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Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. Assertiveness is mainly a communication style.

This talk, primer and suggestions on how to practise assertiveness will help you to:

  1. Distinguish between assertive and aggressive communication.
  2. Learn how to communicate your needs.
  3. Dispel myths about assertivess,
  4. Practice different ways of saying ‘no’.

Slides for this session are available on https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NEkCddPrgxwS7CPYPsqEW7Ig2UtbTKyug_VcEVWlgmg/edit?usp=sharing

Leave comments and questions for the speaker, Dr. Tarique Sani, on assertiveness, and your experiences with practising assertiveness.

Speaker: Dr. Tarique Sani is a psychotherapist, paediatrician, forensic expert, PHP geek, photographer, cyclist, and currently a runner.

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Assertiveness techniques - five ways to say 'no'

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