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  1. Assertiveness

  2. Program Objectives (1 of 2) • Understand the philosophy of being assertive. • Recognize the differences between being assertive and aggressive through exploration of personal reactions to given situations. www.readysetpresent.com

  3. Program Objectives (2 of 2) • Participate in role-playing exercises to practice the tenets of being assertive. • Instill in participants the courage to be assertive -- in the most appropriate and effective way. www.readysetpresent.com

  4. A Challenge Please Write a One Sentence Definition of A S S E R T I V E N E S S. www.readysetpresent.com

  5. Definition An honest, direct, and appropriate expression of one's feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. www.readysetpresent.com

  6. Test Your Assertiveness www.readysetpresent.com

  7. Test Your Assertiveness (1 of 3) • Can you express negative feelings about other people and their behaviors without using abusive language? • Are you able to exercise and express your strengths? • Can you easily recognize and compliment other people’s achievements? www.readysetpresent.com

  8. Test Your Assertiveness (2 of 3) • Do you have the confidence to ask for what is rightfully yours? • Can you accept criticism without being defensive? • Do you feel comfortable accepting compliments? • Are you able to stand up for your rights? www.readysetpresent.com

  9. Test Your Assertiveness (3 of 3) • Are you able to refuse unreasonable requests from friends, family, or co-workers? • Can you comfortably start and carry on a conversation with others? • Do you ask for assistance when you need it? • A “yes” response to the questions indicates an assertive approach. www.readysetpresent.com

  10. Why Assertiveness is Important? • Effective communication brings about the achievement of individual and/or shared goals. • Assertiveness increases your ability to reach these goals while maintaining your rights and dignity. www.readysetpresent.com

  11. The Myths about Assertiveness • Other people’s feelings and rights are more important than yours. • You will offend other people by being assertive. • You are not important enough to express your feelings and rights. www.readysetpresent.com

  12. Assertive Rights (1 of 2) • You have the right to be assertive. • You have the right to request that others change their behavior if they are infringing on your rights. • You have the right to use your own time to answer questions. www.readysetpresent.com

  13. Aggressiveness Is www.readysetpresent.com

  14. What Would You Say? www.readysetpresent.com

  15. When Confronted with a Problem www.readysetpresent.com

  16. What is your next step? www.readysetpresent.com

  17. Download “Assertiveness” PowerPoint presentation at ReadySetPresent.com135 slides include: helping you recognize, test and evaluate your own assertiveness, I statements, and assertive rights. Comparing passive, aggressive and assertive behaviors, the 6 personality types, assertive do's and don'ts, body language, and eye contact. Learn 9 types of assertive responses, dealing with conflict, overcoming fear, 4 steps to saying no, plus tips on becoming more assertive, how to's and more. Royalty Free - Use Them Over and Over Again. www.readysetpresent.com