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This exercise helps delegates to practice communicating assertively. Assertive communication as opposed to passive or aggressive communication is usually the best way to handle aggressive communication. The focus of this exercise is on learning how to constantly use assertive communication and not necessarily only at the beginning of a conversation.
Respond assertively to another group no matter how they respond to you.
Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes
Activity: 10 min round 1 + 10 min round 2 = 20 minutes
Group Feedback: 5 minutes
Was it easy to be assertive? Was it easy to become aggressive as soon as the other group showed aggression? What happened when the other group was passive? How did you feel about the lack of body language? Did you feel it was more difficult to show assertiveness or did it not matter?
If you did, then please help others benefit from this too:
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