Assertiveness is standing up for yourself by having the confidence to ask for what you want, express your feelings, and state your point of view. Assertiveness allows you to speak your mind while showing respect for others. Aggression, on the other hand, is reacting emotionally to situations while acting out of self-interest. The following tips will help you to be more assertive with your family, friends, peers, colleagues, and manager.
- Say what is on your mind; others don’t necessarily know what you are thinking.
- Ask directly and openly without hinting about what you want.
- Be confident that others will listen to what you have to say; don’t assume they will automatically dismiss your concerns.
- Express your feelings without threatening or trying to manipulate others.
- Listen to others’ responses; yours is not the only point of view.
Focus on being assertive this week!
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