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How to be assertive

Boost your decisiveness

  • Learn to communicate assertively and give more effective feedback
  • Increase your decisiveness and visibility within the organisation
  • Stand up for yourself while treating others with respect

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2 days (6 weeks)
Starting moment
Will start in September

You will learn this in How to be assertive

The key to assertive communication is to learn by doing. The various exercises in this training teach you to set your boundaries, give effective feedback and deal with tension and self-defeating thoughts. You’ll learn to see difficult situations from a new perspective. This increases your personal effectiveness and makes you more visible within your organisation.

The following subjects are covered: 

  • Making choices based on your values
  • Dealing with self-defeating thoughts
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Making and declining requests
  • Setting boundaries

The online assignments in MijnSN prepare you for the in-person training sessions. During the sessions, you will practise the techniques and learn to apply them to your real-life work situation.


  • You formulate your opinion decisively
  • You are more visible within your organisation
  • You set boundaries for unacceptable behaviour
  • You provide effective feedback

Stand up for what you believe

Target audience

You have a secondary vocational or university-level education and are looking for basic knowledge and skills to boost your assertiveness. You find it difficult to stand up to dominant behaviour. You know that you have more to offer than what you currently bring to the table, and you want to tap into your potential in your work life.


The total price contains the following components:

Training course 

The price of this course is € 1.295,00 (excl. 21% VAT). 

Do you pay the invoice yourself? Then you automatically get a beneficial advantage. Instead of a 21% VAT charge, you only receive a 10% fee. Your course price will then be € 1.424,50.

Course material

The price for the course materials is € 86,50 (excl. VAT). You will receive:

  • Personal licence for learning environment MijnSN
  • Succeskit SUAS NL
  • The stumbling blocks of the mind (book)
  • And now me (e-book)

Facility costs

The price for the use of the accommodation, coffee/tea and an extensive lunch buffet is € 160,00 (excl. VAT). You obviously do not pay any facility costs if you choose the online course in the 'virtual class'.


Start and end measurement

This course improves your skills. We can guarantee that. How? Before you start your course, you take a scan. This determines your starting level and helps set the right goals. You receive a personal report. That way, you know exactly where you stand, what you want to accomplish, and how to get there. Your trainer helps you to focus and develop, in order to reach your full potential. After your training is done, you take another scan. This end measurement shows how much you’ve grown, and where you can still develop your skills further.

Course days

The total duration of the training course is 6 weeks. The training course consists of an online kick-off and 2 blocks of 1 day. Your time investment is approximately two hours of self study a week: theoretical and practical through the MijnSN learning community.

Block 1 and 2

  • 1 day from 9.30 AM till 5.00 PM


The maximum group size for the training course is 12 participants.


Real learning starts with the practical application of what you have learned. You will commence several practical assignments within your own organization, selecting a mentor to supervise and stimulate your learning process - before the first meeting. The mentor could be your manager or a (senior) colleague. For more information on the mentor's role please visit www.suas.nl/mentor. After three weeks you will take your experiences in this regard to the next meeting.


On completion of the training course and subject to attendance and active participation, SUAS will award a certificate. Our certificates are highly regarded in the business community.


Are several colleagues facing the same challenge? Then in-company is the ideal option. This course or training can be organized within your organization. Our specialized sister company Relevance will develop this customized training program in cooperation with you. Relevance will then adapt the assignments and examples to the practical situation in your organization.

Benefits of Incompany

  • Efficient - You bring the knowledge and competences of entire teams to a higher level in one go.
  • High efficiency - The specific learning objectives and wishes of your colleagues are central.
  • Assurance - We use current practical situations for optimal assurance of learning goals.
  • Always - You decide when we organize the course or training.
  • Everywhere - We organize the course or training wherever you want. Inside or outside your organization.

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How to be assertive

Boost your decisiveness

  • Learn to communicate assertively and give more effective feedback
  • Increase your decisiveness and visibility within the organisation
  • Stand up for yourself while treating others with respect

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Judith Hoogkamp

Training advisor


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