With a little conscious effort, you can become more assertive and in turn more confident. There’s an air of assertiveness. Here are four helpful tips to being more assertive:

  • Establish priorities, i.e., know your boundaries or things you refuse to compromise on
  • Be simple, honest, and direct (don’t be passive aggressive)
  • Act assertive even if you don’t feel that way, e.g., stand erect, speak up, maintain eye contact
  • Use “I” rather than “you” statements