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I'm Jenn Swanson and this is my podcast called Careers by Jenn (formerly The Communication Diva Podcast.)

I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born.

My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication.

Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards!

It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing!

This show is sometimes just me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and more often, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. (Come join our private Facebook group too, it's called The Careers by Jenn Community.)

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May 25, 2017

In today's episode, I was thinking about assertiveness particularly in the workplace and also for the job search…the time around getting into the workplace…when you are looking for a job and going through interviews and communicating with recruiters and possible employers.

In this episode:

I  want to do three things:

  • I want to remind you what assertiveness is
  • I want to talk about the benefits of being assertive especially around work and your career
  • And I want to give you 7 skills to practice…steps you can put into action today to help you get more assertive.I also talk about default behavioral styles and some of the characteristics of an assertive person.

What Being More Assertive Can do For You

Becoming good at being assertive can reduce stress and make for a more harmonious work life (and home life too!) Becoming assertive can actually be transformative…in your career and in your non-working world.

As with everything, it takes practice. Start small. Be patient with yourself and just keep practising. Choose one of these 7 skill-building tips and do it…today.