Many people think that assertive communication means retreat. Actually, the opposite is true and if you properly use assertive communication, success is almost assured. Assertiveness is not aggressive, but working sensitively with a counterpart. Unlike manipulation or aggressiveness and superiority, assertiveness respects others. Briefly, it’s the art of saying NO, explaining one’s own opinions and […]
Those who claim they do not know stress and nervousness are lying. Stage-fright is quite usual even for skilled speakers. It confirms anchorman Larry King’s quote that “stage-fright is a sign you seriously care about your speech or presentation.” Heart pounding, mouth dry, breathing shallow, sweating – all simply signs of stress, affecting every speech […]
Anger is a bad counselor. This is true, especially in interpersonal communication. Under the pressure of anger, stress, anxiety and nervousness, we completely change our verbal and nonverbal communication. Our otherwise reasonable thinking and distinguished manner disappears and one can change to a roaring monster, completely out of control. It is natural. Every living organism […]
“Nothing special,” is the typical Czech’s answer to the simple, all-time question, “How are you?” But why is this so? Has everything in the Czech Republic gone horribly awry?