Assertive Communication

Have you ever felt that you struggle with getting your message across or you’re always defending your position? Assertive communication can be challenging because it’s a way of affirming yourself and telling someone what your needs, feelings, and expectations are.

Assertive communication can be challenging, but it is possible to assert yourself, especially in difficult relationships or conflicts. Assertive communication is standing up for yourself without disrespecting the other person.  Being assertive also requires knowing what your needs and expectations are. Knowing who you are and being proud of who you are, go a long way when you are communicating.

Being confident in your tone, volume, confident body language, direct eye contact, listening without interrupting, and clearly stating your wants and needs are part of assertive communication.

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