Be More Assertive and Hold Your Ground in a Conversation

It can be rough when you don't feel like your heard in a conversation, but it can be even worse when someone hears exactly what you're saying and tries to steamroll right over you. Here are a few tips to help you stand your ground and get the respect you deserve in a conversation.

What It Means to Be Assertive

Being assertive isn't the easiest thing to jump into when you're shy, so perhaps the best way to start is by explaining what being assertive is not about. Being assertive does not mean being aggressive. Many people confuse the two or believe that you have to attack another person in order to assert yourself, but that's not the case. Being assertive does not mean that you make demands or tell someone what to do, and it also does not mean that you're only trying to get your way. In fact, you can be assertive and still find a way to reasonably compromise with someone, no problem.

It all comes down to respect. You show respect to who you're talking to, you make it clear that you want respect in return, and—most importantly—you respect yourself enough to not be a pushover. Remember, the point of being assertive is to make sure your thought gets the respect it deserves from others.
You're not trying to intimidate them or make them feel beneath you. So try to avoid sarcasm, snark, or other types of communication that could be taken the wrong way. Be sure to practice good presence in the conversation by maintaining eye contact, showing positive body language, and actively listening to whoever is talking. A little confidence never hurts either. If you go in with this mindset and practice these other tips, you'll manage to be assertive without looking like a jerk.



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