How to Get Along with Analytical People

How to Get Along with Analytical People

by Communication VIP September 19, 2018

We all have that picky person that passionately pursues perfection! How do you separate a pessimist and a realist? To an analytical person, pessimism and realism are identical! What makes it challenging to communicate with those who are focused on ultra-detail? First let’s examine the facts (by the way, “examine” and “facts” are words that are loved by analytical people).

According to the book, LEAD OUT LOUD – KEYS TO UNLOCK YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, only 14% of the United States population are analytical styles.  This means that only 14 out of 100 people are introverts who are more focused on facts than feelings.  When it comes to problem solving, analytical styles also value data over emotions. Here is how they speak:


Does it look like nice weather outside?
It is currently 79 degrees with a 22% chance of rain.
Why did you buy this car?
This model had the highest safety rating and the best MPG.
Is this affordable?
The unit costs, $1,000. We currently have $850 in our budget.


To build rapport with analytical people do the following three things:
  1. Save the charm. Give detailed people more calculations and less charisma.
  2. Avoid ambiguity.  Stop using vague terms such as: usually, probably, kind of, and basically.
  3. Be prepared. Do your homework before approaching an analytical style.
Remember that analytical styles are the types of people you want building your home, doing surgery, filing your taxes, and packing your parachute.
Be friendly to their facts.
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