How do you make yourself more assertive?

Office Dynamics

Question: “I’ve heard many times from colleagues and people close to me that I’m just not assertive enough to really get ahead and achieve the things I want. We’ve written a more than a few articles on this subject as well that we can share here and we encourage you to reply in the comments below for Mercedes as well as any assistant who finds themselves looking for answers, tips, and tools on “how to make yourself more assertive.”

How to be an assertive assistant

Practically Perfect PA

How many times are assistants told to be more assertive? It seems to me the word is everywhere we look, it is on our job descriptions, it is in our objectives and there are a ton of courses solely dedicated to making assistants more assertive. It seems we must constantly assert ourselves or we are total failures at the job! I think it is hard for assistants to be really assertive, especially when we want to be helpful, supportive and take a flexible approach with our work.

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How To Be More Assertive Without Becoming Disrespectful

Dumb Little Man

While some people are naturally more assertive, others are naturally more submissive. In today’s world, choosing to be more assertive can help you be more successful. Assertive people tend to be better communicators. However, if you are naturally submissive, learning how to be more assertive can be tough. But, there’s a lot on the line when it comes to being assertive. You don’t have to go from being fully passive to fully assertive overnight.

Assertive versus Aggressive

Office Dynamics

Be Assertive, Not Aggressive. What is the difference between assertive behavior and aggressive behavior? Assertiveness has to do with having an “attitude of confidence.” When you are assertive, you not only ensure that your needs are met to get the job done, but you actually help others be more efficient and effective. Assertiveness is caring about yourself and what you need as well as caring about others and their needs. Benefits of Being Assertive.

7 Tips for Executive Assistants Who Want To Be More Assertive

Office Dynamics

Do you want to be more assertive? Learning how to tactfully voice your opinions and assert your needs as an executive assistant is important. Many assistants have crossed the line from assertive to aggressive. So what is the difference between assertive and aggressive? Many people confuse assertive and aggressive behavior. What’s the difference between being assertive and aggressive? Assertiveness is the way to go because it is the happy medium.

Assertiveness is Key for a Successful Sales Representative

Small Business CEO

Chances are that assertiveness is among their top qualities. A good amount of assertiveness implies a secure sense of self while in the role or position; the candidate recognizes which prospects to give energy to, has an understanding of urgency on a call, but also knows when to pull back and when to give potential clients some breathing room. … Management Marketing assertiveness sales representative

Assertiveness or Weakness?

Office Dynamics

The best time to be assertive with a person is in the early phase of your relationship! Assertion : Confidently expressing what you think, feel, and believe. Look for Part 2 of this blog later next week: Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness? As I’m preparing to teach one of the modules from my Star Achievement Series® curriculum, I just came across something I want to share with you.

Choosing When to Assert Yourself

Office Dynamics

Being assertive involves some risk because you aren’t guaranteed of the outcome. However, you will have a better chance of having your needs met with assertive action than by being passive or aggressive. When communicating assertively, it’s a good idea to start at the end —what you want to see happen and then work backward by communicating your needs. List the pros – what are the good outcomes if you assert yourself or your needs? (Part 2 of 2).

Choosing When to Assert Yourself

Office Dynamics

Being assertive involves some risk because you aren’t guaranteed of the outcome. However, you will have a better chance of having your needs met with assertive action than by being passive or aggressive. When communicating assertively, it’s a good idea to start at the end —what you want to see happen and then work backward by communicating your needs. List the pros – what are the good outcomes if you assert yourself or your needs? (Part 2 of 2).

Administrative Assistants Assert Themselves in the Workplace

Office Dynamics

What actions can an administrative assistant take to assert themselves in the workplace?" During a webcast, I was asked, "Sometimes the work of administrative assistants can be overlooked. This is a great question and I am taking an excerpt from my Star Achievement Series® training certification program. Promote Yourself. Don’t let any positive accomplishment go unnoticed. Be visible to the right people. Determine who should know your talents.

Pros and Cons of Being Assertive

Office Dynamics

Many administrative professionals and non-exempt employees ask me about how to be assertive without burning bridges or coming across as aggressive. One admin asked, “Can you provide assertiveness techniques and communication skills that I can put into practice?”. Many people confuse assertiveness with aggressive behavior. Assertive people care that their needs are met while caring about others. Assertive People: · Are direct and specific. (Part 1 of 2).

Pros and Cons of Being Assertive

Office Dynamics

Many administrative professionals and non-exempt employees ask me about how to be assertive without burning bridges or coming across as aggressive. One admin asked, “Can you provide assertiveness techniques and communication skills that I can put into practice?”. Many people confuse assertiveness with aggressive behavior. Assertive people care that their needs are met while caring about others. Assertive People: · Are direct and specific. (Part 1 of 2).

Administrative Assistants Assert Themselves in the Workplace

Office Dynamics

What actions can an administrative assistant take to assert themselves in the workplace?" During a webcast, I was asked, "Sometimes the work of administrative assistants can be overlooked. This is a great question and I am taking an excerpt from my Star Achievement Series® training certification program. Promote Yourself. Don’t let any positive accomplishment go unnoticed. Be visible to the right people. Determine who should know your talents.

Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness?

Office Dynamics

Can lack of assertiveness be interpreted as weakness? I’m going to share with you points that have been discussed on this topic when I’m teaching administrative assistants and support staff personnel how to be assertive. It’s ironic that I’m writing about this topic today because I just wrote an overview yesterday for a workshop on assertiveness that we are conducting for a major corporation soon. Assertiveness has to do with having an “attitude of confidence.”

Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness?

Office Dynamics

Can lack of assertiveness be interpreted as weakness? I’m going to share with you points that have been discussed on this topic when I’m teaching administrative assistants and support staff personnel how to be assertive. It’s ironic that I’m writing about this topic today because I just wrote an overview yesterday for a workshop on assertiveness that we are conducting for a major corporation soon. Assertiveness has to do with having an “attitude of confidence.”

Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Communication Skills Productivity Self Development UncategorizedFrom Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018).

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Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Office Dynamics

Why assertiveness in the workplace matters, especially for assistants, how it benefits you and what it really means. 7 essential action steps for becoming a more assertive assistant. Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Difficult People Self Development Work EnvironmentAn important component to self-management versus stress-management is to set healthy boundaries in the workplace. In this article what kind of boundaries and with whom.

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Getting Things Done

Office Dynamics

Be assertive and ask for more details or get the bigger picture to reduce back and forth time or going off on the wrong tangent. Assertive Conflict Resolution Organizational Skills Problem Solving Productivity Self DevelopmentGetting things done in the workplace is one of my favorite topics to speak on and write about. I have been passionate about this topic for 28 years.

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Staying Energized Throughout The Week

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Career Management Motivators Problem Solving Productivity Self Development Stress Management Uncategorized Work-Life BalanceAs you know, I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend.

2018 154

Choose A Positive Attitude

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Productivity Self Development Stress Management UncategorizedFrom Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING on attitude since 1990. What I said in 1990 still holds true today.

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Cleanup and Organize Your Workspace

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Assertive Attitude Motivators Organizational Skills Stress Management UncategorizedSummer is a great time to do a little cleanup and organize your workspace. Business is usually a little quieter, employees take a vacation, and there seems to be a more relaxed work atmosphere.

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Free Webinar Teaches You How to Develop Your Persuasion Skills

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Admin Assistant Training Admin Tips Assertive Assistant Training Career Management Communication Skills Self Development assertive change maker communication free webinar getting to yes how to get what you want at work persuasion training for assistants world class assistant

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Teach Your Executive How to Work with You

Office Dynamics

Assertive Career Management Executive And Assistant PartnershipToday, I thought I’d take a little different spin and share with you an excerpt from a chapter in my newest book for assistants, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed. In my early days as a secretary I didn’t know how to teach my executives how to work with me or what I needed.

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Do you really “get” emotional intelligence?

The Small Business Blog

Personal Effectiveness anger assertiveness dene stuart EI emotional intelligence emotions influence Over the last couple of months I have been running a series of workshops on emotional intelligence and from them I am now running a further series of six workshops going deeper into different aspects of EI. One of the interesting learnings for me has been the realisation that EI is one of those things… Read the full article here: Do you really “get” emotional intelligence?

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Do You Have A Problem Saying No?

Office Dynamics

How do assert myself when I can’t take on any more?” Need more help in the area of asserting yourself? Check out my entire series of blogs and webinars that can help you build your assertiveness in the workplace. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Interpersonal Skills Problem Solving Self Development UncategorizedWhat are your tips on the best way an assistant can overcome their problem saying no.

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How to Help Your Manager Get Things Done – Ask an Admin

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Ask An Admin Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Problem Solving Productivity Teamwork Time Management UncategorizedIf you are an Administrative Professional looking for your questions to be answered by your peers, then this is the place for you! This is the best blog for advice for administrative assistants and executive assistants provided by Office Dynamics International. This week Renee C.

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Develop a Healthy Curiosity

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Problem Solving Productivity Self DevelopmentI would like to focus on tips from my high-end boot camp for administrative and executive assistants called World Class Assistant. The topic is Develop a Healthy Curiosity.

2018 164

How do I Deal with an Executive that Always Says Yes? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Ask An Admin Assertive Conflict Resolution Meetings Problem Solving UncategorizedWelcome to Ask an Admin! This is where any administrative assistant or executive assistant can submit any question they have and your peers can weigh in on the conversation with their advice. There is more than one way to approach a situation or problem so we would love to hear your input! This week Karen asks: How do Administrative Professionals deal with an executive who says yes to everything?

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Introduce Yourself to Yourself

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Career Management Interpersonal Skills Self Development UncategorizedYou’re not the person you once were. Times change. People change. You have changed, too. You owe it to yourself to make time for introspection so that you’re not a stranger to yourself.

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How To Be Effective In The Office

Office Dynamics

Communication experts agree that replacing “think/feel” with “believe” expresses even more assertiveness and self-confidence to management, colleagues, and clients: “ I believe you’re right.” Administrative Professionals Week Assertive Attitude Career Management UncategorizedHow to be effective in the office. I’d like to share with you a few little workplace-effectiveness techniques that boost success.

2018 150

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

Assertive Attitude Career Management Meetings Self Development UncategorizedScheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some.

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6 Ways for Assistants to Gain Respect

Office Dynamics

Furthermore, communication—including speaking skills, assertiveness and the ability to read an audience or situation—and appearance contribute to a person’s perceived executive presence. Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Professional Image Self Development UncategorizedA powerful, but underutilized, way for administrative and executive assistants to gain respect and be taken seriously is to exude executive presence.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Building a Strong Partnership with Your Boss

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills Mgr/Asst Team Productivity 12 Days of Christmas administrative assistant administrative partnership assistant manager partnership effectiveness executive assistant executive assistant training for managers free webinar free webinar for administrative professionals management manager/assistant team productivity strategic partnership workplace partnership

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Today’s Administrative Assistant Has Power

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Administrative Professionals Day Administrative Professionals Week Assertive Career Management Self Development(Excerpt from Become an Inner Circle Assistant book, Joan Burge). For the first time in history, the administrative professional’s job description hints at the full engagement of cognitive powers.

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Don’t Be a Dragon to Yourself (Part 3 of 3)

Office Dynamics

Lack assertiveness. The problem with not being assertive is we let people walk over us. If you don’t feel you are assertive, take some classes. Assertive is about getting your needs met while being considerate of others. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Conflict Resolution Difficult People Interpersonal Skills Motivators Self DevelopmentIf you read the past two blogs, you will know that I have been talking about office dragons.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Creativity Interpersonal Skills Leadership Networking Problem Solving Productivity Professional Image Self Development Teamwork Time Management Uncategorized Workplace Tools #adminconf 12 Days of Christmas admin admin professional assistant professional development assistant webinar conference conference for assistants executive assistant conference free webinar the accelerated assistant

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Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed!

Office Dynamics

If someone is doing something or saying something that is unacceptable to you, then you need to speak up in a professional and assertive manner. Welcome to April. Wow, where is the time going? April is one of my favorite months because, here at Office Dynamics, we get to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of those in the administrative profession! In case you are not aware, Administrative Professionals Week is April 24 – 28. But we celebrate the entire month of April.

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How do I Write Admin Goals? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Ask An Admin Assertive Attitude Career Management Self Development UncategorizedThis week we are going to post two questions from different administrative professionals so we can get those helpful answers to them more quickly! The first question comes from Velma, and she asks: How do I write “Admin Goals?” ” Most companies want you to submit S.M.A.R.T. goals but admin duties are ongoing and don’t have completion dates (unless it is a specific task).

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Mastering Exceptional Self Leadership for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Leadership Self Development Workplace Tools 12 Days of Christmas administrative assistant assistant executive assistant free webinar professional development programs for assistants self leadershipIn this free webinar Joan Burge dives right into the important skills that any administrative professional needs to embrace to become an exceptional self-leader. We invite you to view the webinar replay: Mastering Self Leadership. Webinar Resources.

2016 122

Practicing Principles of Persuasion

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills administrative assistant courage negotiation persuasion workplace skillsThis week I have a short but powerful Monday Motivator for you. Tomorrow we’ll be offering a free webinar focused on Getting to Yes, which has brought up a lot of thoughts around the idea of assistants needing to build the power of their persuasive skills. Here are 7 ideas for principles of persuasion to implement right away.

2015 180

When is it too soon—or too late—to thwart bullying?

Office Dynamics

Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Difficult People Executive And Assistant Partnership Problem SolvingEach month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation about this month’s question. Question: “I’ve told myself that if my boss takes a very bullying tone to me again, I’ll speak up about it.

2018 106

Getting People to Notice You At Work

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Admin Tips Assertive Assistant Training Career Management Professional Image Workplace Tools get noticed get noticed at work how to get your boss to notice you shine stand outDo you struggle with letting your light shine? When you work in a mid to large size organization it is easy to get lost in the crowd. If you are lost in the crowd, people cannot promote you, support your goals, recommend you for projects or leverage your great talents.

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Personal Tune-Up

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week Assertive Problem Solving Productivity Self DevelopmentA Personal Tune-up for Peak Career Performance. If you’re feeling more energized than usual these days, that’s because it’s Spring. As humans, we’re hard-wired to feel the boost that comes with warmer temperatures and fresh, new beginnings everywhere! Even in the cities, there are blooming flowers and baby birds. Life bustles – and we can’t avoid responding.

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