The Art Of Saying NO

LEARN HOW TO SAY A SIMPLE WORD THAT CAN FREE UP YOUR TIME

A lot of people have a hard time saying ‘no’

  • They feel it’s mean to say, risky to their career, or that they’re capable of doing whatever is asked of them (lack humility)

Saying ‘yes’ too often can lead to problems

  • You are more likely to experience stress, burnout, and even depression from the feeling of overwhelming it creates

  • Quality can suffer

It’s OK (sometimes great) to say ‘no’

  • People respect when you’re honest with them

  • It’s much better to have a polite no than a reluctant yes

  • Saying ‘no’ when you need to help you accomplish more of what matters to you

It’s easier to say ‘no’ when you have a really strong ‘yes’

  • A really strong yes is a crystal clear idea of what is of high priority and value to you – something so desirable that it makes it easy to say no to things that will keep you away from achieving it.

Use a simple ‘response template’ to be nice, kind, and strong about it

  • The gratitude – ‘I really appreciate you inviting me to [their request],…

  • The reason – ‘…but I’m already committed to [your yes].’, or ‘…but that’s not really my area of expertise.’

  • What I can do (optional) – ‘I do know someone who could help, here’s their contact info…’
    Well, wishes – ‘I hope you have a lot of success with it!’

Make it strong!

  • Avoid giving a weak ‘no’, such as, ‘I’m not sure’, or ‘I don’t think I can’

  • Make sure you’re very clear about saying ‘no’

CHALLENGE/NEXT ACTIONS

  • Practice saying the elements of the ‘response template’ (above) out loud several times – get so good at it that it simply flows from your lips!

  • Enlist a partner to throw at you potential requests that you can practice saying ‘no’ to

  • Say ‘no’ when you should!

  • generate confidence
  • Read Book The Art Of Saying NO

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