If you’re one of those people who always lets others cut in line in front of you or otherwise dominate routine social interactions with you, then you might be able to use some tricks that actors use to project a more assertive image. Matthew Berry and Steven Brown of McMaster’s University came up with a number of different character archetypes based on high, medium, or low levels of assertiveness and cooperation. In order to appear more assertive, you might want to try using the voice mannerisms and traits of a more assertive archetype than your own.
- Sometimes being nice does not get what you want and may result in your being pushed around by a more assertive individual.
- Certain techniques – such as voice tone and inflection, gesturing, and posturing – used by actors in a professional context can help you be more assertive in your day-to-day life.
- Even if you don’t feel assertive, you can easily employ these techniques to create that appearance.
“Practice these tricks yourself now by trying to portray the role of your favorite hero, or perhaps, favorite bully.”