Asserting a Need, Setting a Limit, and Saying No: A Workshop on Effective Communication

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Asserting a Need, Setting a Limit, and Saying No: A Workshop on Effective Communication


Thursday - September 20th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

LOCATION: 50 Milk Street Boston, MA 02109

Cost: Free

**Important Note: Space is limited: first come (at location), first serve!


Are you looking for ways to be both assertive and respectful in communicating with your friends? Do you intend to ask for a raise in your career? Have you been wanting to ask your romantic partner to clean the dishes?  How about providing constructive feedback to your employee? If you would like to learn a clear framework for asserting a need, setting a limit, or saying no, then this hands-on workshop is for you. You will leave this workshop having a clear way to organize your thinking, examine and reflect on your emotions, and feel confident that you can go into a conversation being authentic to yourself and respectful of the other person. Effective communication is important in every relationship you have, whether it’s your boss, colleague, family member, friend, roommate, romantic partner, and more, so let’s get going!

Who Is This Workshop For?

  • Looking to be assertive, authentic, honest, and respectful 
  • Engaged or a desire to be self aware and reflective 
  • Looking for a concrete, applicable framework

What You'll Learn:

  • A clear framework for asserting a need, setting a limit, and saying no 
  • Experience using the framework during the workshop 
  • A worksheet for continued practice 
  • Emily's email address in case you have questions after the workshop
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Instructor Bio - Emily Schweitzer

Passionate and deeply committed to personal transformation, Emily considers herself a life-long learner. She feels most authentic when embodying her core values of evergreen curiosity, compassion, experimentation, and service. While themes of agriculture, community organizing, and sustainability are woven throughout her graduate studies and professional resume (working for the government, an operating foundation, sustainability management consulting, and now finance), what you will not see is that from an early age Emily struggled with anxiety and depression - severely. It wasn’t until she came across dialectical behavioral therapy (or DBT) at age 23 that she began to shift from surviving to thriving. Her years of personal experience as a patient and student of DBT have shown her the power that emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness can have in shaping one’s thinking, behavior, relationships, and lens for viewing and interacting with the world around us. She looks forward to sharing her experience and continuing to learn. 

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