The Assertiveness Game™ | Assertiveness Skills Training Activity

A basic introduction into assertiveness at work. Raises awareness, stimulates discussion and develops confidence.

Learning Objectives

  • to recognise the differences between assertive, non-assertive, passive-aggressive and aggressive behaviours
  • to understand reasons behind aggressive behaviour
  • to discuss and agree the benefits of assertiveness
  • to learn and practise the language of assertive behaviour
  • to recognise when is it appropriate to be assertive
  • to improve assertive behaviour and self-esteem

Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a licence for repeat use with up to 12 participants per training session within your organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups.

  • Participants

    1 or 2 teams of 4-6 per team

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Raises awareness, stimulates discussion and gives confidence. Highly enjoyable, non-threatening approach.

Table-top boards provide a structure for teams to take it in turns to pick up three different types of card:

  • what people say: teams share views and decide whether quotes taken from workplace situations are assertive, non-assertive, passive-aggressive or aggressive.
  • awareness: a variety of issues to test knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • at work: a series of typical situations that occur at work. How would teams react?

All responses are noted on special handouts, for reference at the Debrief. In just 60 minutes a wide range of assertiveness issues are presented for groups to consider, exchange ideas and build understanding.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity using the PowerPoint presentation provided.
  • Set up the boards, cards and playing pieces for each group. There are two boards and you can have up to six participants at each board.
  • Decide on the order of the cards and which cards to use (you will not get through all 30).
  • Observe groups working through the cards.
  • Lead a discussion at the end to listen to groups and consolidate the learning.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Game Board
  • Set of 30 Cards
  • Two dice & playing pieces
  • Handouts
  • Questionnaire

We use 'The Assertiveness Game' training activity for assertiveness training and it is good for highlighting the different types of assertiveness. It is excellent - good fun and learning at the same time.

Elaine Morrison, HR Manager, Sheraton Hotel

I used 'The Assertiveness Game' as an add-on to our Assertiveness Training Course, which is part of our Skills Diploma Training Programme with Assistant Managers & Supervisors. It highlighted different styles of behaviour and how to react to them and identify with them. Very interactive. Kept the students involved and interested. Still talking about the course some days after it. Word soon got around about the game. Looking forward to doing some in depth evaluation of the game, I feel it got the message across quickly and it was easy to add on to an in house already recognised programme. Very good quality and value.

Allan Baines, Skill Development Manager, Rentokil Initial

I recently used 'The Assertiveness Game' with great results - it really got the group talking and was an excellent way of wrapping up a one day event.

Jane Crossman, L&D Business Partner, VolkerWessels UK

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