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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 is: Remain calm under pressure.
  2. Develop personal strategies to cope with stressful situations (instead of accepting all tasks and projects irrespective of priorities and workload).
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