assertiveness course
Assertiveness is all about balance

How could our assertiveness training help your people?

Our assertiveness course can help you in a number of ways, so that you can develop your assertive behaviours, which we explore here:

1. Give you the words

Because we tailor the training to your situation, this means we can go as far as discussing the actual words you could use to be more assertive. We never tell you what to say, but we can make suggestions and discuss options. In addition we will practise different options and assess their suitability.

2. Explore the context

Within the workshop we will discuss with you the context of your situation. You can tell us as much as you want to about the situation where you would like to be more assertive. We will then discuss this context and explore ideas to help, which means you gain practical ideas and tips.

3. Review the motivation for change

One of the key parts of our assertiveness course is to look at what happens if we don’t behave more assertively. You will probably be very aware of this, but discussing it often helps to motivate change, especially when you hear other people with very similar situations. We find this means you’re more likely to make a change.

4. Reflect on how we got here

It can be really useful to discuss the behavioural choices we made which led to this situation. We discuss psychology frameworks including conditioning, personality and work dynamics. Giving your situation a context like this helps to explain it.

5. Toolkit of ideas and strategies

Our assertiveness course gives you a toolkit of ideas and strategies to become more assertive. With these you can go forward with a clear plan of how and when you are going to develop assertiveness.

6. Context with behavioural change

Our experience in behavioural change will help you to see assertiveness in the context of a behaviour. We have created a powerful behavioural change action planning tool, which gives you the best chance to make the change you want to make.

7. Practice

One of the most appreciated parts of our assertiveness training are the practise sessions. With virtual training this means using breakout rooms with 2 or 3 people in each, discussing and practising their skills.

Assertiveness course features

Our assertiveness training is more of a workshop, which means participants are engaged and working on their skills. We take your challenges and typical situations as a basis for discussion. A comfortable and productive atmospehere is created to allow all participants discuss their challenges freely.

The assertiveness course helps you achieve the balance to becoming more assertive. We tailor the training to fit your needs and within your context. We have done this with secretaries, lawyers, managers, IT people, project managers and business service managers. Whatever your organisational dynamics, we tailor our assertiveness course to fit your needs.

assertiveness equals balance
Assertiveness takes practise like any balancing skill

Too much assertiveness and you could become aggressive

Assertiveness is about balance, therefore it’s important to conisder your approach. Whilst you might expect most people to need to be more assertive, as in being more forceful and standing up for themselves, for some people it’s the opposite. They are too forceful and above all, need to moderate their behaviour to have a more balanced approach. It’s all about balance.

Too little assertiveness and you could become submissive or passive

If we are not assertiveness enough that typically means we become submissive or passive. What’s more, our behaviour is interpreted as either agreeing to the suggestions being made, or not having an opinion either way. Both of which will be wrong.

The Goldilocks effect

As the old fairy story goes, Goldilocks found some porridge was too cold, some porridge too hot and one bowl of porridge just right. 

It’s the same with assertiveness, too much and you could slip into being seen as aggressive. Too little and you could be submissive and not get your point across. With assertiveness it needs to be just right, in other words, think of Goldilocks next time you want to be more assertive.

Assertiveness Course – How could this virtual training help you?