Try out these tips that can help in the workplace, in social situations, and at home with your family:
- Learn to say no. A simple “no, thank you” communicates to yourself and to others that “I respect myself enough to act in my own best self-interest, and I respect you enough to know that you will understand.”
- Maintain courtesy. Courtesy is the cornerstone of effective and assertive communication. It relays the assumption that you will treat your needs and those of others equally and that neither will suffer at the other’s expense.
- Be direct. Direct communication while maintaining courtesy is as important as saying “no” at the appropriate time.
- Meet your own needs. Hypoglycemia is an example of an urgent situation in which you must be assertive. Don’t put off treatment because you are afraid of offending someone with whom you are interacting.
- Be firm. It is important to be firm with both yourself and others. Make a plan about how you will handle certain situations. If pressured, explain your decision directly to others.
- Maintain self-respect. If you respect yourself, it will be easier to be assertive.