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Sensory Stories # 73: Communication preference based on sensory styles

Posted: 9 February, 2023

By: Marieta du Toit


We’re talking about meetings and communication especially in your work setup this morning.

Now if you listened to Annemarie’s vlog, you would have heard from the sensory leaf – the sensory seeker that enjoys being with people and in amongst people – that she loves face-to-face time. As you would know by now I’m on the other sensory end, I’m the the sensory root or the sensory avoider and that means I’m more productive if I have less sensory input because my brain is overly aware of all the sights, all the sounds, all the movement, all the smells, everything happening around me and all the touch input that I get. So for me to be more productive, it’s better if I’m in a more secluded space, so when it comes to meetings and communication, if we’re merely gonna share information I prefer to rather use emails or whatsapp. That way you have less auditory input and also there’s more time for you to really think about what it is that you want to say and when you get that reply or response you have more time to really think about your reply so it’s not unpredictable which sensory roots are normally not that good with.

Obviously there are times when you need to have a phone call or a zoom call. For a sensory root like me, I’m not going to do a phone call when I really have to focus on productive brainstorming, or while driving in the car because that’s just too many things – you see we’re not good at multitasking. Then lastly if you do have to have that face-to-face which is good even for us roots that love to be on our own, it is good to get out and to have those face-to-face meetings from time to time so please do make sure that you get face-to-face time, but then structure it and schedule it according to your needs and to what works for you. Maybe the mornings are easier for you, maybe the afternoons are actually easier for you… just make sure that you have down time after your meeting. So look after yourself, take care of how you communicate in your meetings and also be aware of your colleagues and your clients that you communicate with – because their way of communicating best and most productively might be different to yours and that’s okay.

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👩🏼‍🎓 Marieta qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 and has been living out her vocational passion since then: helping clients achieve happy, healthy, productive lives. She has been part of the Sensory Intelligence® team since 2017. Marieta has a special interest in combining neurology, sensory regulation and human behaviour in the modern world, thereby facilitating self-awareness and improved quality of life for clients. Due to the increase of stressors in people’s everyday lives, she enjoys guiding people towards better understanding of their own Sensory Matrix™ scores.

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