learn to say no advice

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to say No to people?

Whether it’s someone coming to your door to sell something, ask for a favor or seeking a donation to their charity, people really struggle to Just Say No.

 

We make up all kinds of excuses that beg for more time, but never creates a decision – “I need to wait till my spouse is here”, “Let me check my schedule and I’ll get back to you”, “That’s such a great cause, I’ll let you know when I confirm how much I can give”.

 

One of the most powerful exercises I participated in was going to a shopping center and getting 3 strangers to say No to my proposal. It didn’t matter what my proposal was, my goal was to get them to say No.

 

I was amazed at how hard it was for strangers, who didn’t know me at all, to just say No to my invitation to attend a workshop. They made all kinds of excuses but found it so hard to just end with a No.

 

This has nothing to do with the Sales model of getting through Nos to get to a Yes. But if you reflect on the creative ways you avoid saying No, it will be an eye-opener!

 

Learning how to be gracious but firm when you aren’t interested in something is a great thing to practice! Saying “No, thank you” or “No, but thanks anyway” is a great way to be decisive but nice.

 

Public Speaking takes many forms. You don’t always have to be presenting to a large group, but often it is just being comfortable talking to one person and saying one word – No.

 

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