CliftonStrengths®: Communication® – The Storyteller

CliftonStrengths®: Communication® – The Storyteller

Gallup® define this theme as people who “find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.”

You’re a natural storyteller

Words are gold that you weave into captivating stories. It comes easily to you to craft and express yourself with words and you are on a constant hunt for the perfect phrase.

Powerful phrases and dramatic words are intriguing to you, and people are often captivated and listening to what you have to say.

You love to offer up a story to illustrate or answer a question that helps others understand things more easily.

You bring attention to messages that must stand out

Like crafting a headline that stands out so much that you can’t ignore it. Or writing a book, blogging, vlogging with captivating stories that engages others.

You express yourself easily and connect with words you tend to process out loud as you speak while bringing attention to messages that you feel need to be heard.

You’re vivid in your expression and often animated in your body language.

You love to talk

Sharing your message with people, whether as a presenter in front of a crowd or audience, a webinar or publication, is a natural expression for you.

You’re verbally expressive and connect with people through words, continually fine-tuning your stories and need an audience and sounding board to talk things through.

With your natural ability to connect with people through storytelling you’re able to take people on an engaging journey.

Stay connected to your audience

When you present, tap into your audience and see how they react to each segment and adjust as needed. Identify the parts that captivated the audience.

Help others express their ideas and feelings, get them talking and help them put their words into action in captivating ways.

Bringing up current events and weaving entertaining stories around them into conversations that engage people could be fun for you.

Words matter

Expressing yourself with the correct words that evoke the desired emotions is an art form.

Sharing stories that effectively communicate the punchline is something you have the ability to do.

Asking your audience questions, engaging them in sharing their stories and opinions can inspire action and open up the space for conversations that previously weren’t possible.

Words have the ability to move us and ultimately change the world. One word, one story at the time.


Do you have Communication® as one of your dominant talents? What is your favorite story to share? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.
Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Communication® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Woo – The Social Networker

CliftonStrengths®: Woo – The Social Networker

Gallup® defines this theme as: “People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone.”

You promote

There are no strangers in the world of Woo’s and you work a crowd like no other. As a result, you have a big network of people in your roster from all walks of life.

You’re a natural promoter of anything that you’re interested in, network with ease and often have communication skills to match your charm.

Creating a game where you track the number of people you talk to each day or week could be fun and energizing for you as you need to interact with people daily.

Groups energize you

The size of the group can range from 30-300,000 or more. The crowds tend to energize you more than 1-on-1 yet for some, one person at the time could be just the strategy to spread the word.

Like a butterfly flying from flower to flower, you can be seen talking to most, if not all, in the room at a party, function or at your local grocery store.

People in the community often know you, of you, or recognize you. You tend to stand out.

You’re charismatic

You naturally charm small to large groups of people. Being on stage energizes you big time whether it’s speaking in front of a group, performing or hosting a webinar.

It’s important for you to engage in activities where there are people involved, you need them.

Creating a network with different people that you continually grow is important too. With your, often large network, you’re a natural connector that could function like a matchmaker and connect people, like an offline Facebook.

You’re outgoing and friendly

You have a need to be liked yet are also generous with your words and praise. Finding a balance is key.

Creating a game where you deliberately go out and engage with new people can be fun for you, using any tactic necessary to win them over, charm and questions being two of them.

For you, it’s more about impacting many and you’re fearless when it comes to connecting with new people and starting up conversations.

For you, there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t yet met. Use these talents to warm up the crowds and bring out the best in people.


Do you have Woo® as one of your dominant talents? What is your favorite conversation starter? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Woo® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Connectedness® – The serendipity theme

CliftonStrengths®: Connectedness® – The serendipity theme


CliftonStrengths® defines this theme as having “faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.”

There are no coincidences

The mysteries of life intrigue you and things happen for a reason.

You believe that we’re all one and connected. What we think and do, influence and impact the whole planet. You have the ability to connect what may appear as random events, thoughts, personal interactions and see value, purpose and a deeper meaning.

With that, you may weave a compelling story around how something came to be, whether it’s a gift that you received or how you found your home. Your awareness will create your value system while often being considerate, caring, and accepting.

You anticipate what’s coming

You’re tuned into the connections between the seen and unseen and have a curiosity to explore beyond time and space.

That nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach when something is off is often an energetic awareness of a missing link. Help others see that, share and fill in the blanks of what you’re aware of without it being “the answer”.

Like Strategic® you have the ability to zoom out and see the big picture and also the ripple effects of choices which may affect your choices. Ask open-ended questions to help guide others to your awareness of what those choices can create.

You bring calmness

Your sense of there being a bigger picture of what’s happening can calm others in the present moment. Trust that awareness.

This nonlinear theme is more of a spiritual or energetic theme, and with that, like faith, there’s no proof necessarily for what you know. Rather, you anticipate events.

You’re often calm when faced with unpredictable events and can offer an enhanced perspective when everyone around you is caught up in drama.

It’s all connected

You have a desire to be part of something bigger than yourself. Whether it’s your family, community, or workplace, you thrive on building bridges between all the different connections that you naturally sense.

Contributing to causes that are important to you is something you feel strongly about.

John Lennon’s “Imagine” comes to mind when I tap into this theme as it illustrates the whole world living as one. What do you imagine being possible?

People come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime,”

While I’ve attributed that to my Adaptability® theme I can sense it fitting here too.

All themes are connected one way or another, at least from someone with the theme of Connectedness®. There are similarities and crossovers and you sense the connections between the 34 talent themes.

You can help people see the meaning in what they do and provide them with insights that can help in their daily challenges.


Do you have Connectedness® as one of your dominant talents? What ripple effects are you currently aware of? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Connectedness® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Command® – No fluff required

CliftonStrengths®: Command® – No fluff required

You’re a straight shooter so this article is brief and to the point, a 2 minute read max.

You’re courageous

CliftonStrengths® defines this theme as having “presence”. You can “take control of a situation and make decisions.”

In your world, it’s important, to be honest, and realistic. You need things to be clear. You have no problem bringing people out of their comfort zone, in fact, you may push the envelope.

You bring decisiveness, are often direct and have the natural ability and desire to resolve conflicts. Avoidance is not an option. In fact, you’ll confront people if you have to, even if you have to stir up emotions in the process.

You don’t mess around

If people push you, you push back. You have no problem speaking your mind, including saying the things that most people are afraid to say out loud.

You’re driven, direct, and decisive. You bring emotional clarity and will take risks that may intimidate others.  

Because you’re a straight shooter people know where you stand even if it makes others uncomfortable.

You take charge

You’re willing to take charge, lead with ease and people follow you. While leadership is found in all of the talent themes, the theme of Command® is willing to go where others are not.

You have a protective nature and can unite people around a mission. Your charisma, natural take charge leadership skills and your willingness to speak up for other people will create loyalty.

This is my #15 theme and I have a deep appreciation for everything this theme brings. Having presence while being a no BS person who’s willing to speak up makes life easy, for you and people around you.


Do you have Command® as one of your dominant talents? What is your leadership style? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Command® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Achiever® – Getting stuff done

CliftonStrengths®: Achiever® – Getting stuff done

CliftonStrengths® defines the theme of Achiever® as “Work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. You take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.

You thrive on completion

One symbol for this theme is the to-do list, you love having a list of to do’s, especially as you get to check them off, one at the time.

Like groundhog day, every day starts from scratch, what you did yesterday doesn’t count and you love to push the envelope, for yourself and others.

You may push yourself to complete your list of the day to feel a sense of achievement.

You have an internal fire

Burning within to get stuff done, being hungry to achieve more, every day, so get that task list going.

You may want to include downtime and activities that you love, like your choice of workout, into your schedule, and other important achievements as it’s easy to allow work to take over your life.

What can you add to your life or current project(s) to push you to the next level? To continually challenge yourself set the bar higher for each project you start.

You need the freedom to work at your own pace. Celebrate your successes and completions. Take a short break now and then.

Incorporate your highest priorities into projects plus interests and passions that drive you to succeed in your projects. Adding your specific game plan to accomplish achievements could serve as an incentive. It could be the way you track your scores or the rewards upon completion, even if it’s only for a moment.

Doing nothing doesn’t work for you

You need to be busy and productive or “it” will appear as a big waste of time.

You love working with people that work hard too, and slackers are not your cup of tea. In fact, you hate that mentality.

This doing theme is the #1 top 5 theme of all CliftonStrengths® talent themes in the USA where being productive is important.

Partnering with people that have a similar energy will energize you. Other achievers or themes like Focus® or Maximizer® could compliment you.

Smelling the roses?

Doing and completing has that effect on you. It’s not that you can’t relax, you just thrive more when you’re in action.

You take pride in being busy and productive. You’re hungry and a go-getter so people can often count on your to deliver.

You also need the freedom to work at your own pace.

You have high expectations

What if you directed your energy toward helping your team(s) reach their targets?

Tracking metrics like milestones, prospects targeted and closed and more could motivate you to help guide your team.

You may want to check in with your team before committing to timelines and new projects as their pace and needs may be different.


Do you have Achiever® as one of your dominant talents? What is your favorite way to measure your achievements each day? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Achiever® HERE.

CliftonStrengths® 34 Talent Themes – What does it mean?

CliftonStrengths® 34 Talent Themes – What does it mean?

The 34 Talent themes

One of the many things that I love about the 34 talents is that it tells you a story of how you’re uniquely wired, much like your DNA.

What I have found is that transformational work doesn’t impact these talents. That’s pretty profound. So, even if you change a lot as a person, HOW you approach life still remains.

I’ve taken the assessment a couple of times, different versions, and when I finally revealed the ranking of ALL 34 11 years later that included massive transformation, ALL, except one theme was in my Top 10. That theme, by the way, happens to be Achiever® and while I’m still driven, there are other themes at play.

If you’re drained it’s not a dominant talent

While getting things done drives me it’s not Achiever® (#14) in action for me, it’s my Activator® (#5) rearing to get things started together with other themes. Kicking off a project, and managing short-term projects to completion inspires and energizes me way more.

Achievers tend to do much better at long-term project management, which drains me. In my ideal world I’d kick things off and let other people run the day-to-day operations. Sometimes that’s the subtle difference, how a “theme” impacts you.

The key to identifying your dominant talents is to ask yourself “Is this me, all the time? Like 24/7?” As you starting looking into each theme there will be a point when you say, “yeah that’s me but not all the time”, that’s when you’ve entered the “supporting talent theme zone”.

To find out where that “line” goes, imagine me saying that you can’t keep that talent and watch your gut reaction.

When it’s a dominant talent you will fight for it, when it’s a supporting talents it isn’t as significant, and when we reach the last “line” that divides your supporting talents and lesser talents you’re often happy to let them go. When you find yourself skipping a theme and claiming the next you’ve already crossed the line to the “lesser” talents.

It’s a process

Once you realize that you don’t have to be a pro at everything and that there are other people that would thrive by doing what you hate doing then it becomes easy to let go of those tasks.

The lesser talent themes are areas that are in your blindspot, that you don’t even think to consider or have the energy to do. Sure you can do it but it would drain you, and why not invest time and money into the talent themes that energize you?

What I’ve found is that some of the people that trigger us in life may have our bottom themes as their dominant ones. At other times, it’s simply someone in party pooper mode that is not focusing on what makes them thrive. Also, our dominant talents are more likely to trigger us than the lesser themes.

If you find yourself getting pissy, cranky, off balance, not happy, … then look at your dominant talents, one by one, to identify if they are being nurtured. Often there’s one or two, or more, where the needs are not being met, hence the mood.

Could it really be that easy?

Several teachings speak of some sort of version of “What you focus on expands”, in other words you get more of whatever you think of.

Why not think about or do more of what energizes you? What comes easy to you? What explorations are FUN?

What if delegating all the stuff you h-a-t-e doing to people that thrive on it and making their day and your in the process? Freeing up time for you to do what you do best.

I’ve found that not investing in my dominant talents is what will get me stopped. All the different talent themes have needs, please prioritize them for the sake of your own well-being.

Be your best you. Shine as the unique person you are. Everyone around you will thank you, and those that don’t may not have your best in mind.

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