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Preface

Preface

This book is for anyone who wants to take charge and live life. Developing positive assertiveness can create personal and professional success and make things happen for you.

Will reading this book result in your being assertive? Not if all you do is read it. If, however, you read and complete the exercises and practice the techniques as recommended, you will learn how to develop assertiveness. This Third Edition includes a helpful new collection of follow-up practice situations in the summary. Completing these exercises over the course of several days or weeks will help you apply and hone your new skills. The book can’t make you assertive, but you can!

Developing assertiveness is more than just learning to talk differently. Being assertive requires thinking assertively, feeling confident, and behaving positively. In this book, you will learn how to develop each of these aspects of assertiveness. Explanations of personality and basic psychological concepts will help you gain an understanding about yourself and other people. Guidelines for word choices and behaviors, and numerous exercises, will help you change how you interact with others. Additional exercises will help you change your attitudes that interfere with being assertive.

Assertive people enjoy their work, play, friends, and family. Assertive people are effective, vital, and valued by others. With this book, some personal commitment, and a little time, you can become an assertive person and experience these benefits for the rest of your life.

You can do it!

Sam R. Lloyd

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