How Do You Say “NO”?


You want to be accommodative towards people. You want to help out as best you can. However, too many people are more than willing to let you help out and will request more from you if you let them. When this happens, you need to learn how to say no.

  1. If you have too much on your plate, you need to let people know
    this. Otherwise, people will continue to ask for more. To be fair, one person may not know that several others have requested doing something for them. That is why you are responsible for letting others know.
  2. Ask people for reasons why they are requesting you to do things
    for them. If they have a valid reason, you can consider doing it. But, if they are just trying to pass off their work, you will know from their response, and it will be easier for you to say no.
  3. Don’t beat around the bush when people ask for something. They will perceive you as being weak, and they will take advantage of that weakness. Once they discover that, they will continue coming back for more requests.
  4. You don’t want to cop an attitude when saying no. You want to politely state that it is not the right time for you. If the requester gets agitated because you said no, stay polite, but firm. You are in control of your time, and you must let them know that.
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