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Be respectful

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4. Be respectful.

Speaking up is not just about speaking. Listening is important too. If you listen to others and respect their points of view, they’ll listen to what you have to say. When it’s your turn, be friendly but also be firm. Assert yourself, but don’t get angry. Keep trying, but don’t be pushy. You may want to rehearse what you will say. Is someone you’re dealing with being a jerk? Keep your cool by counting to ten or telling yourself “I can do this.” Then, refocus on why you’re there and explain what you want clearly, firmly, and politely.









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