Personal Communication Skills Assessment

Personal growth occurs through thoughtful self-analysis. Use the following steps to get started: 


Summary Analysis

In column one, list your three greatest strengths. In column two indicate how you could prove you possess that strength.












In column one list your three greatest areas of improvement. In column two indicate how you plan on improving and how you will monitor your progress.

Improvement Area

Action Plan & Monitoring










1 = needs improvement, 2 = average, 3 = above average, and 4 = exemplary.





Public Speaking

  • Organizing a presentation
  • Telling the right stories
  • Speaking with confidence
  • Speaking with clarity
  • Being persuasive
  • Speaking with enthusiasm and vitality








  • Using proper grammar
  • Spelling
  • Preparing written reports
  • Preparing brochures, memos
  • Organizing documents for high impact
  • Proofreading & editing







Meeting management

  • Facilitating a meeting
  • Leading brainstorming sessions
  • Conducting a meeting without taking over
  • Analyzing & commenting on the direction of the group process
  • Clarifying expectations of group members
  • Creating consensus
  • Judiciously evaluating all group members’ ideas









Problem Solving & Strategy

  • Creating communication strategy
  • Selecting appropriate names for initiatives
  • Solving communication problems
  • Using proper problem solving techniques
  • Selecting the appropriate channels
  • Becoming comfortable with uncertainty
  • Develop strategy to communicate organizational change










Research & Analysis

  • Discerning underlying organizational problems
  • Assessing communication practices
  • Understanding implications of new technologies
  • Assessing personality types
  • Analyzing audiences
  • Collecting & evaluating research
  • Researching markets & consumers   











  • Being appropriately assertive
  • Adapting communication style to different people
  • Listening constructively
  • Managing conflicts
  • Managing others’ expectations
  • Conducting managerial interviews (selection, appraisal etc.)
  • Providing corrective feedback
  • Focusing on understanding rather than evaluating
  • Treating others with respect













Visual Information


  Creating advertising campaigns
  • Selecting the proper visual images
  • Creating proper visual images
  • Managing information overload
  • Developing persuasive images


  • Repressing useless emotions & thoughts
  • Listening to negative feedback
  • Properly expressing disagreements with others
  • Following through on group responsibilities


Critical Thinking


  •   Providing proof for arguments (Can you prove it?)
  • Discerning the implications of ideas (so what?)
  •   Developing action plans (What to do?)
  • Discerning underlying assumptions (What are your assumptions?)
  • Clarifying definitions of effectiveness (What is effectiveness?)
  • Finding    underlying          patterns    (What    is    the    pattern?)
  • Acting in an ethical manner (Is it ethical?)