Developing assertiveness starts with self-confidence. Being able to recognize your own self-worth, and understand that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, will enable you to confidently stick up for your rights and protect them.
When you communicate assertively, you act fairly and with empathy, not with aggression, bullying, or passivity. This takes precision and balance, as well as a strong belief that your rights and needs are as valid as everyone else’s.
It’s not always easy to be assertive, but it is a skill that can be learnt.
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Define assertiveness and self-confidence, and list the other four styles of communication
- Describe the types of negative thinking, and how one can overcome negative thoughts
- Define the importance of goal setting, and practice setting SMART goals for assertive behavior
- Utilize methodologies for understanding your worth — and the use of positive self-talk
- Practice sending positive communications phrased as “I-Messages”
- Practice strategies for gaining positive outcomes in difficult interpersonal situations.