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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.
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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:
If you’d like more MarieTVs related to the topic of saying no, check these out:
- How To Back Out Gracefully
- Saying No To Promoting Others With Honesty & Class
- How To Be Direct With A Business Partner: 4 Simple Steps
- Exactly What to Say to Late & No Show Customers
- How Making Less Choices Gives You More Freedom
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.
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With all my love and appreciation,