|How to be assertive? Read what YouTube and I have to say...|
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"Learn by teaching", they say, and
How to be Assertive
"Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you ARE!"
That's what Shakti Gawain thinks about assertive behavior.
And 'being' is much more powerful than 'doing', after all! But maybe you just think it's simply being able to stand up for yourself.Well, whatever you believe is true about assertive communication...
And, as always, your views on assertiveness are welcome! Please share your thoughts here!
How To Be Assertive (Not Aggressive)
What I say...
Hmm, this is one of those 'blind leading the blind' situations that makes this self help website unique. And that's because assertiveness is not one of my strong points. Yet! I do know a lot about the theory behind assertive behavior, but putting it into practice is where I have struggled I will admit. (I recognise that this is one of the most important social skills, though, so that's why I'm intending to really boost my assertiveness in 2012 by taking action!)
Yes, this is very much one of those times when learning how to be assertive is important but taking action is vital!
So, how to be assertive?
So by all means learn to stand up for yourself, by following the advice below, but understand that you need to do much more than that, you need to BE you.
Okay, this might not make sense to you right now. And in that case just stick with learning some assertiveness techniques or improving your listening skills (as discussed below). But if you can access your true power it will be a much better way for you to be assertive in the long run.
It's still useful to follow practical advice, though. And this is the essence of this advice on assertive communication:
Okay, I wish you well in your quest to learn how to be assertive. Please do let me know how you get on. Thanks.
What this recommended resource has to say...
Learn to meditate!
It's obvious really that being able to calm yourself down, and centre or ground yourself, is bound to help your communications with both yourself and others. And meditation is one great way of doing this.
what YouTube has to say...
"How to teach girls to be assertive" is a fascinating video aimed at girls, created by Howdini.com. It's an interview that basically discusses the differences between assertiveness and aggressiveness, and then goes on to explain how assertive behavior is perceived by both girls and their mothers. Worth a watch, especially if you have to deal with girls.
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