Explain the difference between assertive and aggressive behavior and the many benefits of asserting yourself (strategically) at work. Hone best practices for assertive communication through verbal, visual, and vocal mediums to better understand the messages we’re sending.
Being assertive is essential for leadership. We know this! The data reveals the same conclusions: assertive communicators are more likely to be seen as leaders, are less anxious, and are more often promoted.
But the quality of assertiveness is nuanced for women. Research shows it’s women who know when to turn it on and off that reap the benefits.
Participants break into groups of 2-3 to draft responses to a variety of workplace scenarios requiring assertive responses.
Emphasize importance of mindful awareness as first step to behavior change. Code-switching as essential for aligning our communication (substance and style) with our goals and audience.
Emilie Aries, Bossed Up
Emilie Aries is a nationally recognized speaker and the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up, an innovative personal and professional training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers.
Aries is a regular contributor at Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Levo League and recently stepped up as the new co-host of Stuff Mom Never Told You, the fiercely feminist podcast by HowStuffWorks.
Emilie is a political organizer turned award-winning women’s leadership consultant. She has helped hundreds navigate career transition and prevent burnout. Her TED talk, “The Power of No,” shows how to set healthy boundaries and invest in sustainable long-term achievement.
Emi Kamemoto, Bossed Up
Emi Kamemoto is a cross-cultural communications and inclusion specialist, helping organizations bridge communications gaps between industries, age, and culture. Having joined the Bossed Up Team as a Digital Assistant in 2015, Emi quickly showed her expertise in building partnerships with companies, rising quickly to become an instrumental and influential member of the Bossed Up team.
Influenced by her upbringing in Japan and International Relations studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School, Emi utilized her expertise in relationship-building as Congressional Liaison at the Japanese Embassy to the US. Passionate about helping young women advocate for their work and career advancement, Emi is a certified Bossed Up trainer and also conducts leadership development workshops for the Japanese American Citizens League utilizing the power of spoken word poetry to help young leaders find the strength in their voice.