Have you ever wanted to communicate how you are feeling and what you are thinking but you find yourself in a discussion because things didn't go as planned? When we are trying to communicate with other people, we need to be mindful of what we say and how we say it. That's what assertive communication is all about: expressing your thoughts and feelings clearly, honestly, and respectfully.
Here are some of the benefits you can have when you communicate assertively:
You increase your self-esteem and empowerment.
Respect flows both ways.
It helps your relationships grow stronger.
Allows you to set boundaries.
It helps prevent conflict and stressful situations.
Learning how to become a more assertive person will take time and practice but it will be worth it. You can start practicing by paying attention to your tone of voice, if it's too low that others will have a hard time understanding you, or if you tend to raise your voice. Also, what your body language is saying, keeping a straight posture and open arms. Recognize the situation where communication has fluctuated and what your emotions were at that moment.
This type of communication with help you and can be applied with your parents, family members, at work, with your friends, and with everyone. In Mind By Design® we have therapists that can help you learn more communication techniques and will help you set boundaries to have a better relationship with the people around you.