Cultivate your Assertiveness

Reflect on your verbal habits and choose the answer that best describes you.

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* 1. About you

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* 2. What generation do you belong to?

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* 3. How often do you justify yourself/your contribution by using the word "Just"? i.e Just reaching out..., Just a quick...., Just wanted to ask..

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* 4. How often do you use qualifiers before sharing an idea? ie. "I'm no expert at this but"...., "Just thinking out loud here, "...., "I'm probably off base but....", etc

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* 5. After you've expressed your thoughts, how often do you ask "Does that make sense?", "isn't that right?", "I hope that makes sense." ?

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* 6. How often do you apologize unnecessarily? "I'm sorry, I just wanted to ask/say...." "I'm sorry, I'm not sure I'm being clear.", "I'm sorry, I'll be really quick and not take up too much of your time....", "I'm sorry, I just want to add...."

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* 7. How often do you soften your speech because you're afraid to come off too strongly? "I almost think we'd be better off by....." "I'm not 100% sure but...", "Perhaps we might consider looking at...". , "It would be great if you could find the time to look at..."

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* 8. Rate your ability to express yourself assertively and confidently while communicating virtually.

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* 9. Which of the following reasons best describes why you think you may be using minimizing language?

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* 10. Do you want to hear from VATE to explore options to strengthen your language?

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* 11. Out of interest, how did you discover this survey? 

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