Readiness Assessment


What best describes your communication abilities?


Communicates willingly, but without purpose. Gives up easily. Asked to repeat. Doesn’t initiate conversation. Unreceptive to coaching. Rarely expresses gratitude.


Communicates with purpose, but often neglects key points. Practices listening, showing respect, pacing, eye contact and projection.


Articulates effectively and efficiently. Listens respectfully. Responds with empathy and interest. Receives coaching and acknowledges mistakes. Well prepared. Expresses gratitude.


Empowers others. Teaches communication skills effectively. Respectfully challenges authority. Encourages gratitude. Embraces multimedia technologies and digital communication tools. Connects with wide age range.


Participates, but is only interested in their own ideas. Needs encouragement to share the workload. Inattentive to deadlines. Averse to conflict.


Prepares and gathers information. Respectful contributor if ideas align with their own. Willing to listen to the ideas of others, but interrupts at times.


Connects with empathy. Works effectively with diverse teams. Respectfully compromises to accomplish a common goal. Asks clarifying questions. Learning to value measurable criteria.


Inspires healthy team dynamics. Works well with team members of all ages. Promotes consensus in healthy contention. Leads toward shared goals using measurable criteria.


Ready to engage in conversation, but prefers their own ideas. Uncomfortable trying new things. May not feel safe or confident when sharing ideas. Doesn’t respond well to open-ended questions.


Enjoys asking questions and making observations. Tends to like what their friends like. Has difficulty expressing original ideas or opinions. Tentative trying new things.


Demonstrates inventiveness, originality, and curiosity. Ready to experiment. Willing to try new things. Develops new ideas. Open to unfamiliar experiences. Recognizes failure as feedback.


Designs environments for others’ creativity. Listens impartially. Elaborates, analyzes, and refines ideas. Enjoys creativity as a process, not only a product. Identifies as a creative made in the image of the Creator. Eager to collaborate on new solutions to old problems.


Generates ideas, but may struggle to explain them. Repeats mistakes. Learning to follow crowds. Has trouble listening to the ideas of others.


Asks good questions. Interprets information and makes some connections. Attempts to solve problems, but solutions often address different problems. Learning to follow leaders. Committed to own ideas.


Critically considers multiple ideas. Analyzes information. Makes connections independently. Beginning to identify complex interactions. Proposes solutions to unfamiliar problems.


Discerns relevance and credibility of evidence and helps others interpret current research. Asks probing questions. Engaged and emotionally intelligent. Compares value-based with policy-based thinking.


Conforms to local culture. Realizes the risk of uniqueness. Assumes their way is best. Teases those who look and act differently. Not curious.


Makes assumptions about people who are different. Interested in new ideas until challenged. Uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations. Attempts new things, but quickly returns to familiar.


Asks thoughtful questions. Enjoys new foods and experiences. Considers new ideas openly. Demonstrates curiosity. Learning to apply Cultural Intelligence.


Inspires curiosity in peers. Engages with people of differing worldviews. Diffuses tension in dialog. Researches cultural customs. Adapts behavior to respect culture.

Welcome to the Institute for Cultural Communicators Readiness Assessment. You will be presented with five questions each covering a different vital skill for your success.

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  • Then select whether the statement describes you accurately(=), or if you/they demonstrate this skill with less skill(<) or more skill(>).

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