R.J. Mcnicholl of The Rock Counseling group joins us for:
“How to communicate what you want without feeling guilty”
Why assertive communication makes sense
1. Being assertive is a core communication skill.
2. Being assertive: means that you express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others.
3.Being assertive: also help boost your self-esteem and earn others’ respect.
Assertiveness is NOT:
A. Communicating only what you want and not considering what others want as well. This could be considered AGGRESSIVE.
B. Not communicating what you want and acquiescing to others. This could be considered PASSIVE.
A. communication that is direct and respectful. This gives you the best chance of successfully delivering your message
B. Mutually respectful and diplomatic communication that is effective in communicating your true feelings. . Being assertive shows that you respect yourself because you’re willing to stand up for your interests and express your thoughts and feelings.
Behaving assertively can help you:
- Gain self-confidence and self-esteem
- Understand and recognize your feelings
- Earn respect from others
- Improve communication
- Create win-win situations
- Improve your decision-making skills
- Create honest relationships
How to become more assertive in your daily life
- Assess your communication style.
- Use ‘I’ statements.
- Practice saying no.
- Rehearse what you want to say.
- Use body language.
- Keep emotions in check.
- Start small.