Using the DISC Model: Four Steps to Success with Others

The video pretty much says it all for this post. It quickly gives you four steps for applying the DISC model for success with others.

In a nutshell, the four steps are…

  1. Understand the DISC model
  2. Understand your style (where you fit in the model).
  3. Understand the other person’s style (where they fit in the model).
  4. Adjust your words, behaviors, and tone to best fit how they receive information.

The video is about 7 minutes long.

If you would like insights for how to apply these four steps better, you can check out my Connecting With People and DISC Model FAQ’s post series. For even deeper insights, check out my products. If you really want to master these four steps, take a look at The Ultimate Communicator Workshop.


  1. Tred says

    Do you find in your research that some leaders can easily flow between more than two of these styles? In my position, supervisors have very little contact with the 150 employees they supervise. How can you apply this theory when you have no time to tailor your approach to communicating with the individual?

    • says


      Great questions. I wish I had simple answers.

      Yes, I find that leaders can flow between more than two styles. Some can do it easily. Most people need practice and focused effort to learn the skill. It can be done, and like every other skill, it takes practice to develop it.

      I’m not sure of the context for your second question. It seems to me that you’re asking one of two questions (or maybe both): how to find the time to adjust, or how to adjust to large groups of people when you’re not working specifically with one individual.

      The answer to the first question is that it doesn’t take that much time once you develop the skill. So, assuming you’re working with an individual, it takes no more time to adjust than it does to not adjust.

      The answer to the second question is more complicated. The simple answer is to assess what you believe to be true for a majority of the audience and then lead with that approach, and also remember that others in the audience will have other styles. So, you’ll want to include a little bit for all four styles if the group is large enough.

      Thanks for stopping by and asking. :)


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