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Four Other Ways of Saying NO

Four Other Ways of Saying NO

In life, you have to say no a whole lotta times. I know it’s not easy. In fact, sometimes it can be so tough to say no that you end up giving in and just saying yes. It’s human nature – we want to be agreeable, we want to be liked, and we want to be kind. Here’s a little help.


I really don’t enjoy that type of work.
Be frank with them if it’s something you really do not enjoy. Don’t kill yourself to please anyone.

I already have another assignment.
Whatever that assignment may be is your own choice. It may be helping an old lady, helping out in your kid’s school, a doctor’s appointment. That’s fine. That will have to wait. This is because I already have a few things to deal with and will not do the job to your satisfaction otherwise. You may say half bread is better than none but I would rather say it’s all or nothing.

It’s a case of ALL or NOTHING.
What you want doing will require my all, but presently I can only offer nothing. Thanks for thinking that I qualify. I am really honoured but the job exceeds my capability. Don’t be afraid to decline if it’s too high a task. Whilst you need to push yourself, you don’t want to push yourself over the cliff.

My schedule is full at the moment.
I cannot take on any new task. Produce the schedule if it’s truly full. This is one reason why you should keep a schedule. It will come to your aid in times like this. I don’t have an answer to that question. You are not supposed to know all. Take the pressure off yourself by speaking the truth. Let the enquirer know that you will find the answer to their question and come back to them.

All you are saying is NO not NEVER in most of these cases. That should allow both parties room for further communication next time. If the person truly respects you they will honour your honesty. They will love you for standing up for yourself. Learn more from this eBook.

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