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  • Sarah Clark ~ Mariposa Coaching

New skills from the workshop today: Assertiveness: getting the balance right

Today's Mariposa Coaching 'Assertiveness skills: getting the balance right' workshop was a real joy to facilitate.

We started out with the following objectives:

- To have an understanding of different communication styles and benefits of using assertiveness;

- To improve ability to project greater self confidence when dealing with difficult situations and overcome barriers;

- To develop new strategies to get the balance right between responding to others' needs and ensuring you meet your own.

By the end of the session participants had worked hard to consider their own situations and how to use the 3 step model of assertiveness in working and personal life.

We considered how to express thoughts and feelings in terms of 'I feel' when communicating assertively. We looked at how to get the balance right between self care and respect for others in getting needs met. We completed written exercises, had discussions and then looked at a change to take forward from the learning. It was all about sharing experiences that have worked and changes we want to make. After all we don't always use the communication style we set out to use, accepting other's opinions whilst asserting your own is not always easy. We also had a laugh as learning works best when there is humour involved!

However whether a workshop is helpful or not is always person centred and I was blown away to get 100% in meeting needs/expectations/ structure/helpfulness of the workshop. Here some of the feedback:

'The most useful parts were the discussions and examples and the Alice in Wonderland comparisons. Sarah is a fantastic coach and I wished the course went on for much longer! Thoroughly enjoyed the training and will take many new skills away with me' Jade W, Options for Living Bath.

'Very comfortable setting, made to feel very welcome and able to contribute at any point. The workshop has made me feel a lot more confident in my right to be assertive. You were a very informative and relatable presenter'. Annabel, Options for Living, Bath.

Thank you to all those who attended!

I have been asked to put this on again so will be running another assertiveness skills workshop at Yanley Court, Long Ashton on a Sat soon so please get in touch if you wish to try out a Mariposa Coaching workshop in this area. 07811 740580.

Next workshops will be:

'Nurture yourself: reduce the stress in your life' at The Family Practice, Glos Road, Bristol 24.4 10 -12 or Yanley Court, Long Ashton 21.5 2-4pm. Bristol Health Hub 14.5 10-12 for 'Making the most of your time: getting the balance right'. 'Creating Healthy Relationships' 10.9.16 TBC venue & time.

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