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  • Writer's pictureJill Matthews

How To Be More Assertive

Becoming more assertive can take time and practice, but it's a skill that can be developed with the right mindset and strategies. Here are some tips to help you speak up and stand out in your photography business:

  1. Define Your Goals: Before entering any conversation or interaction, identify the outcomes you hope to achieve. This will help you stay focused and communicate your needs more effectively.

  2. Control Your Emotions: Try to approach conversations and interactions when you're calm and in control of your emotions. This will help you communicate more effectively and avoid becoming overly defensive or aggressive.

  3. Practice Your Message: If you're nervous about speaking up, take some time to practice what you want to say beforehand. This can help you feel more confident and ensure you're communicating your needs clearly.

  4. Be Comfortable: When communicating, stand or sit in a way that's comfortable for you, and maintain eye contact with the person you're speaking with. This will help you appear more confident and assertive.

  5. Use "I" Statements: When communicating, use "I" statements to express your thoughts and feelings without blaming others. For example, say "I feel like I need more clarity on the project" rather than "You didn't give me enough direction."

  6. Be Honest: Speak honestly and directly about your goals, intentions, and feelings. This will help ensure that others understand where you're coming from and can respond appropriately.

  7. Say No: If someone asks you to do something that's unreasonable or beyond your capabilities, it's okay to say no. Explain your reasons and offer alternative solutions if possible.

By implementing these tips, you can become more confident in your interactions with clients, colleagues, and team members. Remember, being assertive is not about being rude or pushy but rather about ensuring that your voice is heard and your needs are met as a photographer.

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