Assertiveness Training: Gain Respect and Personal Power
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Assertiveness Training: Gain Respect and Personal Power

Learn to assert yourself to achieve your dreams and your desires. Live a richer, more confident, more fulfilling life.
3.9 (19 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2016
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Includes:
  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 6 mins on-demand audio
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop assertive communication skills
  • Articulate characteristics of assertive people
  • Discern differences between assertive, aggressive, and passive communication
  • Focus on individual characteristics for overall assertive communication development
  • Draw from a variety of assertive phrases
  • Articulate nonverbal communication cues of assertive people
  • Internalize assertive practices
  • Incorporate more assertive communication into your daily life
  • Improve communication competence
  • Become more assertive
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Requirements
  • Students need to bring a willing attitude, nothing more
Description

Assertive people ask for what they want and don’t let others either intimidate them or enrage them. They speak up to express their needs and desires. They hold true to their internal power and the little voice inside that asks to be heard. They speak calmly and diplomatically, carefully and firmly, without offending reasonable people. They comfortably say “no” when they need to, without belittling or insulting others.

Assertive people are neither passive nor aggressive. Passive people know they need assertiveness training to find their voice and not allow others to take advantage of them or dismiss them. They need help finding ways to stand up for themselves and be heard!

Aggressive people don’t usually think they need assertiveness training because they believe they get their needs met just fine. The thing is, aggressive people roll over others, bullying them into submission. Even if they cover their aggression with humor, they bully others without concern for other people’s feelings or needs. This isn’t okay either. Aggressive people need help finding ways to be more respectful of others during moments of conflict, and to behave appropriately.

This course helps both passive people and aggressive people find their voice within the appropriate expressions of assertiveness. It helps passive people find the strength to speak up, and it helps aggressive people stop bullying.

The material for this course comes entirely from science. Investigators and researchers have spent their lives examining assertive communication and how it differs from both passive and aggressive communication. That’s one thing that makes this course different from the others out there. It’s not about the instructor’s individual perspectives at all, but tested and proven strategies and techniques.

Another thing that sets this course apart from other assertiveness courses is that we are not interested in why people are passive or aggressive at all. In fact, communication research says that for some people these characteristics are in their DNA while for others it’s in their conditioning. We simply don’t care about that. We only care about the communication behaviors that make assertiveness happen. We start with definitions about assertive communication and how it differs from passive and aggressive communication, then work through many ways that assertiveness can show in your communication behaviors. Exercises help reinforce your learning and give you practice for when certain situations arise in your real life. Quizzes make sure you’re following along properly.

So stop getting walked on, and stop walking on people to get your way! Learn assertive communication and improve your own well-being and communication appropriateness. Just a couple of hours can change your life for the better. Becoming more assertive is just a matter of learning what that looks like. This course shows you how!

Enroll now and start today!

Contact the instructor for a $10 coupon.

Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone who wishes to be more assertive, as opposed to passive or aggressive
  • For anyone who wants to develop a more balanced outlook on life
  • For anyone who wants to use communication respectfully to achieve personal goals
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 52:07
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Introduction
2 Lectures 06:46

Introduces course. Explains the approach the course takes and what the student can expect from the course.

The links below takes you to assertiveness tests. Take these tests to see if your assertiveness level is where you want it to be. If it is, excellent work! If it isn't, this course is definitely for you.

Preview 02:24

Lecture offers key definitions, which are necessary to provide a foundation for the ideas to be discussed in upcoming lectures.

Preview 04:22

Definitions
6 questions
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Characteristics of Assertive People
6 Lectures 12:38

Lecture introduces section on assertiveness characteristics. Explains that characteristics are organized into four clusters. Each cluster is represented by one lecture.

Introduction to Characteristics
02:14

Characteristics of the assertiveness cluster "directiveness", with sample phrases demonstrating these characteristics.

Please see "downloadable materials" for an outline of the lecture and exercises for this concept.

Preview 01:52

Characteristics of the assertiveness cluster "social assertiveness", with sample behaviors demonstrating these characteristics.

Please see "downloadable materials" for an outline of the lecture with sample phrases, and exercises for this concept.

Cluster 2: Social Assertiveness
03:32

Characteristics of the assertiveness cluster "defense of rights", with sample phrases demonstrating these characteristics.

Please see "downloadable materials" for an outline of the lecture with sample phrases, and exercises for this concept.

Cluster 3: Defense of Rights
02:45

Characteristics of the assertiveness cluster "independence", with sample phrases demonstrating these characteristics.

Please see "downloadable materials" for an outline of the lecture with sample phrases, and exercises for this concept.

Cluster 4: Independence
01:11

Lecture summarizes and recaps the lectures on assertive characteristics.

Conclusion to Characteristics
01:04

Characteristics
5 questions
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Nonverbal Communication Cues of Assertive People
5 Lectures 11:01

Lecture introduces the section on assertive nonverbal communication cues.

Introduction to Nonverbal Cues for Assertiveness
01:03

Lecture on nonverbal communication areas of vocalics (voice) and proxemics (space). Discusses how to focus on various components of these areas for assertive communication.

Nonverbal Cues for Assertiveness 1: Vocalics, Proxemics
02:40

Lecture on nonverbal communication areas of haptics (touch) and kinesics (movement). Discusses how to focus on various components of these areas for assertive communication.

Nonverbal Cues for Assertiveness 2: Haptics, Kinesics
03:16

Lecture on nonverbal communication areas of facial expressions, gaze (eyes), and clothing. Discusses how to focus on various components of these areas for assertive communication.

Preview 03:04

Brief lecture summarizes the section on Nonverbal Cues for Assertiveness, offers recommendations for incorporating them into your daily life.

Conclusion to Nonverbal Cues for Assertiveness
00:58
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Additional Tips
4 Lectures 17:37

Downloadable document offers examples for saying no in various situations.

Saying No
2 pages

Tips for developing an assertive mindset.

An Assertive Mindset
04:55

This lecture is intended specifically for passive communicators wanting to transform into a more assertive communication style. It discusses the challenges specific to a passive mindset and offers suggestions for overcoming them.

For Passive Communicators
06:42

This lecture is intended specifically for aggressive communicators wanting to transform into a more assertive communication style. It discusses the challenges specific to an aggressive mindset and offers suggestions for overcoming them.

For Aggressive Communicators
06:00
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:05

Reviews and summarizes course. Offers final comments and tips.

Downloadable outline represents entire course.

Conclusion
02:05
About the Instructor
Dr. Michele Poff, PhD
4.3 Average rating
374 Reviews
8,530 Students
5 Courses
Social Scientist, Communication

Hi! I'm Dr. Michele Poff. I have a PhD in Communication*, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and a BA in English**. I've taught university courses in communication and English language for 14 years.

I'm so pleased to have discovered Udemy! This platform allows me to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine, which is to bring the knowledge I've acquired in so many years of university education to people outside of my university courses. Now thanks to Udemy, I can help all kinds of people all over the world who want to improve their lives.

You can be confident that all of my courses come from solid science or unique personal experience, and you will know the difference. For example, there is no science for freelancing tips, and at the same time, I wouldn't dare create a course on confidence, assertiveness, or relationships based on personal experience. Instead, as a PhD, you can be confident that the material I bring to you is grounded in solid science, and is the result of years of scientific research. These are not university courses of course, as they are a lot shorter and a lot simpler here. But I do take pride in creating university-quality courses for my Udemy students. What you get from my courses is complete confidence that the material I offer you is solid and accurate, according to the science on the specific topic. It is not my own opinion. I always do a lot of homework to bring to you the very best courses I can, that are based in solid research and fully backed by science. So the information you learn in my courses isn't just "what my Udemy teacher said," but rather you can be confident that what you get in my courses is "what the science says." This is a really important feature that separates my courses from most of the other courses on Udemy. Everyone has a perspective, and sometimes those perspectives are insightful. But in the end, those are just personal perspectives, and are no different from everyone else's. If you want to be able to rely on the information you receive in your course as accurate and valid in general as the science has shown, instead of being true only for the person teaching the course, then my courses are a good fit for you!

You are in good hands with me :)

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*University of Washington is currently ranked number 3 of the world's public universities. It is ranked number 16 of all universities in the world.

**University of California, Berkeley is consistently ranked number 1 of the world's public universities. It is consistently ranked in the top five of all universities in the world, usually behind Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.