The Ultimate Guide to Saying No: 19 Word-for-Word Scripts for Almost Any Situation

Being discerning with your time, energy and attention is a must in today’s overstretched and overcommitted world. The ability to say no, gracefully and honestly, in a wide variety of situations is one of the most powerful skills you can develop.

As Warren Buffett once said, “You’ve gotta keep control of your time and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

Even if you know you’re protecting the resources and people that are most important to you, saying no can still feel terrifying. Especially if you hate conflict or worry you’re missing out on future opportunities. If that’s you, know this:

The right words with the right motives can make all the difference.

How to Say No Without Ruining A Relationship

You may have heard the adage, “No is a complete sentence.” But let’s be real. Would you ever respond to a dear friend, family member or a colleague with a curt “no” and expect those relationships to grow? Not so much.

“No” might be a complete sentence, but a few more words can make it a kind one. Click To Tweet

That’s why I’m excited for today’s episode. We’re covering an aspect of saying no that we haven’t explored before: how to say no to your boss, or anyone in a perceived position of influence or authority.

You’ll learn the two most common reasons to say no in this context and suggestions for how to do it right. This is crucial even if you’re an entrepreneur, because at some point you might find yourself in a collaborative project that requires you to say no while still moving the project ahead.

Plus, below this video you’ll get access to a free bonus download, The Ultimate Guide To Saying No: 19 word-for-word scripts to help you say no to just about anything — all with grace and compassion.

19 Ways To Say No

As I said in the video, every situation comes with its own challenges. Nuance does matter, and that’s why I put together this downloadable guide for you. Inside you’ll learn:

  • 19 different ways to say no with kindness and class (word-for-word scripts included).
  • The most common situations that require boundaries with coworkers, friends or customers (and the best ways to handle them).
  • 6 essential tips to saying no that you can adjust to any context or situation.
  • How to never feel guilty about saying no ever again.

Download your bonus so you can put these tips to use right now:

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If you’d like more MarieTVs related to the topic of saying no, check these out:

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

In the comments below, answer one or both of these questions:

First, when it comes to saying no — what specific situation do you find the most challenging and why? Is it saying no to friends or saying no at work or, for many creatives, saying no to yourself?

Second, what area of your business or life might improve dramatically if you said no more often?

In your comment, share as much detail as you can. Because thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough!

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Thank you so much for watching, sharing and spreading the word!

You continue to make this one of the brightest, most inspiring places online.

P.S. Know somebody who needs a nudge to say no more often? Give ‘em the courage and tools they need by sending them this episode.

With all my love and appreciation,

XO

How the Founder of Poo-Pourri Went From Business Failure to a $300 Million Company

The most successful, ambitious, prosperous entrepreneurs are often those who have failed…and failed HARD.

Now, when I say “fail”, I don’t mean: “No one bought my ebook” or “My article got rejected” failure. I mean substantial, teetering-on-homelessness kind of failure.

Take Suzy Batiz, today’s guest and founder of a brand I adore: Poo-Pourri. At 40, Suzy had multiple failed businesses behind her and was facing bankruptcy…for the second time. She called herself “the worst entrepreneur in the world” and swore she’d never go into business again.

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…until she had her Big Idea.

Watch and learn how she came up with Poo-Pourri and how it physically felt in her body when the idea wouldn’t leave her alone. Poo-Pourri is now a $300M brand with a viral video you’ve probably seen, Girls Don’t Poop.

In today’s MarieTV you’ll hear how Suzy went from mega failure to mega joyful success, including:

  • How she knew this idea was the big one (and how to choose which business idea to pursue if you have several)
  • The time she started asking house guests if they needed to go #2 ?
  • What she did after getting “caught with her pants down” and the massive apology she sent as a result
  • The simple 2-word philosophy that guides both her business and her life

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This episode is full of surprises and powerful insights. Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you. Which insight or takeaway meant the most to you and why? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

Suzy said it herself: “The world out there gets to delight in this offering.” Which is another way to remind you: The world really needs that special gift that only you have. Yes, even if you’ve stumbled countless times. Just keep going.

All my love and endless support,

XO

How to Channel Your Anger Into a Force For Good

Part of the process of writing and producing our show MarieTV involves combing through thousands and thousands of reader questions. (Want to submit yours? Do it here.) When 6-year-old Ava asked me why God made anger, I just had to answer.

Here’s why hers is such an important question. Because too often we’ve been taught that anger is not okay to feel. We’re afraid to experience or express our anger and wind up repressing it until it becomes unhealthy and even dangerous — for ourselves and others.

Anger is just energy and all energy can be transformed. Click To Tweet

But anger is a natural human emotion. It doesn’t have to be damaging or abusive. In fact, anger used constructively can be critical to building the kind of world we want to live in. In this MarieTV, you’ll learn a three-step process to channel anger into a powerful force for good.

While I framed my response for 6-year-old Ava, this simple approach can help anyone deal appropriately with anger, whether you’re 6 or 106. (Since our young viewer asked about anger in the context of God, I thought it was best that She made an appearance too. ?)

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After you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear your perspective.

What’s an example of when you were able to transform your anger into something healthy and positive?

My intention is to help Ava gain a deeper understanding of how this works through positive, concrete examples.

So please leave a comment below with your story.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

As always, thank you so much for reading, watching and adding your voice to the conversation. You make my world.

All my ❤️,

XO