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Be assertive by Infinite Ideas

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2. Standing up for your rights

What’s in this chapter for you

  • Your right to have rights
  • Your right to be heard
  • Your right to make mistakes
  • Your right not to be overlooked
  • How to assert your rights

Your right to have rights

‘One of the things to watch out for as you become more assertive is the response of other people. For me, it was as if suddenly people noticed me. I woke up to find that for the first time people were listening to what I said and taking notice of my opinions. It was a bit scary at first, I can tell you.’

Gerry Pearson, junior retail manager

We are all used to having certain formal ‘rights’. Examples include:

  • the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness;
  • the right of free speech;
  • the right to be protected by the law;

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