Chapter 15. Time Flies: Negotiating Personal Effectiveness Through Assertion

Michael Lee Smith

Goals

  • To demonstrate to the participants the importance of assertive behavior in managing one's time.

  • To give the participants an opportunity to practice assertive behavior.

  • To give the participants an opportunity to receive feedback about their use of assertion in interpersonal issues that concern time management.

Group Size

Any number of trios.

Time Required

Two hours and twenty minutes to two and one-half hours.

Materials

  • A copy of the Time Flies Instruction Sheet for each participant.

  • A copy of the Time Flies Situations Sheet for each participant.

  • A copy of the Time Flies Partner Characteristics Sheet for each participant.

  • A copy of the Time Flies Observer Sheet for each participant.

  • A copy of the Time Flies Assertion Theory Sheet for each participant.

  • A copy of the Time Flies Action Plan for each participant.

  • A pencil for each participant.

  • A clipboard or other portable writing surface for each participant.

  • A newsprint poster prepared in advance showing the following chart:

    Role

    Player

    Partner

    Observer

    First Role Play

    A

    B

    C

    Second Role Play

    B

    C

    A

    Third Role Play

    C

    A

    B

  • A stopwatch for the facilitator's use.

  • A newsprint flip chart and a felt-tipped marker.

  • Masking tape for posting newsprint.

Physical Setting

A room in which the subgroups can work without distracting one another. Movable chairs should be provided.

Process

  1. The facilitator introduces the role play as an effective way of practicing new skills and explains that ...

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