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In today's episode of 7 Good Minutes, we talk about How to Be Assertive without Being Rude.
Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to speak up, but you don't want to come across as being rude? It's a delicate balance, but it is possible to be assertive without being impolite. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Pick Your Battles
You don't have to be assertive all the time. In fact, picking your battles is an important part of knowing when to speak up and when to keep quiet. Not everything is worth getting worked up about, so before you start speaking your mind, ask yourself if the issue at hand is really worth your time and energy.
If it's not, then let it go.
Be Direct and Clear
When you do need to assert yourself, make sure that you are direct and clear about what it is that you want or need. Ambiguous language will only muddy the waters and make it more difficult to get your point across. Be specific, and use “I” statements to avoid coming across as confrontational.
For example, instead of saying “You're being inconsiderate,” try “I would appreciate it if you would please take my feelings into consideration.”
Listen and Respect Other Opinions
Just because you have a different opinion doesn't mean that you are necessarily right and the other person is wrong. It's important to listen to what the other person has to say and to respect their point of view, even if you don't agree with it.
Avoid getting defensive, and try to see things from their perspective.
Being assertive isn't always easy, but it is a valuable skill to have. The next time you find yourself in a situation where you need to speak up, keep these tips in mind so that you can assert your needs without coming across as being rude or impolite.
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