7 Quick Steps to being more Assertive

Not being assertive enough is a common problem for most people. There are always times when we don’t speak up for ourselves – we decide it is best just to leave things alone. The problem is if we continually fail to assert ourselves when we are unhappy, this in turn has a compound effect on our confidence. If left unchecked it can lead to depression, anxiety disorders, anger management issues and low self-esteem.

Follow the steps below the next time you need to be assertive and learn how easy it can be:

1.       Clearly state what it is you would like or would like to happen

2.       Listen to the other person’s point of view fully

3.       Keep your cool – becoming aggressive will only start a unproductive argument

4.       Use open body language and expressive gestures

5.       Maintain eye contact – although avoid glaring at the other person for the entire conversation!

6.       Look for the win-win solution – it’s the quickest way to achieve an agreement

7.       Practice – changing our behaviour takes time and being assertive becomes easier with practice.

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