Just Say “No”! | Learn To Say No Advice

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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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By | 2018-10-23T21:33:29+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Communication Skills|0 Comments

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Doris Pickering is an engaging, energetic and charismatic entrepreneur who brings her sought after public speaking and presentation training programs to ambitious business owners and professionals who are ready to improve their public speaking skills.