Tips to Improve your Assertiveness

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Tips to Improve your Assertiveness
Raza Usmani, ICT Consultant, Pakistan, Member
Do you recognize the feeling: "When I say NO, I feel guilty..."?
According to Revelle College, UC San Diego,
“One of the most common problems in communication is caused by trying to read people's minds or expecting them to read yours. If you want people to respond to your ideas and needs, you have to be able to say what they are, and say it in a way that will make others want to respond appropriately”.

Assertiveness is the ability to present one’s opinion positively, deal with conflicts sensibly and rationally when they occur while balancing one’s own needs with the needs of others.

Below I share some ideas and techniques to improve your assertiveness skills and also help others to express themselves in a more assertive way.:
  1. The very first and most important in all ...Sign up

Some Good Definitions of Assertive Communication / Assertiveness
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Assertive communication means to be able to express your opinion freely and without hesitating about what others might think. It is a particular mode ...Sign up

How to Ask for Something Assertively
  • Be clear about what you want before you ask for it.
  • Avoid apologizing (like saying: "I'm sorry to ask you this, but...")
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To be Assertive, be Brief
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
My tip is JUST SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY, but say it in a short sentence - just like the subject in a memo.
I remember giving this tip to a Human ...Sign up

Fundamental Personal Rights and Assertiveness
Roozbehkh, Entrepreneur, Australia, Member
Before focusing too much and techniques on how to be assertive, I recommend to answer this question for yourself: what are my essential rights?...Sign up

Clarifying the True Meaning of Assertiveness
Armando Martinez Merino, Manager, Mexico, Member
We should try to treat assertiveness objectively, as it often seems to be confused with condescension.
This approach avoids touching the extremes...Sign up

Assertiveness: Knowing You are not your Feelings
Ivy Balopi, Entrepreneur, Botswana, Member
Assertiveness is also the ability to differentiate the ‘matter’ from the person. Being assertive is accepting that you are ‘enough’ and others are equ...Sign up

Appreciating Individual Opinions on Assertive Communication!
Rasheedah shuaibu, Student (Other), Nigeria, Member
Thanks for bringing up this interesting and educative topic for discussion.. I must say I have learned a lot from people's opinions on assertive commu...Sign up

Be Assertive Without being Perceived as Arrogant
Henry Osehimolen, Management Consultant, Nigeria, Member
Sometimes the line between assertiveness and arrogance is fine, due to the wrong body language. In an attempt to hold your ground over an issue consci...Sign up

More Tips on Assertiveness
Roozbehkh, Entrepreneur, Australia, Member
  1. Use active sentences instead of passive sentences: instead of saying to your employee "these must finished by the evening", say "please fin...Sign up

Triangle Technique for Eye Contact
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Eye contact can portray warmth, trustworthiness, and self-confidence. But too much eye contact may lead to some levels of discomfort on behalf of both...Sign up

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