolving. They need to be able to quickly adapt to the changes and learn the new software, techniques and tools in the areas of work. Thanks to this, they are always up-to-dated.

Featured photo credit: Michael Carian via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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