JCI Cambridge’s Committee Member, Stuart Young gives a round up of the latest business workshop – Be Assertive!!
Wow – another engaging and worthwhile presentation for JCI Cambridge and I was impressed. Delivered by Garin Rouch of Outstand he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us all about being assertive to make the most of opportunities.
The evening started with the normal networking and although this can be a scary prospect for some people, I must admit that everyone at JCI was really friendly creating a welcoming atmosphere.
After a bit of networking, snacking and drinking we took our seats. People tended to stay within the groups that they had been networking in however I managed to get a seat at the back in order to observe the engagement of the audience…..
Just as we got comfy, we had the first group exercise!
Our mission (should we choose to accept it), was to line up in groups of about 7 facing each other, balancing a garden cane on both of our index fingers, and lower it to the ground whilst ensuring that we all maintain contact.
Easy, I hear you say – I think not – just try it!
After the group exercise, the workshop which lasted about an hour taught attendees what is meant be assertiveness and the skills required to find business solutions in a manner that doesn’t violate other people’s rights or cause undue anxiety. The session helped members’ develop techniques that will assist them to find solutions to business problems without putting people down, or having to back down yourself.
Afterwards, some people stayed behind and others left – the option is completely yours. All I would say is that compared to my other options for the evening, I know I chose wisely. I met a bunch of people with similar interests, I learned how to say no effectively, and had a really interesting and enjoyable night.
With restricted resources and a higher demand for additional work, isn’t it about time that you were more assertive?
Well done to JCI Cambridge and look forward to the next workshop.
To find out more about what was covered at the ‘Be Assertive’ workshop, then read Garin Rouch’s latest blog.
For more of JCI Cambridge’s upcoming events visit our Events Diary.
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This post was written by James Mitchell