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ESTP Communication Skills

ESTPs are active communicators who know how to persuade and engage others with their speech. However, some people may be offended by their straightforwardness. The more variety ESTPs have in their communication, the more energetic they are and the greater their sense of fulfillment in life. ESTPs find it easy to communicate with various personality types, although they tend to be more superficial with some of them. ESTPs sometimes find it hard to express finer feelings; such topics as love, lyric poetry, and any subtleties of emotional experience may not evoke a strong emotional response in them.

ESTPs often have many friends and acquaintances, with whom they discuss practical measures and actions that need to be taken to address certain issues.

ESTPs tend to have a large number of business contacts, and they actively and frequently interact with them. Those who work in their field are often interested in their professional opinion. An ESTP's business communication is usually focused on the exchange of opinions, as well as the discussion of concrete measures and practical solutions.

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ESTP: Strategies for Successful Communication

An ESTP finds it easy to establish a common ground with like-minded people - or, in other words, other individuals of the sensing/thinking personality (ST) types, including ESTJ, ISTJ, ESTP, and ISTP. These types tend to keep to communication revolving around facts and their direct implications. ESTPs find it easy to share their experience and observations with such people, and are in turn receptive to the experiences and opinions of other STs.

ESTPs should communicate with intuitive/thinking (NT) personality types, including ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, and INTP somewhat differently. ESTPs should stick to conceptual and logic-based communication in their interaction with people of these types. ESTPs are generally capable of adapting to this manner of communication, although they sometimes strain themselves to find reasoning that resonates well with the NTs. This may occasionally lead to an ESTP trying to keep the communication brief, or restricting a conversation's set of topics to something both parties can relate to.

There are certain nuances to how ESTPs should communicate with the sensing/feeling (SF) personality types, including ESFJ, ISFJ, ESFP, and ISFP. ESTPs should strive to keep their communication with people of this group to discussion of concrete experience. This type of communication is easy to engage in for both parties. However, certain individuals of the ESTP type find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions, which is the basis of how people of the SF types perceive the world.

ESTPs find it the most challenging to communicate with intuitive/feeling (NF) personality types, including ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, and INFP. ESTPs should emphasize concepts, ideas, and feelings in their interaction with individuals of these types. However, ESTPs find it rather difficult to lead a conversation in this manner. They have to struggle to find reasoning that resonates well with the NFs, and thus often try to keep their communication brief. In order to establish a level of discussion that both parties will find acceptable, an ESTP has to tune into the communicative style compatible with the NF types in advance.

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What helps successful communication for an ESTP:

  • the topic deals with aspects of practical solutions
  • the topic requires that active measures be taken
  • the topic mostly deals with concrete current issues
  • the topic calls for a quick reaction (e.g. an emergency)

What hinders successful communication for an ESTP:

  • the topic relates to abstract and theoretical issues
  • the topic heavily involves finer feelings
  • prolonged communication with NF people

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