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Being assertive means expressing and standing up for your own or other people's rights in a calm, honest and positive way. By being assertive you are able to get your point across in a respectful way without upsetting others.

Here are some tips for practicing assertiveness:

  • Make eye contact with others, and use open body language, this shows confidence.
  • Be clear and concise with what you are saying, speak with clarity.
  • Set boundaries. Clearly define your limits and communicate them respectfully.
  • Respect the feelings and perspectives of others.
  • Believe in yourself and know your worth.
  • Practice saying no. Saying 'no' firmly and clearly when necessary is an important part of being assertive.