Being assertive means looking after your needs by expressing want, feel or believe in a way that’s respectful of others. It’s a communication skill that can reduce conflict, build your self-confidence and improve relationships
Here are six tips to help you learn to be more assertive.
- Listen with empathy. Try to understand the other person’s point of view..
- Agree to disagree periodically. Having a different point of view after discussion is acceptable.
- Stay calm. Relax your face; speak in your normal un-emotional voice.
- Use a problem-solving approach. Work to see the other person as your friend not your enemy. Think win/win
- Use ‘I’ language. Use statements that include ‘I’ e.g. ‘I think’ or ‘I feel’; try to eliminate “You” from your statements.
- Practice patience… work at lengthening your fuse.
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