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Assertiveness Training for Women: Increasing Your Influence & Credibility

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Assertiveness Training for Women: Increasing Your Influence & Credibility

Women notoriously put the needs of others ahead of their own needs … often to the point of being taken for granted and being invisible. Assertiveness is having the self-confidence to be yourself.

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This seminar offers the opportunity to assess your own assertiveness and discover practical ways for developing techniques of assertive communication. By gaining self-knowledge and self-confidence, you can learn to be a more assertive communicator making your work life more enjoyable, productive and rewarding.

Women’s tradition of non-assertiveness

  • Socialization
  • The pitfalls of women’s communication rituals
  • Expectations, images and fears


What Is assertive behavior?

  • Identifying your place on the assertiveness continuum
  • Describing assertive, aggressive and unassertive behavior
  • Appropriate assertiveness
  • What’s so good about being assertive?

Your communication image

  • Communication mirror: assessing your style
  • What do your nonverbal messages say?
  • Tuning your voice
  • Blending voice, eye contact and posture to communicate confidence


Learning to be an assertive communicator

  • Harness the word power
  • Develop a natural style of direct, honest and spontaneous assertion
  • Use positive assertion to negotiate, influence and build win-win relationships
  • Give feedback and manage conflict without arousing resentment
  • Guidelines for receiving feedback
  • How to say “no” to unreasonable requests without offending or feeling guilty
  • Making your point without appearing “pushy”


Putting it all together with skill practice activities

Women who are newly hired, or promoted into a position that puts them in a position where they feel they are not on solid ground with their peers.

Women who are wanting to strengthen their status in the office environment and put themselves in a position to assume a larger role in the organization.

Women who want to be stronger, more confident communicators.

If there are any questions that we can answer, please don’t hesitate to reach out   paula.seiwert@wichita.edu

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